The Enchanting Jatiluwih Rice Terraces: Bali’s Green Heartland

HAVE YOU HEARD OF JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES IN BALI?

When one thinks of Southeast Asian countries you’ll likely visit some gorgeously manicured, lush, and cascading rice terraces like Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.

The Jatiluwih rice terraces in Bali are among some of the most beautiful and are the largest in the area. The Jatiluwih rice terrace also often referred to as Jatiluwih Green Land and is a chance to experience stunning mountainous views, tranquil surroundings whilst immersing yourself in a source of local culture and income that has been around for generations.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali

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Why Should You Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces?

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Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Despite this destination not being the most popular rice terraces in Bali (this is deemed to be Tegalalang rice terraces mainly for its proximity to Ubud and the temples), having fewer visitors delivers a more wonderfully peaceful experience in these surroundings.

Apart from the overall gorgeousness of the island destination, this site has been awarded a ranking of UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape status, which means you have to see it!

The Bali rice terraces might not seem like a ‘real’ travel activity, but it’s really a great opportunity to support local cultural art and tradition that has been around for centuries.

Here you can also witness the specialized irrigation system that affords the lands the lush hues of jade, emerald, lime, and olive colour greens that you will see descending the rice terraces. Cities like Bali also never seem to disappoint when it comes to stunning photographic opportunities too!

I found exploring the Jatiluwih rice terraces a therapeutic relaxing experience that allowed me to effortlessly wander through the Bali rice fields, stopping and sitting at benches to just take in the incredible panoramic and be at peace with the land and myself whilst escaping the bustle of Bali city life.

There are a number of different walking paths, that you can take from the two entrances of Jatiluwih Bali. These paths are an easy walk and there is no set time limit as to how many hours you can spend on the rice terraces.

Read below to learn all you need to know about visiting these stunning rice terraces

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About Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Jatiluwih Rice terraces aerial drone photography
Aerial Photography of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

📏It’s Big

Jatiluwih rice terraces are the largest rice terraces in Bali. The name Jatiluwih is said to mean ‘really good’ or ‘really beautiful’ in the Balinese language. It is composed of approximately 600 hectares of rice fields that mimic the impressive undulating inclines and topography of the Batukaru mountain range.

📍It’s Located on the quieter side of Bali

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are neatly located in the central coastal regency of Tabanan regency and quietly illustrate Bali’s outstanding picturesque rice fields perfectly at this heritage site.

🏅UNESCO Heritage WorthySubak Irrigation System

One of the most important aspects of the Jatiluwih rice terraces is the Subak irrigation system. Subak is an organization owned by the farmers in Bali that specifically regulates water management or watering systems/irrigation of rice fields traditionally.

The existence of Subak is a manifestation of the philosophy/concept of Tri Hita Karana. This particular water management system for rice plantations has been awarded by UNESCO a World Heritage Cultural Landscape.

The Jatiluwih village covers an area of 22.3 square kilometres and hosts 7 Subak with each Subak coordinated by one master water controller (Pekaseh).

The topography of Jatiluwih is: 70% Hilly, 20% Rolling, 10% Sloping, Soil type (yellow latosol), man-made and natural irrigation type, tropical climate, 70-85% air humidity.

DISCLAIMER: Jatiluwih rice terraces UNESCO information and facts sourced from https://whc.unesco.org/. Visit the website to learn more about the Jatiluwih UNESCO status.

Location of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali

The Jatiluwih rice fields are located in the Penebel district of the Tabanan Regency, this means that it’s not actually located in South Bali where most of the beaches, nightlife, and action. It’s located much further to the North of Bali and West of Ubud. Ubud to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces can take up to an hour’s drive. Find the Balinese rice terraces Jatiluwih map here

terraces rice field of Jatiluwih in Bali with Rice field worker wearing a hat tending the rice plants Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali
Rice Field worker tending to plants at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

How to Get to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

When in Bali you have a few options to get to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. These will depend on your budget, the amount of time you have, or your driving skills.

OPTION 1: BY TOUR

The first option is to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces on a tour. I loved this idea and could combine visiting the best rice terraces in Bali with other cultural activities like visiting ancient Hindu temples, waterfalls, or even the monkey forest.

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OPTION 2: BY CAR RENTAL WITH DRIVER

The second option is to hire or rent a car and driver for the day or taxi services like Grab or GoJek, but getting back might be difficult. It would be a lot easier if you had a car and driver waiting for you. The car rental option with a driver is very common in Bali.

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OPTION 3: BY YOURSELF – HIRE A MOTORCYCLE

The third option is to hire a motorbike and navigate to the Jatiluwih terrace yourself. This is only recommended for those who are familiar with driving in Indonesia and have a valid driver’s license to use in Indonesia.

