Ubud is one of the major city of the island of Bali, and is located in the hinterland.
It is a popular destination thanks to its tropical vegetation, its thick woods with great colonies of macaques, its well-known huge crops of rice and its typical Hindu temples, abundant with history and culture.
Very famous city, said to be the cultural capital of Bali, is absolutely a destination to be included in your itinerary.
In this article we want to focus on the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, one of the top tourist attraction in Indonesia.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace in Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies.
The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take really good photos.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces and its irrigation system are part of UNESCO world heritage. With this trip we were able to know more about the attraction and how it represents Tri Hita Karana.
Tri Hita Karana is the philosophy of Balinese life based on the harmony of 3 central aspects: harmony with nature, harmony with other men and harmony with God.
Tegalalang is located north. There is a long list of coordinated tour you can choose from, or you can go easily by yourself. You can rent scooters (as we did and recommend you to), cars or even book a taxi.
HOW AND WHEN TO VISIT TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACE
The best time to visit Tegalalang is in the morning as buses with tourists arrive after 10 am.
If you want to take unforgettable photos and enjoy this magnificent landscape get up early, with the first lights of day. If you want to fly with the drone there is no problem.
The pictures you’ll take will be stunning. Again, for a better experience, manage to fly your drone early in the morning.
During the day, there may be much more air traffic.
The main entrance is located on the side of the road, where there are small shops and bars where you can rest for a moment or get souvenirs.
Then you can choose which path to take: of course we chose the most complicated one: Giulia ended up covered in mud! But don’t worry, you can ask the locals the easiest way, or to guide you, and you will certainly avoid the misadventure.
The walk to get to the terraces takes about 10-15 minutes, while to discover every corner and foreshortening it will take you 30-90 minutes. You can choose from a variety of breathtaking spots to photograph.
ENTRANCE TO TENGALANG RICE TERRACE
There is no real ticket to enter, but after passing the bridge you will be asked for a donation of 10,000 (0. 70 USD) IDR.
It is more than fair as it can happen that tourists may damage the fields.
There are many fenced camps and to visit them you have to pay (50,000 IDR), but the photos you’ll take are completely worth the cost.
SWINGS ON RICE PADDIES
Since Tegalalang became so popular, a lot of swings have been opened around the site.
The cost ranges from 100,000 to 150,000 ( 8USD) for a 3-5 minute tour.
“LOVE BALI” SIGN
Surely it is the most popular and famous spot of Tegalalang.
On social media there are plenty of picture of that sign. If you go early in the morning you will be able to take pictures without finding a very long queue.
This sign is near a few little shops, so it’s very easy to find.