While Bali might be known as the land of a thousand temples, you might as well tack rice fields onto it too. During our visit, the fields were a vibrant bright green of sloping terraces that define the region of Tabanan. The rice terraces in Bali use the traditional centuries-old Subak irrigation system passed down through generations of rice farmers. These fields are definitely a do not miss while in Bali. Their presence adds a complexity and layer to the already gorgeous area that streams weave through as mountains tower in the distance. It’s difficult to capture their depth and beauty in a picture, but I tried (a lot).
Kaciana Village Rice Terraces
We stayed up in the hills away from most civilization at Bali Eco-Stay in a small village in Tabanan. They had their own rice fields on the property where we spent time walking around, local dogs in tow as our tour guides.
They seemed to know the way, so I don’t think this was their first time on the job, and it wasn’t their last as they joined us on nearly all of our walks in the village.
We stumbled upon the shade huts where rice fields workers can take a break from the sun and heat throughout the day.
The landscape in this part of the world is beyond breathtaking. The rice terraces line the view all the way down to the ocean.
The rice terraces near Bali Eco-Stay are striking, and while they’re not as large as Jatiluwah, they were quiet and we never saw another tourist on any of our walks. The area is also great for just relaxing or visiting the surrounding local villages and small temples. It was great to take a break from the touristy side of Bali for a couple days.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The Jatiluwih Rice terraces are a UNESCO Cultural Landscape in the Tabanan region. We ended up at Jatiluwah as part of a private tour we took around the island. While this tour solidified why I don’t really like to take tours, it was still a worthwhile visit. On the plus side, we didn’t have to take selfies for the day!
There is a partially paved walk that runs through the rice terraces. After about 10 minutes, the rest of the tourists give up and you have the fields all to yourself. Going to the end and back will take about an hour if you walk pretty slow. Two hours if you stop to take a billion pictures like me.
The mountains in the distance here were an amazing addition to already breathtaking fields. It was an elusive one, as mountains usually are, hiding behind menacing clouds most of the day.
We walked past a small temple in the middle of the fields…
Clouds threatened to rain the entire time we were there. We got lucky and stayed dry, and I loved how to dark clouds looked around the distant mountains and fields.
At the very bottom of the fields there was a beautiful creek.
We made our way back as the storm clouds rolled in. The rice terraces are a great addition to any Bali itinerary. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces have been named an UNESCO Cultural Landscape, for great reason.
Have you ever visited rice fields anywhere? Did you love the landscape?