From Bunutan back to Ubud
Distance: approximately 5 km
Time: approximately 2 hours
Degree of difficulty: most of the time very easy with a short, steep descent in the beginning.
Food & Drink: several small establishments to buy provisions.
Sun and Shade: the first half shady, the second half you mostly walk in the sun.
You will receive a map and a road description before leaving.
Have a Villa Sabandari driver bring you to Bunutan or take a bemo, a small bus (at the corner of the palace/Monkey Forrest Road. 5000 Rp.). The walks starts at a side road (see map point 1) with directions to Hotel The Payogan.
Walk to the Pura Dalem temple at the end of this side road. Take the road at the left side of the temple. It bends to the right immediately and after 100 meters to the left. At the first detached house, you take the small path at the right. The path runs along the wall. Follow this path that, after 100 meters, goes down to the river.
Watch out because it is a steep descent and the path can be slippery.
Continu your way down. In a sharp bend to the right, you will see a small private temple, deep down at your left hand side. The forest path keeps going down steeply. At the mandi (washing) and laundry area for the local people, you go right and follow the river.
Walk 100 meters on the concrete wall or through the ferns. The young shoots of these ferns are used in a traditional Balinese dish called 'Lawar'. Cross the first bridge (see map section 2) and take the slightly rising path, parallel to the river. 50 meters after a sharp left turn, you reach an asphalt road. Turn left here.
Keep following this hilly road for about 800 meters until you reach a temple. You'll pass a small shop and a few art studios.
At the Pura Pucak Payogan (See map point 3) turn right. Here the road goes down to a small stone bridge over a deep ravine.
After the bridge the road turns to the right and starts going up.
You walk past some shops that mainly sell paintings. On the left you see the entrance to The lifestyle hotel Prana Shanti. The road with beautiful views continues. Beyond a woodcarving studio you reach the rice fields.
The road continues slightly uphill to a T-junction (see map point 4). You go right in the direction of Sunset Hill. Along the way a lot of cafes and art studios. The local handicraft is the painting of eggs. At a V-junction, take right towards Sunset Hill. A short distance ahead is a higher plateau between the rice fields. In a simple restaurant, with a rice field view on both sides, you can have a drink or something to eat. Another opportunity is the more upscale 'Klub Kokos', a little further on your right. Art exhibitions are frequently held at this location. Beyond this restaurant, the road gets narrower. You will pass the Sunset Hill Spa and a private domain where the picturesque roofs of temples protrude above the walls.
From here the road descends to a landscaped walkway with square pavement. The rest of the walk you stay on a green hill, covered mainly with alang-alang grass, walking between two rivers. These supposedly rampant weeds are used to cover traditional Balinese roofs. The cut stalks are bundled to dry. Villa Sabandari also has a few buildings with traditional roofs made of alang-alang grass. You might meet the blind Ketut Kerta here. This kind man often sits under a homemade shelter at the side of the road. He speaks a little English and tries to sell young coconuts. He cuts the coconut in half for you so that you can drink the coconut milk.
After a short descent you arrive at the Campuhan bridge, where century old trees again give some shade (see map point 5). From the lower part of the bridge you can see the confluence of the Wos and the Sungai Sungai Cerik. The name Campuhan means something like 'Mix'. The result of the mixing of the two rivers gives holy water used for cremations. Sometimes people bathe in the confluence, because the water is said to have healing powers. "Obat" means medicine in Bahasa Indonesia and it has been suggested that the name 'Ubud' is derived from this word.
A staircase leads you to the main street of Ubud. To return to the center, go left through the tunnel.