On our second day in Ubud I wanted to chase waterfalls so that’s exactly what we did. We hired a driver to take us to a few waterfalls, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan, the Tegalalang rice terraces, and the Goa Gajah Temple (the Elephant Cave). It was a full day spent in a car with amazing stops along the way.
Our first stop of the day was the Tegalalang rice terraces. They were about a half hour drive outside of Ubud but didn’t take much effort to get to and the view was amazing. It is just crazy to me that this is how rice is grown. On the side of a mountain, in humid temperatures, with snakes everywhere. Definitely not the job for Reagan or I.
Next up was the Tukad Cepung waterfall. It was about a 30 minute hike into the waterfall, which was all downhill so getting out was a lot of work, but it was so worth it. The waterfall is in a cave so the lighting wasn’t great but man was it beautiful. I am glad we convinced our driver to take us there, it was about an hour and a half from the rice terraces.
After these two sights we stopped for lunch at what I would call a “tourist trap” but the food was really good and not terribly overpriced so we weren’t upset with our drivers choice of restaurant for lunch. The second waterfall we went to is the most famous one in Bali, Tegenungan waterfall. It was very crowded but not so much that you couldn’t still get some nice photos with little to no people in the background. We spent about an hour at this waterfall just hanging out and having a beer while people watching. It was nice to just relax instead of getting straight back in the vehicle after seeing it.
Our last stop of the day was Goa Gajah Temple aka the Elephant Cave. Neither of us had ever been inside a temple before and Reagan thought it was quite funny that we had to wear sarongs to go in. It was really interesting to experience an Indonesian temple, checked that off the bucket list.
We were exhausted after our adventures but knew it was our last night in Ubud so when we got back to our Air BnB we quickly showered and then hit the town for some drinks and dinner. We stopped at a spot on the main drag since they had 2 for 1 martinis and we lucked out because not only were they delicious they were also served on dry ice which was so cool. I am a sucker for creative and interesting cocktails so obviously I loved this spot, you can’t beat 7$ for two… until you get Bali Belly that is.
For dinner we were both craving something a little more common to what we eat at home after eating so much Indonesian food over the last few days so we opted for a Caesar salad and a meaty pizza.. boring I know. But we also needed to carb up for our night of “clubbing”. I feel like I am getting too old to use that kind of vocabulary, 30 is really hitting me these days.