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What is the Campuhan Ridge Walk?
A magnet for nature lovers and those in search of beautiful Balinese landscapes, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is one of the best things to do in Ubud. Known locally as Bukit Campuhan, the Campuhan Ridge Walk offers the most stunning panoramic vistas of the surrounding valleys. It will take you past traditional temples, lush greenery and dense jungle, before reaching breathtaking paddy fields and tiered rice terraces at the end. I do it whenever I stay in Ubud, like when I spent 3 weeks in Singapore, Malaysia and Bali, and each time it has been just as spectacular!
How long is the Campuhan Ridge Walk?
The length of the Campuhan Ridge Walk is ~2km (~1.2 miles) from start to end. It follows a palm-tree lined paved walkway up over the hillside, and will take ~30 minutes one way (if you don’t stop to take in the view and snap some photos, which of course you will want to). There is no option to make this walk into a loop walk, and you will need to double back on the same path used on the way. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is an easy-moderate walk, with some gentle inclines up over the hilltop. Although paved, it can be a little uneven as not all of the paving is level, so watch your step.
Tip: I would suggest allocating yourself a minimum of 2 hours to do the full walk, from Ubud to the end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk and back to Ubud. You will need a bit longer if you decide to stop for refreshments at the end.
Is there an entrance fee for the Campuhan Ridge Walk?
No. There is no cost for visiting the Campuhan Ridge Walk, making it one of the best free things to do in Bali. However you will want to make sure you have some Indonesian Rupiah with you because there are some Warungs (local restaurants) at the end, where you might want to stop for a fresh coconut or some Nasi Goreng.
How to get to the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud – A step by step guide
The start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk is within walking distance from central Ubud. To begin the ridge walk from Ubud, head towards Warwick IBAH Luxury Villas and Spa – this marks the starting point of the walk and is located ~10 minutes by foot from Ubud Palace (a central point in Ubud).
When you reach Warwick IBAH Luxury Villas and Spa, turn into it as if you were heading into the hotel. Before you reach Warwick IBAH, there is a road that goes left down the hill (Jl. Bangkiang Sidem) – walk down this, until you reach a bridge at the bottom.
Before crossing the bridge, you will see some steps to the right which will lead you across a smaller footbridge – cross this. Here, you might also see a sign which indicates that the Campuhan Ridge Walk is that way (but if you don’t, then don’t worry). Once you have crossed the footbridge, initially the path will take you alongside the outer walls of a traditional temple (Pura Gunung Lebah). Continue following this path (there is only one, so you can’t get lost) until you reach a paved walkway, which is the official start of the Campuhan Ridge Walk.
Follow the paved walkway up over the hilltop, past dense green jungle and palm trees, until you reach a settlement at the end. The pathway will take you past various Warungs serving local cuisine and refreshments, but I would suggest you stop at the Karsa Kafe which marks the end of the Campuhan Ridge Walk. The Karsa Kafe is set amongst the paddy fields with views over the tiered rice terraces, and is a tranquil spot to enjoy a drink (especially if you can grab a seat in one of the stilted huts above the pond).
When you have finished soaking in the views and serenity, turn around and follow exactly the same route back to Ubud.
Top tips for the Campuhan Ridge Walk
1. Go early or later in the day
Go early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the height of the midday sun. Personally, each time I have done the Campuhan Ridge Walk I have gone later in the afternoon (around 3pm) when the day is starting to cool, and luckily it has never been that busy. If you are going to go later in the day, make sure you get back to Ubud before the sun sets as there is no lighting on the ridge walk.
2. Take an umbrella with you
Take an umbrella if you are doing the ridge walk in Bali’s wet season (October-March). The walk is quite exposed and there is little shelter (apart from some trees), so if the Southeast Asian torrential rain hits you are going to get soaked (like I did on the way back one year).
3. Use a mosquito repellent
Consider spraying yourself with mosquito repellent before you go on the walk, because the route is right in the midst of jungle and rice fields (a haven for mosquitoes), so you might get bitten and there are mosquito-born diseases like Dengue Fever in Bali.
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4. Be sun-savvy
Top up your sun cream regularly and take something like a kimono or hat with you to cover up, especially if you decide to do this walk whilst the sun is high in the sky. As with the rain, there is little shelter from the sun so you are likely to get burnt.
5. Take some water with you
Take water with you, because until you reach the settlement at the end of the walk where Karsa Kafe and the other Warungs are located, you will not be able to buy any because the main ridge walk is an open expanse in amongst lush greenery and jungle.
6. Wear comfy shoes
Wear some comfortable footwear, because the ridge walk does have some inclines and can be uneven, so flip flops might not be the best idea in case you catch them on the edge of any paving stones.
7. Toilets are sparse
Ladies and gents, go to the loo before you leave central Ubud, as like with water, you will not be able to find a toilet until you can dash into a restaurant in the settlement at the end of the walk (and you might want to stash an emergency supply of tissue in your bag just in case the toilets don’t have any).
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