Have you ever seen a dramatic shot of the stunning-emerald landscape of Bali consisting of wide terraced rice fields? I bet you do since this shot pops up all the time on Instagram reels and Tik Tok. Bali has many terraced rice fields, but Jatiluwih rice terraces are the largest. Once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate, Jatiluwih rice terraces is a destination you can visit if you fancy trekking among breathtaking scenery, looking for a wonderful photo or video opportunities, or want to spend time away from the island’s crowded situation south.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, The Largest and Most Picturesque of All of The Rice Terraces in Bali.
Located 700 meters above the sea level, the Jatiluwih rice terraces comprise over 600 hectares of rice fields that follow the flowing topography of the Batukaru mountain range. These are maintained by a traditional water management cooperative known as subak, which dates back to the 9th century. The cooperative itself eventually won recognition as a dominant factor in Bali’s ‘cultural landscape’ entry on the heritage list.
Jatiluwih rice terraces is located at Penebel district in Tabanan regency, Bali. To get here, I drove for 1 hour and 18 minutes from Canggu. I was pretty amazed by the scenery I saw once we entered Jatiluwih village. As far as the eye can see, a beautiful view of contoured rice terraces surrounds from all sides. 5 mountains from the Batukaru mountain range appear towering over us. The cool breeze of Bali highlands swept our bodies & mind. Green scenery everywhere.. a very opposite view from southern Bali. We then spent some time exploring the Jatiluwih rice terraces through pathways.
We arrived at Jatiluwih rice terraces toward evening thus we can only explore the rice terraces, with no time for exploring other attractions nearby. But if you come to Jatiluwih rice terraces in the morning, you can also pay a visit to some attractions nearby such as Yeh Hoo waterfalls, Angseri natural hot springs, Luhur Batukaru temple, Bali Botanical Garden, or Beratan lake in Bedugul. Meanwhile, if you decide to spend time around the Jatiluwih rice terraces, you might be interested in cycling around the village, joining a rice planting class, or hanging in one of the restaurants nearby overlooking the picturesque rice fields.
Best Time to Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Indonesia’s dry season (April-September) is the best time to visit Jatiluwih rice terraces. Meanwhile, if you come during the rainy season (October-March) you have to deal with occasional rain and might lose the possibility to witness the breathtaking scenery of Jatiluwih rice terraces. I also went there during the rainy season but luckily the rain just stopped when we got there.
Come in the early morning or late in the afternoon when it’s not busy so you can enjoy the Jatiluwih view and soak in its peaceful vibe.
Ticket : Rp.40.000,- ($2,5) for foreigners and Rp.15.000,- ($1) for Indonesian citizens.
Opening time : 08.30 AM – 06.00 PM
Since I am so impressed by my first visit to the Jatiluwih rice terraces, I plan to come again in the near future and also visit some other attractions nearby.
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