Take a deep dive into the artistic traditions of Bali as you explore the artisans and markets around the city of Ubud. Admire some of this island’s most impressive artistic traditions as you explore its diverse output of woodcarvings, paintings, architecture and more.
Begin your artistic trip in Ubud with pickup from your hotel at 1pm. Please note that some pickups will commence before this time. Continue your trip with your guide, driving towards Central Ubud. Take a break on the way to admire some traditional Balinese houses, a unique architectural style that has inspired countless designers around the world.
Reach the Puri Lukisan Museum, exploring its various exhibits on famous Balinese sculptors and painters. You’ll also learn about Bali’s wayang-style painting technique, a method that constituted the majority of the island’s output prior to the 1920s. Check out works by contemporary Ubud artists, and then see examples of traditional artistic styles such as Batuan (typical of Brahman artists) and Sanur, which uses a highly-stylized technique to depict various animals.
Head next to Puri Saren Ubud, the former residence of Bali’s last monarch. Explore the intricate architectural style of the compound’s traditional buildings, then proceed across the street to Ubud’s art market, to find a few bargains on a wide range of Balinese paintings and wood carvings, spanning both new and old styles.
Leave central Ubud behind as you continue to Bali’s lush countryside, where you’ll make a stop in Petulu Village. Gaze at the village’s community of gorgeous white herons (kokokan) who have called the area home since 1965. You’ll see literally thousands of the birds nesting in the trees during the months of October through March, when their chicks hatch. Then make a return trip back to Ubud for drop-off at your hotel.