Exploring Gianyar - Guide to Gianyar, Bali

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Stretching from the southeast coastline to central Bali, the Gianyar regency incorporates the city of Gianyar and the cultural hub of Ubud. But as Ubud deserves a guide to itself, we’ll focus on the other highlights of Gianyar here.

With less tourist infrastructure than vacation hotspots like Seminyak or Canggu, rural Gianyar has a more authentically Balinese ambience. Black sand beaches fringe the coast and traditional markets, rice terraces, and rainforest await inland.

Attractions are spread across the regency, and include temples, wildlife parks, and waterfalls. And everything is easily reachable from within the region or as day trips from Ubud or Sanur.

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Where to Stay in Gianyar , Bali

Accommodation within the regency spans chic ocean-view villas to luxury treehouses in the jungle.

Five-star resorts are clustered on the Keramas coastline and in the wild forests to the north of Ubud. If beautiful interior design is your thing, there are some truly unique accommodations here. Eco-friendly bamboo stays, boutique hotels designed by renowned creatives, and luxe suites overlooking the river gorge are all possible.

If you’re staying outside of Ubud, we recommend hiring a car and driver (or a scooter) to explore the area.

Luxury Hotels in Gianyar

Mid-Range Hotels in Gianyar

Budget Stays in Gianyar

Know Where to Go for Food and Drinks in Gianyar

Eating in rural Gianyar generally means traditional Balinese fare.

Family-run warung (simple eateries) and restaurants overlooking the rice paddies are common. And as long as you can stomach the spice, this is a great place to get to grips with the local cuisine.

You can have breakfast on ayam bubur (rice porridge with chicken and curry sauce) and pig out with nasi campur (rice with assorted vegetable and meat sides) for lunch.

If you’d rather stick to western fare, try one of the hotel restaurants or a beach club on the coast.

Or, if all else fails, head into Ubud where world-class dining, vegan eateries, and stone-baked pizzas await.

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Things to Do in Gianyar

Cultural sights and attractions are speckled across the region. 

Bali Zoo, Bali Safari Park, and Bali Bird Park are all situated within the region, and make for great family days out. Bali Safari houses accommodation and restaurants too, with elephant back rides and African-style safaris to see zebras, lions, tigers, rhinos, and more.

To the north of the regency lie the picturesque rice terraces of Tegallalang and the ancient temples of Tampaksiring. Getting a Balinese water blessing, known as melukat, is one of the highlights of a visit to Tampaksiring’s Tirta Empul water temple. Further south in Batuan, you can tour the impressive village temple and see Batuan’s artists creating the intricate paintings that have made the town famous.

Or, if surfing’s your sport, head to the Keramas coast where pros battle the heavy reef breaks at international surf comps every year.

Tours and Activities in Gianyar

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