Traveling to Bali? Want to witness some gorgeous Bali rice terraces? Wish to see the best rice fields in Bali?
There are plenty of rice terraces in Bali.
But you want to see the most beautiful Bali rice fields, right? You don’t want the best Bali rice terrace, but ‘best of the best rice terraces in Bali’?
Ok, then please do not look any further.
Because these two rice fields Bali will definitely fulfill all your desires, expectations and dreams of what should the most beautiful green rice fields look like!
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BALI RICE TERRACES
1. JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES – UNESCO Rice Terraces in Bali
Jatiluwih rice terraces in Bali are the largest rice fields in Bali covering over 600 hectares (1,480 acres). Yes, you have read it correctly: this is a 600 hectare Bali rice field!!
Believe me, Jatiluwih rice field terraces are the most impressive, scenic, photogenic, vast and peaceful rice fields in Bali.
Jatiluwih rice terrace can literally be translated as ‘Really Beautiful’ since in Balinese ‘Jati’ means ‘really’ and ‘Luwih’ ‘beautiful’ or ‘good’.
Jatiluwih rice filed terraces are famous Bali UNESCO rice fields. UNESCO listed them as a World Heritage Site.
These Really Beautiful rice fields are created only by hands of local people, without the use of mechanical machines and using traditional subak agricultural watering system based on the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy. The Tri Hita Karana Philosophy is ancient Balinese concept which unites into harmony 3 worlds: the natural, spirits and human world. As such the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy is a distinctive part of unique Balinese culture . Therefore, UNESCO listed Jatiluwah rice fields in Bali in Indonesia as a World Heritage Site.
Do you want to get lost in the silence of nature, dramatic lush greenery, fresh air with no pollution? Then trekking or simply wandering around Jatiluwih cascading Bali rice paddies is the answer to all your wishes.
It’s not surprising that Obama family, former First Family of the US have chosen to trek Jatiluwih rice fields on their visit to Bali.
There are 3 different marked routes to trek Jatiluwih Bali terraced rice fields. The longest Bali rice terrace route takes 4.3 mi (7 km) and the shortest 0.8 mi (1.4 km).
Entrance ticket to Jatiluwih rice terrace Bali is 40k INR (≈ 4 USD) for foreigners or 15k INR (≈ 1,5 USD) for Indonesians. The money goes to the villager’s fund for the fields’ maintenance.
The Jatiluwih rice fields are located in West Bali, 30 mi (48 km) from Denpasar and 25 mi (40 km) from Ubud, Bali. They are the ultimate paradise getaway from Bali’s main attractions for all nature lovers.
2. TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES – Ubud Rice Fields
Tegallalang rice terraces in Bali are one of the main tourist attractions in Bali and are more touristy and much smaller than the Jatiluwih rice fields.
Tegalalang rice terrace is located near Ubud. In fact, these Bali rice terraces are only 20 min drive from Ubud. If you have seen photos of Ubud rice fields on social media, then probably you have seen Tegalalang rice terrace in Bali. Hence, Tegallalang rice terrace is widely known as Ubud rice terrace.
Exploring Tegallalang rice terraces is one of top 10 things to do in Ubud! Hiking down and walking up to the other side of Tegallang rice valley can take from 30 min – 1,5 hour. There is no entrance fee for Tegallalang rice terraces in Bali but donations are welcome. Yes, entrance to this rice field Bali is free. But, be respectful and generous to people who take care of it.
Tegalalang rice paddy, Bali looks like a true patchwork art. And finally, you should rest assured: walk around Bali Tegalalang rice terrace is going to reward you with lots of photo opportunities!
Jatiluwih vs Tegalalang? What is the most beautiful rice terraces in Bali? Which rice terrace Bali you should see?
If you ask me should you visit Jatiluwih or Tegalalang, my answer would be: preferably both! But if you choose to visit only one of these two best Bali rice terraces, in each case you can’t get wrong!
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WHERE TO STAY IN UBUD
Ubud is a must-see in Bali, a cultural mecca of Bali and a great base to explore Bali and visit rice fields in Bali.
Tegalalang rice terraces are 10 km away from Ubud and Jatiluwih rice fields are 40 km away from Ubud.
It means, 20 min drive takes from Ubud to Tegalalang rice terrace, or an hour and a half drive from Ubud to Jatiluwih rice terrace.
Recommended Ubud Bali hotels, Ubud villas and Ubud guesthouses:
BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI RICE TERRACES
Bali is close to the equator. Thus, Bali has warm weather all year round with average temperatures around 26-27ºC (79-81ºF) with around 85% air humidity. There are two seasons in Bali: dry and wet. Dry season in Bali goes from May to October, and the wet season goes from November to May.
The rainiest months in Bali are December, January, and February. But, still, the average temperature in Bali in December is 27ºC (81ºF), while the temperatures in January and February are similar averaging around 26ºC (79ºF). Although the rain showers can be strong in December, the high season in Bali is December with the peak for the holidays from December 23 to January 6.
On account of two seasons, Bali has also two rice planting and harvesting seasons. The rice is planted in Bali from January to February, and from July and August. The rice is harvested from April to May, and from October to November.
If you want to see the most beautiful, green, and lush rice terraces in Bali, you should go to Bali during the wet season from October to March.
March would arguably be the best month to see lush green rice fields in Bali. March is the transition period from the wet season to the dry season, and just before the start of rice harvest season in April.
MAP OF JATILUWAH AND TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES IN BALI
Location of the rice paddies Bali: rice terrace Tegalalang (Ubud rice terraces) and Jatiluwih terrace (UNESCO rice fieds Bali)
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