Tegallalang Rice Terraces – The pearl of Ubud
Ubud is a sacred place where true Balinese culture remains alive, endless rice fields paint the scenery and all yogis gather to celebrate life. This is one of the most popular villages on the island of Bali and it is attracting more and more tourists due to its cultural heritage. One of the most visited places in town are the famous Tegallalang rice terraces, and also one of our favorite sunrise spots ever. The terraces have many attractions on site, like swings and nests for tourists to take some nice photographs, but the true beauty lies among the lush greens of the fields.
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Where is it located?
These famous rice terraces are located at the province of Tegalalang, a short 10km drive from the center of Ubud and 35km from Canggu.
How to get there?
Tegallalang rice terraces are easily accessible by car or motorbike, being the latter the quickest and cheapest way to get there. You can hire a private driver to take you there or hop on a Ubud tour, but nothing will be more comfortable and efficient as renting a scooter for the day. The terraces are on most offline maps apps, so you won’t have a problem finding the exact location. Park your bike at the signed parking spot and walk 100 m till you find the entrance on your right.
What to expect?
As one of Ubud’s main attractions, you can expect a big affluence of tourists from 9 am onwards, as no one wants to skip the lush green scenery of this pearl. The rice terraces are absolutely stunning, but you must go before the harvesting season, otherwise they will be yellow and dry. The harvesting times are not well stated, but after they plant the rice, it they will harvest after 3 to 4 months. We went in April and they were super green, but when we wanted com go back a month later, they were already drying, so the best time would be between February and April.
The first time we went to Tegallalang was in September 2018 and the last time was in April 2019 and we could already see a huge difference on the landscape and terraces area. It is so sad to see the negative impacts of mass tourism and some of the parts where there were only muddy paths and plenty of palm trees, are now cemented and most of the trees were cut during this process. There are also several small constructions on-going, where new restaurants will open, right in the middle of the terraces.
A few tips
Aim for sunrise! Not only you will get the best light and some sun rays beaming through the palm trees, but also no tourists around (plus, you’ll be able to skip the entrance fee)
If you find local people working on the rice terraces, do not take photos without asking for permission, as they might ask you for money.
Try not to stop at the first view you see, walk all the way to the back of the terraces, where you will find the best views and the sun rays on the palms.