Jatiluwih and Tegalalang Rice Terraces Bali: The Most Beautiful Bali Rice Fields

Bali rice terraces

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!

Milijana Gabrić, the travel blogger of WorldTravelConnector.com in Tegalalang rice terrace near Ubud in Bali I Ubud rice terraces are must-see Bali rice terraces
Me in Tegalalang rice terraces near Ubud in Bali

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BALI RICE TERRACES 

1. JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES  – UNESCO Rice Terraces in Bali

A photo of Jatiluwih Bali rice terraces

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.

Views of Jatiluwih Bali rice terraces

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.

Milijana Gabrić, the travel blogger form WorldTravelConnector.com walking in Jatiluwih Bali rice terraces
Me in Jatiluwih rice fields in 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.

Bali rice terraces

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.

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2. TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES – Ubud Rice Fields 

Tegalalang rice terrace near Ubud are one of the best Bali rice terraces

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 are one of the most beautiful Bali rice terraces

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.

Tegalalang rice terrace are Bali rice terraces near Ubud

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 terrace are Bali rice terraces near Ubud

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!

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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:

UPSCALE: Villa Sindu Ubud, Villa Sabandari, Blue Karma Nestling Ubud, Korurua Villa, Green Field Resort Ubud

MID-RANGE: The Tegal Ubud Villa, Joglo Campuhan VillageKailash Suites at Gunung Sari  Jungle Lotus Villas

BUDGET: Dewi Antara Homestay, Tanggal Merah Guest House, Umayuri Inn

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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Traveling to Bali for the first time? Check here everything (visa, flights, weather, internet, travel insurance, currency exchange etc) you need to know before you go.

Need a help with an itinerary? Don’t worry! Backpacking or not, it doesn’t matter. This Bali itinerary for first-timers has some great suggestions.

Want to see more than rice terraces Bali? You might be interested in chasing waterfalls in Bali?! Take a look at this Bali Waterfall Guide.

Need some more suggestions?! What about some sea time and gorgeous beaches of nearby Nusa Lembongan island? Read more in Nusa Lembongan travel guide.

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44 comments

  1. Oh my goodness, you really did find the most beautiful rice fields! Bali has been on my list for so long and seeing the rice fields are definitely a part of the reason why! I’m pinning your post so that I can refer to it when my dream trip finally happens!

  2. These are such beautiful photos! I like that one of the names translates to really beautiful. It’s definitely true. I would love to be able to go there and see the rice terraces in person.

  3. Hi Mila,

    Beautiful images. Tegelalang are gorgeous terraces. We spent a month in a village about 3 minutes from these terraces so showed up at 6 AM one day, well before the tourist rush. We had the place to ourselves. Foggy day too. Mysterious looking. Loved it.

    Ryan

    1. Hi, Ryan

      Thanks! I can only imagine how beautiful your month in the village has been! Lucky you! πŸ€
      Btw, I like mysterious days and places. πŸ˜‰

      Milijana

  4. These terraces remind me of Sikkim in India, which is hilly, but whose people have an almost unnatural hankering for rice, which does not usually grow in hilly terrain. The photographs look breathtaking.

  5. Wow. I never thought of Bali like this. I mean you gave me a reason to visit Bali. I always avoided visiting the place because of the honeymooning crowds but this is something I need to do.

    1. Hey there!

      If you want to avoid the crowds m, my suggestion would be to go the Jatiluwih rice fields. 600 hectares are more than enough to get lost in ! πŸ˜„

      Xoxo

  6. These rice terraces are such a sight to sore eyes. I loved them all and I happened to visit some after rains. They just look so fresh and inviting. Glad to know the prices for a tour of them

  7. I’ve always adored the rice terraces in bali during my many visits there. I must agree that the Jatiluwah rice fields are more beautiful and peaceful than the Tegalalang ones. Both places are a treat to visit during early morning when the air is still cool and fresh.

  8. I can`t believe how green this place is… Can`t wait to visit it with my camera!
    I pinned this post to my Indonesia board on Pinterest! Dreamy place!!!

  9. Aw, I missed both of these when I was in Bali last summer because I was too nervous to rent a motorbike. I did a couple of the rice field walks near Ubud (like right in town), but they were pretty commercialized. The Jatiluwah rice terraces seem much more beautiful.

  10. It’s all so beautiful and green! I can’t wait for summer to arrive but I know everything will turn brown pretty quickly. It’s nice to see such a lush, green spot!

    1. Thanks, Katherine.

      I hope the summer heat won’t be so strong to β€˜destroy’ the beauty of greenery . πŸ˜‰

  11. I have to admit Bali is high on my list of places to go just for photographing the rice fields. And now I have an amazing guide to find the best ones. Thanks so much, pinned for future reference.

  12. This reminds me so much of the rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines. So cool to know that Bali also has its own amazing rice terraces. πŸ™‚ It’s so great to know that these where created without mechanical machines. People can really be creative and innovative when needed!

  13. Love it, especially the Jatiluwih. Just got back a few weeks ago, and do need to warn/advise visitors that Nov/March is rainy season. The rice fields are much greener then, the colors really POP, but blue skies may be harder to find and there WILL be some rain pretty much every day…

    1. Thanks for a good advice. 😘 Yes, March is the end of rainy season and still can be some rain. I had also partially rainy and partially sunny day there . But, no rain – no rice. πŸ˜‰

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