Ubud and Gianyar area in Bali is close each other. Both of them can be say as the heart of Bali culture. In these place we can find the finest handicraft, mask and statue produced by the local. Also in Ubud, it is the finest retreat place in Bali. Travelling around these area by Bali car rental would be very recommended as you can go anywhere anytime and everywhere you like.
Below are the places that you can visit while you are entering Ubud from Sanur or Gianyar Bali:
Batuan is the center of the paint art, you will meet some of Gallery here. The traditional painters here usually use black ink for painting. Today, the new style exploited. They produce painting on many kind of idea on one canvas. Not only for the new style, but they also painting modern idea like paint a surfer taking the action, tourist make a photograph, etc. Here, you also will see the center of wood carved handicrafts. In every full moon, the old Bali traditional dance performs in Pura Puseh.
Mas is the center of wood carved handicraft, especially wood mask. Not only wood mask, Mas also the center of carved furniture like table and chair. They use hardwood tree as the raw. You will meet some of art stores along your trip to Mas. Mostly, the customers are a tourist group by bus. Beside the one at the main street, the stores are also situated at the housing where it is far enough from the main street. The big and popular stores here, mostly shows several of the finest Bali handicraft.
There are two places that you can visit in Blahbatuh. First is the Pura Gadung. It has the head statue from stone and 1 meter height which is known as the picture of Kebo Iwa On the legend he is a strong man and occupy as the minister of Bedulu Kingdom. It is proofed when Gajah Mada, Mahapatih of Majapahit Kingdom, aware that he can not overpower the Bedulu Kingdom. It was a powerful kingdom when Kebo Iwa still alive. Because of that, Gajah Mada asked Kebo Iwa to go to Java and asked somebody to kill him.
The head statue is very old, but the Pura is the imitation of the original of Pura Gadung which shattered by the earthquake at 1917.
The second is Tegenungan Water Fall or Srog Srogan Water fall, at Petanu River, it is located about 2 kilometers at southwest of Blahbatuh. You can find the best water fall view by following the clue at Kemenuh.
Kutri is located at the north of Blahbatuh. The interesting Pura names Pura Kadarman or known as Pura Bukit Dharma is situated here. If you climb the hill back the Pura and reach the top of the hill. Not only the beautiful panorama you will find but also a place of sacrifice and stone statue pictures Dewi Durga kill a buffalo which is out of it mind.
Bona is located between Gianyar and Blahbatuh. It is known as the beginning of Kecak dance. It is usually performed together with the other dances in Bona, but it is rarely perform again for tourist today. Mostly the tourists come from Ubud by travel agent. Bona also known as the center of plait basket and the others leaf of Palmyra palm plait.
Belega, near Bona, is the center of bamboo furniture. The workshops full by bamboo chair, table, bed, and wardrobe which usually use by Hotel in Bali.