10 Rice Terraces in Bali To Visit For An Enchanting Experience

Rice Terraces in Bali

1. Jatiluwih
2. Tegallalang
3. Sidemen
4. Rendang
5. Pererenan
6. Pupuan
7. Munduk rice fields
8. Soka rice fields
9. Kastala
10. Tirta Gangga

Nothing compares to the ethereal, awe-inspiring and picturesque Rice Terraces in Bali that expand across the island’s countryside. Some areas have these terraces stretching for miles into the skyline and are a sight to behold. You will find all kinds of photographers, professional and amateur, flocking to Bali just to capture the beauty of these gorgeous terraces, and why not? They are after all a quaint style of rice fields that came about when farmers faced the challenge of farming rice on undulating terrains.

During the wet season, the Bali Rice Terraces transform into a luxuriant green paradise with the sun reflecting off the fields’ water and creating a classic landscape visually. These terraces are open to visitors throughout the day and having been enveloped by trees on all sides, they make for spectacular photos during the golden hour. So, what are you waiting for? Get to Bali, walk through the exuberant terraces and snap those postcard frames!

Here is the list of rice terraces in Bali:

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01

Jatiluwih

Located in the Tabanan Regency, Jatiluwih is just two hours away from Kuta and features the most striking Rice Terraces in Bali. The farmed terraces flow down the Batukaru Mountain’s slopes and cover more than 600 hectares.

They are the world’s most pivotal cultural landscapes as recognized by UNESCO and follow the highlands’ cascading hillside. A local subak cooperative of the village maintains these picturesque rice terraces. You can gain entry to the main area by paying an entry fee that goes to the village’s cooperative fund. When here, do not miss out on the impressive 180-degree views, just halfway that feel like you are viewing a “sea of green”.

Location:
Jalan Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
02

Tegallalang

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The windy and pleasant location of Tegallalang is known for its spectacular Rice Terraces in Bali. It is a craftsmen’s village and is one of the 3 famous villages of the Ubud region that attract visitors with its terraced landscapes, with the others being Campuhan and Pejeng to its west and east respectively.

The outlook of the high roadside feels breezy and cool. Being located in a little valley, with palm trees on all sides, the scenery calls for making the most of a Balinese photo opportunity. The vista lounges away and down to the terraced slopes and have a timeless aspect about them.

Local elders cultivate and own the land and may invite you to sample their tender coconut drinks. Do try them, and do not forget to buy the woven coconut leaf hats that these locals make.

Location : Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
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03

Sidemen

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Located along with the Besakih Temple and Klungkung route, Sidemen village has the most enchanting Rice Terraces in Bali. You will reach this beautiful spot in East Bali from Ubud in just two hours. Driving along the roads of the rural neighbourhoods, you will have plenty of time to soak in soothing views of the paddy fields.

If you are not partaking in the paddy trekking tours, you can set out for walks over the luxuriant hillsides that cross rivers to separate farmlands. Thus, you can gather knowledge about the organic produce that grows locally here. You can purchase colourful silk and hand-loomed cotton cloths with printed rice paddy landscapes on them, as mementoes.

Location: Sidemen Village, Jalan Semarapura-Karangasem, Karangasem, Bali 80864, Indonesia
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Rendang

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Nestled in East Bali’s Karangasem regency, the jaw-dropping mountain village of Rendang is home to the beautiful Rice Terraces in Bali. This entire area is dominated by rivers, valleys and nature look very beautiful and awake here. The Amplapura capital’s stellar countryside views will complement your drives.

The rice terraces here make you feel blissful with its pristine views. You must visit the rice terraces during the morning hours as it feels cooler before the afternoon heat strikes. The principal occupation of the local craftsmen in the village is agriculture and stone carving. Hence, you can find intricately carved statues and stone temples lining the sides of the road. 

Location:
Rendang Village, Jalan Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
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05

Pererenan

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Situated in Canggu, the seaside village of Pererenan has the most picturesque Rice Terraces in Bali. This village has a mix of admirable surf breaks framed by a whimsical black sand beach and the lush green fields. You can enjoy a pleasant drive along the main road here, with vast stretches of rice fields spanning on both sides.

