When you think of Bali a common picture that comes to mind are the impressive rice field terraces that sweep down through the jungles. Tegalalang are some of the most famous photographed rice fields in Bali. They are an absolute must see if you go to Bali and they were definitely at the top of my list. They are located just about 20 minutes north of Ubud in central Bali. These fields are nothing short of magical.
Upon arriving at Tegalalang you can be assured that you will experience a moment, or many, of sheer amazement as I did. The view from the top of the hill is absolutely jaw dropping. My heart stopped as if I was hit by cupids arrow, taking in the first glimpse of the lush greenery surrounding me.
Once you have taken in the stunning scenery from above you ascend down steps that take you down into the valleys of terraces. I got lost in a sea of a vibrant green paradise as I danced and twirled my way through the fields.
The rice fields beauty tells a story of Balinese life. A lot of work goes into working the rice fields and it is a way of life in Bali shared by the entire community as it is an elaborate operation, they are maintained using a cooperative irrigation system. As you meander through the terraces you will come across native Balinese workers tending to the fields and going about their day working who are more than happy to stop and pose for a picture and say hello.
The magnitude of beauty is indescribable, and you may find yourself asking, how is this real? As you wind through the lush greenery you can stop and enjoy a nice coconut water at one of the many thatched roof huts located throughout the fields or you can just wander and reflect.
It is best to visit Tegalalang during the early morning as it has become a very popular tourist destination and it will become much busier as the day progresses. Plus watching the sun come up over the fields gives off such an energy of peace and tranquility.
Get swept away in the grandness and enjoy the majestic scenery. My daughter loved the rice terraces as much as I did, there were plenty of chickens and cows along the way that she would say hi and bye to. Here we are sharing a sweet moment at the top of one of the ridges.
With so many beautiful sights in Bali, taking time to visit the Tegalalang rice terraces will be an experience you will never forget. There is no entrance fee to go through the terraces, however the higher up you go there will be locals taking donations towards the upkeep of the paths so be sure to take some Rupiah to donate. There are also a number of cafes lining the road at the top of the terraces where you can grab a bite to eat and take in the view and you may even see artists lined up creating masterpieces of the rice fields.