• 'Choking' in front of romantic rice fields in Bali

    The rice fields in Bali are a UNESCO world heritage site - one of the interesting things if you travel to this colorful tropical island

    Bali rice fields: UNESCO World History, Culture and Heritage

    Traveling to Bali, the best thing is to take a walk on the beautiful beaches, taste delicious food, watch colorful and fascinating rituals, listen to the rumbling water of the waterfall, watch the scenery breathtaking and above all enchanting views of some of Asia's finest rice fields.

    Rice is a staple food in Bali and it has strong ties to Balinese culture. The rice growth cycle is pretty much set up for the stages in traditional Balinese life. The Balinese community sees rice as a gift from God and a symbol of life. For thousands of years, the people of Bali have grown rice and cultivated on the beautiful Bali terraces, where three types of rice are grown: white rice, black rice and red rice. White rice is the most popular while red rice is rarer and more expensive.
    There are many beautiful rice fields across Asia, but what makes Balinese terraces so unique is the Subak irrigation system on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Subak system is an expression of the Tri Hita Karana philosophy that is part of Balinese culture. Tri Hita Karana includes three elements:
    - Harmony between people
    - Harmony with nature or the environment
    - In harmony with God
    This philosophy is embedded in almost every aspect of daily life in Bali from Balinese architecture and daily services and rituals to the groundwater system. Bali's fertile land combined with a humid tropical climate is a haven for agricultural crops. All of these crops are watered with the help of a subak system that incorporates spiritual, natural and social elements.
    Members of the subak manage the supply of water to the farming community to provide sufficient water for rice and other crops for the welfare of the Polish community. In fact, this is one of the most effective methods in the world for rice management. The subak system consists of canals and dams through which water from natural springs flows through Bali's water temple and from there to the rice fields.
    Due to the social democratic aspect of the subak system, representatives of different Bali communities have come together to help manage the water flow in Bali. They are working together for the benefit of the community instead of thinking of each farmer. Therefore, despite the uneven topography and distance from the water source, all the rice fields in Bali can have equal amounts of water. This ancient system has helped shape Bali's landscape for over a thousand years and thanks to it, wherever you go, you will find beautiful agricultural crops all over the island. Even today, most agricultural land is sustainably cultivated by local communities with the help of a subak system.

    The rice fields in Bali are the most beautiful

    Tegalalang rice fields

    First on the list of rice fields in Bali is the Tegalalang Rice  Terraces , with a picturesque setting, it's no wonder they are perhaps Instagram's most tagged paddy fields. Another factor that contributed greatly to its popularity due to its proximity to Ubud.
    Set amidst a small valley and surrounded by lush vegetation, the views of Tegalalang in the early mornings are sure to take your breath away. These are famous Bali rice fields  . Climb and descend the terraces, wander the narrow streets, gaze up at the stunning coconut and banana trees, it is a wonderful introduction to the breathtaking view of the island of the gods . The unique terrain here offers many opportunities to take stunning photos and the lush vegetation adds to the beauty of the terraces.

    The rice fields in Bali are beautifulTegalalang rice fields viewed from above

    Tegalalang must definitely be on your list of Bali rice fields . In addition to the enchanting views, you will also see many other tourists, at least cam drones, a few bloggers in colorful dresses posing between the rice fields and locals who will try try to sell you souvenirs or ask for a donation.
    How to get to Tegalalang? Located in the north of Ubud in central Bali, by car or motorbike, it will take you about half an hour to get there. From Kuta, it will take about an hour and a half.

    Jatiluwih rice fields

    The rice fields in Bali next are in the middle of the road between Ubud and Munduk, so you can stop here on your way to Munduk. The Jatiluwih terraces are very different from the terraced fields in Tegalalang but they are similar in fact both are excellent examples of the Subak irrigation system.
    'Jati' means real or real while 'Luwih' means beautiful or good and these terraces are simply gorgeous. Furthermore, they are the opposite of Tegalalang in size, they are huge! Jatiluwih terraced fields are located 700 meters above sea level in the Penebel district of the kingdom of Tabanan, at the foot of Mount Batukaru. There are 4 marked routes you can choose from and you can explore them on foot or by bike.
    How to get to Jatiluwih? Located in the heart of Tabanan Regency, it will take you about an hour and a half to get there from Ubud or Kuta by car and just over an hour to get there from Munduk. You can hire a driver or ride a motorbike and do it yourself. Another option is to take tours from all major towns in Bali and there are even cycling tours.