Seseh is a popular neighbouring location besides Pererenan that is ideal for horse-riding tours owing to the paddy fields and the boundless beach, free of crowds. You must come here to this idyllic enclave to spend a relaxing time riding down the scenic beach.

Location: Jalan Raya Seseh, Munggu, Mengwi, Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
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06

Pupuan

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Pupuan village has some of the scenic Rice Terraces in Bali besides coffee, clove and cocoa plantations that grow together with rice. You will also spot groves of exotic and rare tropical fruits like durian and mangosteen. The best visit here is during the day’s early hours just to catch a glance of the farmers laying out the cloves, drying them on the roadsides or simply tending to the crops.

Also, an early morning visit lets you enjoy nature’s magnificence and avoid the scorching sun. When you go off the major paths, you will be fascinated by the streams, hidden waterfalls and tropical woodlands here.

Make sure whenever you come here in the Pupuan region, you come here during the harvest season; as the rice field has the ideal landscape combination between green overlay of rice paddies and the real terrace formation.

Location: Pupuan, Selemadeg, Tabanan, Bali 82163, Indonesia
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07

Munduk Rice Fields

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Around Gobleg and Gesing neighbourhoods, the Munduk region is best known for the Bali Rice Terraces that is an area of verdant fields of rice paddies. It is very popular for its lush greenery, nature walks, cool atmosphere and cycling tours all year-round. Other than the rice paddies.

The farmland of Munduk produces several local fruits like durian that you can easily spot being sold at the roadside stalls throughout the small hamlets. This Munduk region also houses some of Bali’s most dazzling waterfalls.

Location:
Jalan Gasing, Gobleg village, Banyuatis, Buleleng, Bali 81152, Indonesia
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08

Soka Rice Fields

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Situated near the west coast, the Bali Rice Terraces of Soka are the most scenic ones nestled just a few steps from the beach. For those that tour the west side, can make their way here, without much effort here.

The climate changes all through the year here, but the harvest season is considered to be the best one, especially if you want to see the rice plants. During this time they attain an optimum height and turn yellow. After the harvest season is over, land stays bland until the new crops are sown by the farmers.

If you go further north, along the Antasari village road that is a neighbouring hamlet, you will be equally blown away by the alluring stretch of paddies without the striking Mount Batukaru in the background. 

Location:
Jalan Denpasar-Gilimanuk Km.45, Soka, Selemadeg, Antap, Tabanan, Bali 82162, Indonesia
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09

Kastala

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Stroll around the Bali Rice Terraces of Kastala and catch the sight of the highest volcano of the island town. You will be mesmerized trekking through the rice fields that lie along Mount Agung’s bottom and viewing the terraced landscape’s beauty.

While here, you will visit Desa Tenganan and learn about the old Balinese history, culture, traditions and customs that are still followed here. If you are a nature lover you are surely going to enjoy your time walking through the Balinese rainforest filled with exotic trees and plants besides enjoying every possible shade of green.

The path leading to the splendid rice terraces will make you feel as if time has stopped with a view of Mount Agung’s active volcano unfolding right before your eyes.

Location: Kastala Village, Bali, Indonesia
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10

Tirta Gangga

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One of the most beautiful Bali Rice Terraces has to be Tirtha Gangga paddy surrounding its scenic village. The term Tirta Gangga translates to Ganges Water, which is actually taman’s site. Taman means a garden that was built for enjoyment purposes of the Karangasem last raja. You will be amazed with East Bali’s stunning rice-terrace vistas here.

Although rice terraces here are not as precipitous as some other areas, they are quite magnificent. The hiking trails around the Tirta Gangga rice terraces are amazing as they suit people belonging to all levels of fitness. You will enjoy a good stroll on the well-beaten track here. However, make sure you are visiting the place during late afternoons or early mornings if you have participated in the guided rice terrace tours. 

Location:
Jl. Abang-Amlapura, Karangasem 80852, Indonesia 
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    Rice Terraces in Bali are unique rice fields that were born after farmers were faced with the challenge of farming rice on deep gorges and steep mountains. To alleviate this situation of farming rice on steeper gradients, the Balinese came up with a solution. They developed a water-sharing community called “sunbak” that allowed peasants to grow rice on mountain slopes, and across hills.
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