Don't forget the mosquito repellent!
Ubud is in the center of Bali set in tropical forest and rice fields, so the mosquitos abound here. You shouldn't forget packing mosquito repellent and put it on, specially at the end of the afternoon. The hotels in Ubud usually provide mosquito coils in the rooms. Also, at night, use long sleeves and pants or longer skirts to avoid bites.
A portent of good things to come
Café Wayan is my first taste of Ubud, my initial encounter with this little piece of food haven.
My not too adventurous spirit prompted me to stick to a more familiar dish - so I had chicken curry for my first meal in Ubud. And it is was wonderful!
The curry sauce was light, and just rightly spiced (tell the waiter to temper the spices if you don't want it too spicy). The chicken, with the exotic spices - a hint of lemon grass, ginger - infused within, was tender and really melts in your mouth.
For dessert? Black rice pudding - yummy!
All these in Café Wayan's relaxed, and lush garden setting. I love their chicken curry. The café is also known for their cakes and pastries displayed up front.
This is a beautiful restaurant with indoor & outdoor dining. Go for lunch & enjoy the spectacular view high above the Tjampuhan River. Service was good, but the food was better! Nice background music. This is the kind of place for a lovely meal & cocktails with close friends out on the veranda. The menu is rather eclectic. I had some type of sea scallop appetizer, a spicy papaya salad & a glass of Flores tea. My total bill was Rp. 83,950.
Welcome to the place where Rangda resides
The Balinese legend of Rangda the witch originated in the Ubud area at this time, when the half-Balinese King Airlangga ruled Java And Bali, with its capital located then in Batuan, southeast of Ubud. The Barong and Calinarong dances which visitors still enjoy derived from the story of Airlangga's struggle against the plagues and evil spells cast by Rangda, who is purportedly buried in a tomb near Kutri, southeast of Ubud
The marriage of Balinese Prince Udayana of the Warmadewa dynasty to east Javanese Princess Mahendradatta in A.D. 989 led to even closer cooperation between Java and Bali. Airlangga (991-1046) was born to the royal couple around 1001. As a young man, the prince was sent to Java for his education. There, Airlangga married a princess and became a local chief in the kingdom of his uncle Dharma Wangsa. Shortly after Airlangga's arrival, Wangsa was attacked by the forces of Sriwijaya and murdered. Airlangga ascended to the throne, becoming one of the most glorious monarchs in Java's history. The dynasty he put in place—more centralized and less Indianized than any up to that time—lasted for more than 300 years. As befits an Indic hero, Airlangga ultimately renounced the kingdom he'd made great and died a hermit under the guidance of his spiritual adviser.
A fascinating legend relates how Airlangga's kingdom was nearly destroyed by a plague supposedly brought by the dreadful witch Rangda, queen of evil spirits. According to some historians, Rangda was Airlangga's own mother, Mahendradatta, whom her husband had sent into the jungle for practicing black magic. Other theorists maintain Rangda sought revenge against Airlangga because he did not side with her when his father took a second wife.
God of war temple
Here is a complex of temple, and this one is temple ffor God of War. Almost the same with Chinese, people here will give some offering to God of War, wishing for protection. This temple is more glitzy gold and looks well maintained, compare to other here.