Break away from the bustle of city life amid the lush and serene paddy fields at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The fields are uniquely cut out in a terraced layout along the hillsides lending the entire area a graceful pattern that is truly a visual treat. You can also interact with the local farmers to know more about Balinese culture.
Nestled amid the lush green hillocks in Bali’s Ubud region, are the elegant Tegallalang Rice Terraces, a delight for the eyes in the true sense. The perfect zig-zag pattern in which the entire hillside has been cut out is conducive to the local agricultural system.
It is an old irrigation system used to extend water to all parts of the fields evenly. Irrespective of the purpose, however, the beautiful landscape of the area complete with verdant paddy fields has managed to mesmerize visitors who throng here from all parts of the island.
If you visit Kintamani in Bali, The Tegallalang Rice Terraces will be an ideal stopover, a mere 20-minute drive from Ubud. As you make your way up the twisting and turning paths of the hilly areas of Tegallalang, you will instantly mark the difference in air quality and surrounding views.
At 600 m above sea level, the weather is extremely pleasant, there is a cool breeze here that accompanies the mesmerizing panoramic views. You may also spot the local farmer tending to his produce lined along the distinctive oblique steps. The dramatic sights here make for great photography opportunities to create lasting memories.
• Soak in the cool air and panoramic views of the lush green paddy fields set in the terraced hillsides
• Witness the unique eighth-century method of Subak rice farming
• Swing along on one of the swings set up at Tegalalang Rice Terraces for better views of the entire landscape from the air
• Reach Tegalalang Rice Terraces in time for sunrise to catch the views at their breathtaking best
• Witness the exquisite handicrafts made here with intricate carvings and ornamental woodwork
• Explore the jungle down in the valley to experience the peace and quiet of the place to its fullest
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The best time of the day to visit the rice terraces is in the early morning, especially at sunrise. The first rays of the sun reflecting off the verdure casts a striking hue across the entire region.
The best time of the year to visit Tegalalang Rice Terraces is in the months of April, May, June, and September. This is when the place steers clear of the holiday rush and you can enjoy the beauty in its most pristine and lush form.
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You can hire bikes from the local kiosks and zip along the terraces for an up-and-close feel of the surroundings. You can also stop by to chat with some of the very friendly population of farmers who work on the paddy fields here.
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If you are tired after a whole day of hiking and sightseeing, head to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace Café or one of the several other cafes that dot the area, and unwind with a hot cup of the brew.
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The rice terraces have set up swings in the area and you can swing on them to get unhindered views of the scenic landscape from high up. The swings are excellently placed especially if you are looking at catching some instagrammable photographs.
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Situated in a perfect setting, Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a popular tourist destination in Bali. An integral part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, this rice terrace features cascading shades of green fields which are worked by the local farmers.
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