⚠️WARNING: I never recommend using a motorcycle and driving yourself unless you have the correct driving license to do so and have driven a motorcycle in Indonesia or another population-dense, traffic manic Asian city before. The motorcycle skills needed to drive in Indonesia are insane. I strongly recommend you DON’T drive a motorcycle in Bali if you do not have the RELEVANT LICENSE, EXPERIENCE, AND TRAVEL INSURANCE. I’ve heard of and seen countless tourists being injured and dying due to motorcycle accidents. Also, note that hospital care may not be at the same level as your own home country so these are all factors to consider.

The travel time from Bali’s main city is approximately 2 hours by car or motorbike. From Ubud to Jatiluwih rice fields is approximately 1 to 1 and a half hours.

skyline and Jatiluwih rice terraces taken from bottom viewpoint

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Entrance Fees

The entrance fee for Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is approximately IDR 40 000 per person (Tourists) and IDR 15 000 (Locals) and approximately IDR 5 000 for Parking Fees. These fees will need to be paid in cash, so best to have that prepared before arriving at Bali Jatiluwih rice terraces. If you are visiting through a tour, most times the entrances are included – but if you’re not sure just check ahead of time.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Opening Hours

The rice field Jatiluwih Bali site is open daily from 8:30 to 18:00

Best Time to Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

The best time to visit UNESCO Jatiluwih is anytime between April and November. In Indonesia, April to November is preferable as it is considered a dry season (not rainy, but not drought), so there are fewer chances of full days of rain.

Between February and April will probably be the most chance of lush and full rice terraces, whilst between June and July is when the farmers harvest so that’s also a great sight to see.

As for the best time of day to visit the Jatiluwih rice terrace, is probably early morning or later in the afternoon. The sun in Indonesia tends to be harsh and there is no real covering the area so make sure to load on the sunscreen and wear a hat or some sort of coverage if you are sensitive to the sun.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Walking Trails

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Trail Routes
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Walking Trail Routes

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces Bali is wonderful because it is so massive, covering an expansive area of over 600 hectares. The Indonesia rice terraces offer a number of walking/ hiking trail routes to explore that have easily marked signposts as laid out below:

Let’s dive into the enchanting trails you can experience at the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces:

❤️Red Trail: A Quick Dash – 30-45 Minutes / 1.5 km

💜Purple Trail: A Leisurely Walk – 1-1.5 Hours / 2 km

💛Yellow Trail: A Scenic Stroll – 1-2 Hours / 2.3 km

💙Blue Trail: An Extended Adventure – 1.5-2 Hours / 3.1 km

🤍White Trail: The Ultimate Expedition – 3-4 Hours / 5.5 km (an absolute delight for cyclists!)

If you choose the Red Trail you’ll be walking on narrow dirt paths through the paddies while you hear the calming sound of water running down on the rice terraces.

The hike is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It’s the best choice if you want to see the most beautiful parts of Jatiluwih but are limited in time.

On the flip side, the lengthiest trail, the White Trail, predominantly meanders through the dense jungle. If you’ve set aside some extra hours for Jatiluwih, it could be a great idea to embark on the popular Red or Purple Line at dawn and switch to the White Line as the tourist wave hits. For those who love pedalling their way around, the White Line is a dream come true!

From my personal escapades, I’d suggest mixing up the Red and Purple Trails, and even the Yellow Trail if you can spare the time. It’s the perfect way to savour Jatiluwih without committing your entire day and tiring yourself out completely.

The rice field Jatiluwih Bali routes listed above are all walking paths, there is the option to use manual and electric bicycles, Jatiluwih rice paddy cycling is permitted on the White route.

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portrait shot of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces with rain clouds
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Respecting the Rice Terraces

The rice terraces of Bali are not only a beauty to admire but also serve a purpose. They are a place for growing rice and sustaining a community with income and food.

There have been a number of travellers and influencers who feel they have the right to veer off these paths and step into the rice paddies in Bali. I’ve even shockingly seen a social media influencer video disgusting dive into the paddies, crushing the grass and grounds in a bid to create viral videos.

Unfortunately, as there is no strict policing in the rice fields of Bali, so there is no way of stopping these people from such acts unless you are there.

