Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : IDR 15,000
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The Tegallalang Rice Fields in Ubud, Bali is a break away from the typical commercialized structures, offering a calm, beautiful scene of rice terraces that gently melt into paddy fields across the valley. Capture some exquisite photographs of the landscape, have coffee at one of the quaint little cafes or take a little detour through the Pakudui village nearby for some intricate wooden crafts.
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are located about 20 minutes north of Ubud in Bali, and are a popular stop with those visiting Kintamani which falls on the same road. The road twists and turns into Tegallalang at 600 m above sea level, allowing for cool breeze and pleasant weather to add to the pleasant panorama. The rich culture here is complemented by the timeless quality of the valley. One can always see the local farmer tending to his crops in the unique oblique steps of system irrigation perfectly set into the sides of the hills in the valley.
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are famous for two main reasons: one their efficient 8th-century method of 'Subak' rice farming, and two, the spectacular location that these paddy fields are set in.
Rice Terraces: The terraces offer dramatic views and offer great photo opportunities to all who come here. Though the area is a major tourist attraction, and that most of the 'workers' are just around to click pictures with, one just has to move a little bit further to find spots that are much quieter and all the more beautiful for it, especially if one can manage to get there in time for the sunrise.
Woodwork and Woodcarvings: Not only is this place beautiful in its landscape, but it is also a major hub of handicrafts made up of ornamental woodwork and carvings. Centuries of craftsmen have perfected their techniques to develop exquisite pieces of art. Other small industries include the stone and glass ornament artefacts. Several locals will approach you, offering local coconut drinks, coconut leaf is sewn into hats, wood carvings and vases and the amount one can indulge is only restricted to the depth of one’s pockets! The shops even line the road for up to 10 km!Down in the valley, one can explore the jungle. It gets a lot more humid down below but the move away from the throngs of tourism is guaranteed to find you perfect, beautiful and quiet locations just for yourselves.
Cost: IDR 1,50,000 per person.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Bali has become seemingly obsessed with swings with one popping up every few kilometres. The original inspiration was derived from the official Bali Swing. In lieu of this, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces have themselves set up two swings to show off the awesome views of the rice paddy terraces from high up. One is located at the point where you first come in on the road and the other higher up on the other end of the rice fields. The latter is more ideally placed for photography and Instagram-ers.
Coffee of Bali: Explore the coffee industry and coffee making process at Alas Harum Agro Tourism. Alas Harum is a Kopi Luwak farm. Kopi Luwak is a type of coffee made from raw coffee berries that have been digested and defecated by a specific animal: The Asian Palm Civet.
It's one of the most expensive drinks in the world (per kilogram) but a tourist can taste it for much cheaper here. So if your gastronomy is the adventurous kind, or you are a die-hard coffee fan, you know where to go. It's just down the road from the Kampung Resorts in the middle of Tegallalang village.Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple: Meditate at Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, splendid rock-cut shrines. It is an out of the way temple accessible through a short hike, dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is located in the small village of Sebatu and the signs on the road clearly indicate its location if you're coming on the road from Tegallalang.
Timings- 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost- Adults: IDR 15,000 Children: IDR 7,500
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are a must-visit for anyone visiting Bali. However, over time the Tegallalang rice terraces have attracted more than their fair share of tourists and it does tend to get congested during some of the peak seasons.
The important thing to keep in mind while visiting is to identify the more relaxed periods (as mentioned above) and make the most of the experience by actually exploring the surrounding valley. It's an illuminating experience.