Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud
Tegalalang Rice Terraces is the most beautiful scenes of rice paddies in Bali, that located in the village of Tegalalang, the north side of Ubud around 20 minutes drive, and 1 hour 3 minutes drive from Denpasar International aiport. This village is formerly as usually traditional Balinese village in Bali where most of the villagers are working on the rice field and some of them are working as government officer and other private sectors.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces is perfect for Bali photo opportunity with its dramatic views. The vista sprawls down and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. A local elder, a farmer who owns the land invites visitors to sample his green coconut drink, as well as to purchase woven hats that he makes from coconut leaves as well as posing with visitors for a small fee (IDR 10,000 for domestic tourists and IDR 20,000 for foreigners).
From the top of the road, you get stunning panoramic views of the terraces, which is an irrigation system called Subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century.
As one of the main tourist attractions in Bali, Tegalalalng rice terraces is always included in the itinerary of Bali tour pacakages. While the rice terraces serve as a highlight photo-op in the Tegallalang area, souvenir shopping options abound along the roadsides, and the trip to Pakudui village is worth its while. Pakudui is reachable after a right turn up from the famed rice paddy outlook. Find magnificent carvings and wooden art forms lined up along the small and winding village road.
The small village of Pakudui, a craftsman’s dominion located in Tegallalang, is a journey of witnessing the splendour of local talent at its best. Here you will find an extraordinary variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings.
The villagers here are avid Balinese craftsmen and have taken up different forms of sculptures, either handed down through generations or as a result of an ever-growing creative process using the most natural of all media – wood.
Through your village tour in Pakudui you will notice the recurring presence of one particular mythical Balinese figure - the Garuda. Amongst the carved mythical lions, horses, human figures, dogs, dragons, vases, frogs, kangaroos, cats, ornate totems, panels, doors, windows, tables and the many brilliant forms of creativity – extending even to large-scale dinosaurs – the Garuda seems to be majestically ever present amongst the creations.
How To Get To Tegalalang Rice Terraces
There is no opening hours, and the rice field is open 24 hours. However, for the restaurant or cafe, have an opening time, regularly from 09:00 – 18:00. To get to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, from the Ubud town centre, take Jalan Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north. After about 9KM, you’ll reach Tegalalang and see the terraces on your right.