    Bali Munduk rice fields

    Munduk is famous to tourists for the never-ending waterfall hikes you can do in the area, however, this highland is home to some of the most beautiful rice fields in Bali , especially in the areas of Gobleg and Gesing.
    Coming here during the harvest season, you can smell a charming smell of ripe rice. The great thing about this area is that by walking through the area, you will not only see the rice fields but also many other agricultural crops and the people around here are very friendly.
    How to get to Munduk? Located in the Banjar district of the Buleleng kingdom, north of Bali, you can take a bus or shuttle from Denpasar (3.5 hours) and from Ubud (2 hours). You can hire a driver from Ubud or Kuta (2.5 hours).

    Sidemen valley rice fields

    If there's one place that gets you hooked is the Sidemen Valley in East Bali. You don't have to walk far to see the Sidemen's rice fields, they are all around you. Wherever you look, you will see different shades of green as far as the eye can see, and the majestic Mount Agung high above.
    Sidemen Valley is one of Bali's hidden gems, driving or walking through local villages, you feel like time stands still, there's a sense of authenticity that is sometimes difficult to find in Bali. Here you will find beautiful rice fields in Bali all around you, you just need to start walking through the beautiful green trees. There are a number of hiking trails that lead to different parts of the valley, through rice fields, coffee and cocoa plantations, streams and local houses.
    There is also a 6 hour long road that will take you from Sidemen to Padang Bai, where you'll definitely need a guide. The great thing about the Sidemen is that you really don't need to walk far to see the beautiful scenery so you can easily walk along the paths and village paths and have a pleasant time.

    The rice fields in Bali are beautifulThe beauty of the valley in Bali

    How to get to Sidemen? Located in the Karangasem kingdom in East Bali, it takes about 1-1.5 hours to get here from Kuta or Ubud. You can hire a driver or a motorbike or take a tour.

    Bali Kastala / Tenganan rice fields

    Located in the middle of the ancient village of Kastala and Tenganan in East Bali, you will meet Bali rice fields called Kastala and Tenganan. Due to their remote location between Kastala and Tenganan, you won't see a lot of tourists, especially early in the morning. Tourists wanting to see these terraced fields need to walk the 2 to 3 hour route between these two villages. Hiking to Kastala passing local villages and having a glimpse of the Bali countryside will be a delightful travel experience.
    How do I get to Kastala / Tenganan? Tenganan and Kastala are located in the Karangasem kingdom in East Bali. It will take about 1.5 - 2 hours to get there from Kuta or Ubud. You can hire a driver or a motorbike or take a tour. 

    Bali Tirta Gangga rice fields

    Whether you are looking for a hike in Bali's rice fields or just a stunning view, the rice fields in the Tirta Gangga area are gorgeous and easy to get to, if you have already visited the Palace. The famous Tirta Gangga water and electricity .
    These paddy fields are not as steep as some other places, but they are equally beautiful. There are different rides suitable for all fitness levels and they will take you along the villages of the area. There's an easy hike that starts right next to the water palace you can take on your own. If you want the challenge, you can do a 6-hour hike from Tirta Gangga through local villages of Lempuyang, Bukit Kusambi and Budakaling.
    How to get to Tirta Gangga rice field? Tirta Gangga is located in Karangasem Regency, East Bali. You can hire a driver or take a tour. It takes about 2.5 hours drive to Tirta Gangga from Ubud or Kuta. 
    The best time to visit is always early morning. You will have the best light and you will have your own room. Another option is in the late afternoon. Always carry plenty of water and good climbing shoes. The weather is usually quite hot and humid and in most places, once you start walking, there is no chance of buying water.

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