💚Please be mindful of these attractions, respect the surroundings and stick to the paths💚

Tips for Visiting Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Here are some insider tips on visiting the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces based on my personal experience:

  1. 🌄Start Early if you’re not going with a tour: The best time to visit is early in the morning. You’ll beat the crowds, and the morning light illuminating the terraces is just magical! Plus, the temperature is much cooler for those treks.
  2. 📌Choose Your Route Wisely: As I mentioned earlier, there are several hiking routes. If you’re short on time, the Red Line offers a quick yet fulfilling experience. If you’ve got more time, mix it up with the Purple and Yellow Lines. The White Line is perfect for cycling enthusiasts.
  3. 🎒Pack Your Essentials: Sunscreen, hats, and water are must-haves. The sun can get quite intense, and there aren’t many shaded areas. Also, don’t forget your camera; the views are breathtaking!
  4. 🚶Take a Guide: While it’s not mandatory, having a local guide can enhance the experience. They can share fascinating insights about the rice cultivation process and local culture that you might otherwise miss.
  5. 🍜Try the Local Cuisine: After your trek, treat yourself to a meal at one of the local restaurants overlooking the terraces. The food is delicious, and the views are unbeatable.
  6. 💚Respect the Environment: Remember, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please respect the environment and stick to the marked paths to preserve this beautiful location for future generations. Avoid littering and be mindful of your surroundings.
  7. 💰Bring Cash: Cash is King in Indonesia and will be useful if needing to pay for the entrance fee or refreshments from the local stores etc.
Flat area of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces with Mount Batur volcano in the background
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces with Mount Batur volcano in the background

What to Pack when Visiting Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

💧Water: There are a few small shops around the entrance that you can purchase from, but within the rice terraces, there are no shops

📸Photography equipment: Be it your mobile phone, fancy camera, Go Pro, or drone you need something to document these amazing surroundings

👟Comfortable shoes: Although most of the paths are paved, depending on how long you plan to spend out there, you may be on your feet for a while, and there may be a few small terraces climbs to get to the exit of the terraces- which is not the same point where you start.

☀️Sunscreen: The climate lends itself to being hot the majority of the time it being with no shade.

Where to Stay near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

There are a few places to stay near Jatiluwih, I’m not sure if you would call them Jatiluwih hotels per se, some are villas and bungalows. There are also a number of Jatiluwih homestays.

Either way, They provide an absolutely breathtaking view over the rice fields. Jatiluwih Bali is far less populated than the areas like Kuta, Ubud, and Seminyak. If you are looking for 5-star hotels and resort accommodations then perhaps staying near the Ubud Bali rice terraces would be a more suitable option for you.

Below however you will find tranquil, secluded, and quaint accommodations in Jatiluwih UNESCO Bali rice terraces

D’WAN TEA MOUNTAINSIDE VILLA

“Great retreat for a different Balinese experience. Amazing hosts and a warm family atmosphere! Loved the open fireplace!”

BATUKARU COFFEE ESTATE VILLAS

Gorgeous rooms, really friendly staff, and incredible food. We had a great time exploring the coffee plantation, visiting the nearby waterfalls, and walking down the hill to the nearby UNESCO rice fields. The food and coffee were absolutely amazing.

Yeh Baat Jatiluwih by The Lavana

“We had one night stay at this accommodation. It was pretty basic but clean and cosy. It has a beautiful view of the lush green trees and mountains. The best thing is the location. It is a walking distance to the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. We had a wonderful time strolling at Jatiluwih in the early morning and enjoyed the whole rice field to ourselves. Many restaurants and cafes along the main road, opposite the rice terrace, which is really great.”

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces vs Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Both the Jatiluwih and Tegalalang Rice Terraces are marvels of Bali’s traditional ‘Subak’ irrigation system, but each offers a distinct experience. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sprawl across 600 hectares of cascading fields in the shadow of the Batukaru mountain range. Their sheer scale, natural beauty, and relative tranquility make them a paradise for nature lovers. However, their remote location in West Bali can make access a bit challenging, especially for those based in popular areas like Seminyak or Kuta.

On the other hand, Tegalalang Rice Terraces, located just north of Ubud, offer a more accessible option. Famous for their dramatic valley views and lush greenery, these terraces have become a favourite among photographers and Instagram enthusiasts. While Tegalalang is smaller and often more crowded than Jatiluwih, its proximity to Ubud’s cultural attractions and vibrant artisan scene is a definite plus. However, some visitors may find the numerous souvenir stalls and persistent hawkers at Tegalalang a bit overwhelming.

In conclusion, if you’re after serenity, unspoiled landscapes, and don’t mind a bit of a drive, Jatiluwih is your go-to. But if you prefer convenience and combining your visit with other cultural experiences, then Tegalalang would be a better fit.

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It’s one thing to read about them and see photos, but trust me, nothing compares to the real-life experience. The symphony of sounds, the stunning panorama of lush green fields, and the exhilarating feeling of being immersed in such a unique cultural landscape – it’s all part of the magic that awaits you in Jatiluwih.

I can’t stress enough how much this little gem added to my Indonesian adventure. It was truly a highlight and I’m sure it’ll be the same for you. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces need to be on your Bali itinerary.

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