Storms and Terraces

Trip Start Feb 18, 2011
Trip End Mar 05, 2011

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Where I stayed
Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa Ubud
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Tegallantang Rice Terrace Ubud
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Before heading towards Ubud we went to Klapa resort for a drink and to take in the seaside view. However after an hour here I was itching to reach our next destination.

The best part of the day was spent travelling to our next destination, Kupu Kupu Barong in Ubud. This is another wonderful resort, this time perched high in the rainforests overlooking a steep valley, with local style huts tapered on the mountain side. The view was breathtaking.


That evening we rushed to the Elephant Safari Park Lodge, desperate to make it before closing. I had read that we were not to accept any imitations of this place, but having read that famous Aussie conservationist Steve Irwin had given this place praise was good enough for me.

Again we were lucky, it was just before closing so the guide asked if we didn't mind having a slightly longer ride on the elephant before its bedtime foddering. Of course we didn't, as he took us around what I guess is his extended circuit on a trail through the trees. The guide was talkative all the way around explaining different plants and wildlife as we went. He explained the elephant was an endangered Sumatran Elephant which they were working hard to preserve.

Storms and Terraces

The next day as we ate breakfast over looking the valley and admiring the beautiful villages perched on the side, known as kampongs in Indonesia, I could see the rain clouds were forming. Not long later the skies let rip for two hours with an immense storm… I say immense, it's probably all too common in this mountainous area. As we drove into Ubud the roads were invisible under the on rushing water. Store workers and locals were perched onto the sides of buildings, everybody just had to wait for it to subside.
The rain stops as quickly as it starts and the water passes downhill. We made our way to the spectacular Ubud ricefield terraces. The lush green of this view is captivating. We walked along and down trying to get photographs to do the view justice. It is just impossible though.
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