Tegalalang Rice Terrace – Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Denis here - "Om Swastiastu" - and I’m about to show you one of the most beautiful locations in Bali. I’m of course talking about the Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud! You’ve probably seen the rice terraces of Tegalalang before: perhaps online or on someone’s Instagram profile? The cascading layers of rice fields that mark the side of Tegallalang’s green hills make this place one of the most magical sights in Bali. The terraces are part of an ancient irrigation system called subak, which has existed since the 9th century. As such Tegalalang Bali was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. This ancient UNESCO Bali site is still in use today and you may even see locals working the fields while visiting.

The rice fields of Ubud are about 35km north of Denpasar and can be reached by vehicle, which takes about 70 minutes. If heading from Ubud itself it will take less than 20 minutes (10km). Once there you will have a magnificent view of the Ubud rice terrace from the roadside. If you wish to hike down the terrace and up to the other side for another view, make sure you are prepared for the long walk. Bring comfortable walking shoes/sandals, plenty of water and sun protection. Don’t forget to take a photo at the I Love Bali sign when visiting this Bali nature land.

Tegalalang is one of the main attractions in Bali, and if visiting the rice fields of Ubud you can easily combine it with other tours in the area. The best times to visit are at sunrise at sunset, when the crowds are smaller and there is less heat. The Tegalalang rice terrace entrance fee costs IDR 15,000, plus 5,000 for parking. Be aware that the Tegalalang rice terrace price only covers entry to the area, and you will most likely pay more for other activities in the area.

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Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swing - Enjoy the ride

Bali Swing And Things To Do At Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

The main attraction when visiting Tegalalang is obviously the rice terraces themselves. The terraces are vast with many paths and doing an Ubud rice field walk is a great way to experience the terraces up close. Because the Tegalalang map is so big you may not cover the entire area, however you are bound to find a few spots for some great views of the area. Make sure to bring comfortable footwear, water and sun protection for your walk. Also be aware that local farmers may ask for a donation if you visit their section of the fields or take any pictures of them (usually between IDR 5,000-10,000).

One of the other big attractions at the rice terraces is the Tegalalang Rice Terrace Bali Swing. There are two versions of this Bali swing in Tegalalang: one near the roadside entrance to the terraces and one higher up on the other side of the terrace. The one on the far side of the terrace offers the best views, but the main one near the entrance will still give you an amazing panoramic view if you prefer a shorter walk. At either Bali swing in Tegalalang you will need to wear a harness before using it, so make sure it can securely fit over or under your clothes. The Bali swing price is IDR 150,000, however you may be able to negotiate a better price depending on demand.

As the rice terraces are a hugely popular tourist attraction, you will find many cafes and restaurants nearby. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace Café is a great place to rest and have a meal or coffee while gazing out over the terraces. In addition there are many stalls within the rice terraces themselves where you can purchase cool drinks, snacks and ice creams.

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Bali Rice Terrace: Jatiluwih Or Tegalalang
Bali Rice Terraces to Consider

Other Bali Rice Terraces to Consider.

While Tegalalang is the most popular and Jatiluwih is the biggest, there are other beautiful rice terraces you should consider visiting. To experience more sawah Bali rice fields I recommend checking these out:

  • Ceking Rice Terrace
  • Right next door to Tegalalang, Ceking is worth a visit when you are in the area. Located near the village of Ceking, these rice fields are a perfect way to experience the unique beauty of Bali’s terraced mountains, especially when paired with Tegalalang. Ceking is about 60 minutes (32km) north of Denpasar by vehicle, or about 15 minutes (9km) from Ubud. Entrance costs IDR 10,000.
  • Sidemen Rice Terrace
  • In Bali’s East you will find the Sidemen Rice Terrace, not far from Besakih Temple. The rice fields are in an incredibly scenic location, with the massive Mount Agung towering in the distance. While exploring the rice fields make sure to visit the village of Sidemen for some local culture. Reaching Sideman takes 70 minutes (45km) northeast of Denpasar and 60 minutes (35km) west of Ubud. Entrance is free, although you can hire a local guide for IDR 75,000.
  • Pupuan Rice Terrace
  • Further towards Bali’s East, in the Tabanan Regency, lies the beautiful Pupuan Rice Terrace. While exploring the rice fields you may come across tropical forests, mountain streams, and even a hidden temple. Pupuan takes 70 minutes (40km) to reach by car heading northwest from Denpasar or west from Ubud.

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