Bali has an abundance of rice terraces and even though you can easily see them from almost any area, there are some that are more popular among tourists than others. Tegallalang still gets the most attention, but if you only have time to visit one I’d suggest you choose Jatiluwih instead.
About Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Jatiluwih, in the Balinese language translated means Beautiful Teak. The views from any angle of the terraces are breathtaking and you will want to take at least a couple of hours to explore the beauty of them.
The terraces represent the Subak system (a cooperative water management system of canals and weirs, that dates back to the 9th century) as Bali’s Cultural Landscape which has been inscribed a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in June 2012. The subak system of democratic and egalitarian farming practices has enabled the Balinese to become the most prolific rice growers in the archipelago despite the challenge of supporting a dense population.
Visiting the terraces
The entrance fee for Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is 40,000 IDR per person ($3 USD). Best time to visit is between February and April and in the time of our visit (February 2019) it was very lush, green and with barely any people around.
It took us an hour drive from Canggu to get here and the roads very scenic and easy to drive on with a motorcycle. If you have a bit more time left you should also take a short 15 minute drive to Pura Luhur Batukaru, a beautiful temple hiding in the forests at the foot of Mt Batukaru.
Walk amongst the rice paddies
Since Jatiluwih Rice Terraces doesn’t get nearly as much attention as Tegallalang Rice Terraces, you are likely to enjoy the views completely undisturbed. Take the chance to walk on the paved paths, observe and speak to the locals working the rice paddies. It was the couple on the first photo who taught us how to thank in Indonesian and Balinese! We sat in their little shop/hut and waited for the short shower to end before we continue our walk through the paddies.
If you give me rice, I’ll eat today; if you teach me how to grow rice, I’ll eat every day.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces make for a fantastic day trip, if you wish to spend more time walking the longer trails. However, it’s worth considering walking the shorter pathways and seeing the beautiful views from there. It’s beautiful everywhere and it gives you plenty of time to visit some more beautiful nearby Bali destinations!