Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Would you be willing to travel for 2 hours while passing through bumpy roads just to see rice paddies?

Normally, I wouldn’t. I mean, they’re just rice paddies! What’s the big deal?

But what if the view of the rice paddies is as amazing as this?

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I’d say: “TAKE ME THERE!!!”

And so, our driver Made did just that.

Jatiluwih is an agricultural village located in the Penebel district of Tabanan in West Bali, which has expansive rice terraces with picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012 because of its unique water management and irrigation system called “subak,” wherein the rice fields are built around the temples and the water from the rivers flows into canals, and then branches out on to the rice paddies. In this system, the priests are tasked to manage the allocation of the water, but the whole community takes part in helping maintain the system. The subak reflects the philosophical concept of Tri Hita Karana, which brings together nature, the people, and the gods so that they all live in harmony.

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Balinese water management and irrigation system called “subak”
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Water flows into the rice fields
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The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2012

Being there will make you feel like you are wearing green-colored glasses because you will be surrounded by so much greenery! The scenery and the view of the deep, green rice fields is incredible! As I looked at the towering terraces, I could imagine climbing up each step and almost reaching Mount Batukaru, Bali’s second highest volcano, which is close to the rice fields.

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In this rural area, aside from the few restaurants, there are not many commercial establishments nearby. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is about 1.5-2 hours away from the city of Denpasar so it is not the most accessible attraction. The best way — and perhaps the only way — to get here is by hiring a driver or driving your own car or motorbike (if you have the energy), as there are no means of public transportation here. Because traveling all the way here is quite a challenge, not too many people come here, thus, the place is able to maintain its  state of serenity. Away from the crowds, this is really a wonderful place to seek some peace and quiet and be one with nature. No wonder this is Made’s favorite attraction in Bali!

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Come and walk with us through the rice fields of Jatiluwih! But watch your step because some pathways are slippery! (My husband Mike actually slipped on the mud and had to walk around with brown stuff on the butt area of his shorts which looked like crap. Literal crap and figurative crap.)

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White rice, brown rice, or red rice? Take your pick from these bags of rice being sold along the streets!
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My husband, being a gentleman. He’s worried that his clumsy wife will slip.
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Check it out, I found a handsome farmer! 😉
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My best allies in this trip: my camera, my hat, and my comfortable and anti-slip walking shoes! I shouldn’t have brought my bag though. It was a drag to carry around while walking!
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Fresh!

It looks like April (or, based on what I’ve read, anytime from February to April) is the best time to visit the rice terraces because this is when the rice crops are the greenest, tallest, and healthiest, although I also heard that the place is stunning any time of the year. Just make sure to check the weather before planning a trip here. I wouldn’t advise going there on a rainy day because of all the trekking along muddy paths.

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So much greeeeen!
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Lucky fella! He gets to bask in the gorgeous view of the rice terraces all day!

A rice field plantation this vast is easy to navigate when you have a tour guide. But for those planning on traversing it by themselves, there are arrows pointing to the tracking route, as well as a tracking map that shows visitors info on the short track, semi middle track, middle track, long track, and extra track.

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Our driver / guide Made is all smiles because he’s in his favorite spot in Bali!
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Isn’t this the most stunning background?

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More green to soothe your tired eyes

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This view is more for me 🙂
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Everything is worth taking a photo of
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Healthy-looking rice
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Fields of green
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How funny that the red rice has its own directional sign! Now you know where to find red rice!
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A random bridge

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Giving offerings to the Gods is such a huge part of Balinese culture, and even here in the middle of the rice fields, a statue where people can say their prayers and give their offerings stands. Rice is not only important to the Balinese people as a crop, but it is also considered to be a gift from the Gods.

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All this walking is making me hungry!

For lunch, we stopped by Billy’s Terrace Café, one of the restaurants around Jatiluwih with a good view of the rice terraces. It was a buffet-style restaurant which has been around since 1969.

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The food here was average and nothing stood out for me, really. We had the same experience with our buffet lunch in Kintamani where the view was much more delicious than our food. Still, it was a nice place to stop by for a quick meal.

After lunch, we walked around Jatiluwih some more. We were fascinated to see the whole of Mount Batukaru as they overlooked the sweeping rice fields, with their peaks touching the clouds.

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How many mountains do you see?
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Now, how many mountains do you see?

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I’m happiest when I’m traveling and when taking photos!
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Look at how well-preserved the rice fields are!

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A few tourists and some people from the community walking around
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A little home in the middle of the rice fields
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A jackfruit hanging from the tree
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I used to just see this place in postcards… now, I’m IN the postcard!!!
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Correction: WE’RE in the postcard!

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Being in the middle of the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces really inspires a feeling of amazement and tranquility. Seeing this marvelous and infinite green land with my own eyes, after just seeing its beauty in photos and postcards, was an extraordinary experience. Was it worth the 2-hour drive? Look at the photos again and tell me if seeing all this natural beauty isn’t worth it!

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Address: Jatiluwih Village, Tabanan 82152,Indonesia
Admission: IDR 20,000 per adult (PHP 72 / USD 2)
How to Get There: Rent a private car with driver / guide. I recommend Galih Bali Tour.

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Comments

  1. Amazing nature and both of you looking so cute!!

    1. Nadine Smith says:

      Thanks, Cerasela! 🙂
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  2. very beautiful pictures and lovely dishes as well.keep up the good work

    1. Nadine Smith says:

      Thanks, Elliot! 🙂

  3. Adetunji says:

    There is no doubt that you both had an amazing time with those beautiful scenery. Would be nice to visit such place at some point. Enjoyed reading the post.

    1. Nadine Smith says:

      Oh, we had a ball! 🙂 Thanks, Adetunji!

  4. Tinga says:

    Love this, so refreshing to see a different type of post from Indonesia! Hope you had an amaze time!
    T x

    1. Nadine Smith says:

      You used the right word: REFRESHING! Look at all that greenery! 🙂

  5. Jasmin N says:

    Oh my goodness that looks so amazing! Loved to visit there someday 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
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    1. Nadine Smith says:

      It’s a must when in Bali! It’s not everyday you get to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site 🙂

  6. Saranda says:

    This looks so amazing! I went to Bali a couple years a go but did not walk through the rice fields because of my travel companion… Now I am regretting this decision even more!
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    1. Nadine Smith says:

      Hi, Saranda! Well, not a lot of people go there coz they find it too far, and that’s understandable. 🙂 Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll have another chance to go back to Bali. Then you can finally go to the rice terraces! 🙂 Hope you find this post useful when you do decide to go there!

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