Nestled in the lush verdant jungle near Ubud, Bali, the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the most popular things to see in Bali, and in Indonesia at large. A scenic stack of rice paddies framed by shady palm trees, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are iconic as one of the best places to visit in Bali, with its fame well-earned. Certainly, you can’t ask for what to do in Bali and not have Tegalalang on the Bali travel guide! Located a short ride into the foothills from Ubud, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces make for a beautiful and easily-accessible destination in Bali. Read onward for our Tegalalang Rice Terrace Bali travel guide with tips and tricks for enjoying the famous rice paddies without the crowds!
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- 1 Tegalalang Rice Terraces: A Bali Travel Guide
- 2 Experiencing the Rice Terraces in Ubud, Indonesia
- 3 Working Rice Terraces in Ubud, Indonesia
- 4 Cost of Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- 5 Getting to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- 6 How to Avoid the Crowds of Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- 7 Is Tegalalang Really One of the Best Places to Visit in Bali?
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Tegalalang Rice Terraces: A Bali Travel Guide
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are about 10 km north of Ubud, Bali—a famed lush inland area on the Indonesian island. As you can see in the video above, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are strikingly green, with curving paddies cascading down a palm-tree sprinkled valley. The weaving road from Ubud goes right by the rice paddies, and has many terrace-view restaurants and shops. So what makes the Tegalalang Rice Terraces one of the best things to see in Bali? The viridescent terraces are built into the sides of a steep-sided valley beautifully populated with palm trees, the site of some of the best Bali photos. The river at the bottom of the valley feeds into the subak system of traditional Balinese irrigation that feeds the terraces.
It’s true we’ve visited other rice terraces, such as the glorious northern rice terraces in Vietnam on which we enjoyed some adventurous Sapa trekking and hill-tribe homestay, and the mountainous rice terraces of Banaue, Philippines. Still, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali are some of my favorite rice terraces for their stunningly vibrant and palm tree-filled jungle atmosphere.
Experiencing the Rice Terraces in Ubud, Indonesia
Descending the steep paths into the valley can be hot under the midday sun, or muddy it it’s been raining. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces stretch for at least a 15-20 minute walk along the river at the bottom of the valley. If you walk far enough, you can definitely find spots in the terraces with no other tourists—it’s really worth the effort, and can fit perfectly into your Bali travel guide itinerary for the best places to visit in Bali. As the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are located near some of Ubud’s best resorts in Bali, it’s quite easy to reach by taxi or motorbike. Though we didn’t stay at one of these Ubud, Bali jungle resorts on our most recent trip, we did enjoy the jungle resort experience on a backpacker’s budget at the nearby Jungle Fish pool club at the Chapung Se Bali resort which rivals some of the best Bali beach resorts! Check out our full Jungle Fish Bali travel guide review.
Working Rice Terraces in Ubud, Indonesia
Even though they are a major tourist destination, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are working fields that support the livelihoods of local people. If you go at certain times of the year, you can see many people working in the fields. Even if the rice has been harvested, like it had been on our December visit, the scenery of the terraces and the surrounding environment still remain a vividly gorgeous place to visit on your Bali travel guide. For more Bali travel guide ideas of how the Tegalalang Rice Terraces can fit into your trip to Indonesia, check out what to do on a day-trip in Ubud, Bali.
Cost of Tegalalang Rice Terraces
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces will certainly be one of the most affordable destinations on your Bali travel guide. No entry fee is required at Tegalalang Rice Terraces, but the people working the terraces will ask for a small donation. Give as much as you feel like, but most donations are between 15-20,000 rupiah ($1-1.50). Your donations go to support the people who rely so much on tourism to support their incomes!
Getting to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces
You can easily have a driver or taxi take you to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces from Ubud—everyone will know Tegalalang (otherwise written as Tegallalang). It’s also simple to navigate your own way there on a motorbike, about 25 minutes out of Ubud. From the main Ubud art market, go east to the intersection with a large statue and turn north.
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How to Avoid the Crowds of Tegalalang Rice Terraces
As one of the most popular things to do in Bali, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces can get very busy at times. Bali is considered one of the top solo female travel destinations after all, ensuring that the top Bali points of interest can certainly draw some crowds. This is especially true in the mid to late morning times, as many tour groups from Ubud visit at this time. If you can make it to the terraces before they come, it’s quite likely that you’ll only share the terraces with a few other people.
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How did we avoid the crowds at Tegalalang? We visited the terraces at 8 AM, and there were only 2 other groups of visitors there when we arrived. We explored the lush greenery of the terraces at our leisure, savoring the peace and quiet of the morning. By the time we were leaving around 10 AM, many more people had arrived and the road was much busier. Hot Bali Travel Guide Tip: going to places as early as you can make it is usually a smart idea to beat crowds. Shhh…bet you never knew that!
Is Tegalalang Really One of the Best Places to Visit in Bali?
Though the commercialization of the area of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and its congestion with tourists can take away from the experience of visiting, we think the terraces are still some of the best things to do in Bali. Since Tegalalang is very easily accessible from Ubud, they’re great to visit if you’re on a quick schedule and don’t have much time to explore the island for hidden places. The Tegalalang Rice terraces really are spectacularly beautiful, even though they have been somewhat developed for tourism.
While it’s true that Bali is home to many areas of rice terraces, including those off the beaten track that are more “authentic”, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are notable for their convenience, proximity to many nearby jungle resorts in Bali, and wide-range of adorable cafes to sit at and enjoy the view. Plus, there’s no entrance fee, and a secluded visit to Tegalalang is still very possible if you follow our Bali travel guide suggestion and go bright and early!
If you’re staying in Ubud, Bali or just passing through, the Tegalalang Rice Terraces make for a quick and easy destination to check off your list of beautiful things to do in Bali. While they are very popular and well-known things to see in Bali, it’s not without good reason! The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are some of the most beautiful terraces we’ve yet visited, especially without crowds.
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