Updated July 6, 2019
Considered among the best in Asia and therefore in the world, a visit to the rice terraces is something essential on every trip to Bali because:
- They are an awesome landscape.
- Unlike other well-known like Banaue in the Philippines and Yunnan in China, which need many hours exclusively to get there, the Balinese are easily accessible.
- In addition, those other sites, the best time to see them is only for a few months a year, but in Bali the terraces are planted in rotation, so at any time of the year there will be areas that are the luscious green we want to see.
Personally, I didn’t go to Banaue; we did go to the famous Longji terraces, and although the ones in Bali are not so magnificent, they seemed to me of great beauty.
Because of its location in a narrow valley, Tegallalang is the most steeped area, immediately north of Ubud. It is reached by road in less than half an hour from the village, either renting a scooter or a bicycle, or by hiring a car with driver. The bad thing, being so close to Ubud, receive many tourists. The good thing is that they are free.
There is no accommodation, but kiosks and street vendors to take something. I did not visit them, because when I went they were not green, and I preferred to go to Jatiluwih, but luckily, my friend and great traveler Mireia has visited them not once but twice.
Its name means “trully marvellous”. World Heritage of UNESCO since 2012, the largest are those of Jatiluwih, 40 km northwest of Ubud, so it takes over an hour and a half to get there.
Still worthwhile, because in this area the landscape is wide open and the image of the valley is spectacular.
Also, being further away from Ubud and Kuta, most tourists prefer to go to Tegallalang, so there are hardly any tourists and rural charm is authentic.
However, since became heritage of UNESCO, they are a regular stop for many of the organized tours that pass through this area on their way to Ulun Danu Peratan, and you have to pay 40,000 Rp per person to reach the road leading to the rice paddies (the price has doubled in the last 3 years).
Along the 18 km road there are restaurants and some accommodation for those wishing to loiter at terraces for hours; There are basic sites without hot water from Rp 280,000 to 1,600,000 per night resorts (seems a lot, but it’s just over 100 €).
AT THE BASE OF GUNUNG AGUNG
The most sacred volcano in Bali has paddies in its base, although few terraces because the area is quite flat, together with the image of the volcano is an extraordinary composition. To get there, the best is a rented vehicle or driver, or as part of one of the tours that go to Pura Besakih.
In the village itself, which does not lack anything, there is also rice terraces. There is a field between the streets Jl Monkey Forest and Jl Hanoman. In many restaurants in Jl Monkey Forest you can have lunch or dinner by the rice field.
AND ALMOST IN ANYWHERE OF THE ISLAND
We will pass many smaller terraces on the way to temples, beaches and other points of tourist interest.