Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Marvel at the Beauty of the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Find Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Tabanan Regency, in the heart of central Bali. As it’s off the beaten track, Jatiluwih is uncrowded compared to other Balinese tourist hotspots. The terraces cascade along the foothills of Gunung Batukaru, serving up a more than 600-hectare expanse of lush green rice fields curving along the landscape. It’s no wonder that Jatiluwih has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, living up to its name that means ‘truly beautiful.’
Part of the Bali Cultural Landscape, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces makes use of the Subak system which dates back to the 9th century. Notably, the ecologically sustainable subak irrigation system overseen by water temple priests reflects not only a thoughtful technique of rice-growing, but a deep-rooted spiritual and ecological relationship between nature, humans, and the gods.
Take out your camera, or better yet, take in the scene sans camera as the inspiringly verdant panorama invites a tranquil and reflective atmosphere. Hikers will enjoy exploring the rice fields, observing the flow of water and the varying colors and stages of rice growth, taking a closer look at the day-to-day life of a Balinese farmer. Stop by Ada Babi Guleng or one of many local or international restaurants in the area for a scenic meal overlooking the terraces. To see more of Jatiluwih at a faster pace, it’s possible to rent a bicycle or ATV to get around.
Public transportation to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is hard to come by. It’s best to either hire a private car or drive your motorbike to the 18 km road by Jatiluwih from the road to Pura Luhur Batukau from Tabanan or from the main road to Bedugul.
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