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The landscape of Bali is undeniably beautiful, from the coastline to the traditional architecture of the cities. But there’s nothing more stunning, or iconic, than the Bali rice fields. Maybe it’s the perfectly engineered geometric shapes of the fields or the mesmerizing shades of green, but the Bali rice fields are a natural beauty.
As you explore the island of Bali you’ll see fields of green to your left and right, they’re everywhere! But if you want to visit the bigger fields, it takes a bit of planning. When it comes to the best rice terrace in Bali, the island has some beautiful ones on offer. The Tegalalang rice terrace near Ubud is the most famous one and a top pick for Instagrammers looking for the perfect shot. We loved visiting the Tegalalang rice field, but when we visited the Jatiluwih rice terrace, it absolutely took our breath away. The Jatiluwih rice terrace is not only less crowded and easier to navigate, but it’s equally as beautiful as Tegalalang rice terrace. Here are our top tips for visiting the Jatiluwih rice terraces.
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How to Get to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The Jatiluwih rice fields are located in central Bali. It’s about an hour to an hour and a half drive up from Canggu, depending on traffic and whether you ride a motorbike or go by car. The length of time to travel from Ubud to Jatiluwih rice terrace is about the same, an hour and a half.
On your drive up from Canggu or Ubud you’ll start to catch a glimpse of the vast rice terraces. Eventually you’ll pass a checkpoint where a guard will signal you to pull over and purchase an entrance ticket. If you pass the first checkpoint, there’s a second one waiting for you. And if you pass both (like we accidentally did!) they’ll find you when you go to park in the parking lot across from the entrance.
The Jatiluwih Rice Terrace entrance fee is 40,000 rupiah per person. Compared to the Tegalalang rice terrace entrance fee of 10,000, this seems a bit steep, but it’s still only $3 USD. The entrance fee includes parking. Also, you won’t be asked for donations at different areas of the rice field like at Tegalalang. There is simply one entrance fee and that’s it.
Best Time to Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
When planning a trip to Jatiluwih there are two things to take into consideration, the time time of day and the time of year. Although you can visit the rice terraces at any time of year, if you visit during the rainy season then you’re more likely to get randomly rained on in the middle of the day. Bali’s rainy season is typically early November to the end of March, with torrential downpours more likely to occur in the afternoon.
That being said, the weather is super unpredictable and you could just as easily get stuck in the rain in June. So if you’re visiting Bali at the beginning of end of the year don’t be put off by the chance of rain, just don’t forget to pack your umbrella!
When it’s not rainy season, like most places around the world, the best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon. The sun is considerably less hot and the lighting is much prettier for photos. The cooler morning and evening air also means less sweat drenched clothes as you climb up and down the terrace paths.
Spending some time to Ubud? Check out our Ubud Travel Guide for all the best things to do, see and experience.
Navigating the Bali Rice Terraces
Jatiluwih is actually really well laid out, which makes it easy to navigate. Guides and drivers may offer you a Jatiluwih rice terrace tour, but we enjoyed going through on our own. At the entrance, and dotted throughout the paths, there are maps that show you all the routes you can take. There is one main concrete path that circles through the field and from there you can take little offshoots. To get around you can walk, ride your motorbike, rent electric bikes and or rent a regular bicycle. We chose to park our motorbike at the main parking lot and walk through.
There are several hikes available, all of which are laid out on the map and can be navigated by sign posts. There are several points of interest to see along way, including an outdoor amphitheater, a UNESCO monument and a few small temples. We arrived in the late afternoon, so we mostly stuck to the main paths. You could probably walk the entire thing in just a couple of hours, depending on how often you stop for photos.
While you’re exploring you can walk off the main path and into the fields themselves. At first I wasn’t sure if this was allowed, but I had multiple farmers pass me while I was trekking into the fields and they all gave me an enthusiastic waves. So I guess it’s game on! Obviously, be careful you don’t fall over and ruin someone’s crop. I actually found the trails in the Jatiluwih rice terrace easier to walk through than at Tegalalang. It can still be hazardous, though, as some of the paths look like a trail but are really just long grass with no sturdy ground underneath.
Looking for another amazing rice terrace in Bali? Check out our complete guide to Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
What to Bring to Jatiluwih Rice Fields
While the hikes around Jatiluwih aren’t as grueling as trekking through Tegalalang rice terrace, you’ll still want to make sure you have plenty of water. There are several shops and a couple of warungs around the rice terrace, so you can pick up a bottle or better yet, grab a coconut to keep you hydrated! Shout out to the eco-conscious warung owner who has bamboo straws for her beverages!
You’ll also want decent walking shoes, so you can keep up your stamina for exploring. There isn’t much shade on the main path, so a hat and sunscreen are key. We didn’t encounter any bugs, but it’s never a bad idea to have bug spray with you in Bali.
What to Wear to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (for the ladies!)
We visited on a day with lots of cloud cover and it was surprisingly cool. But considering the lack of shade, it looks like it can get really hot on a sunny day. Clothes that keep you covered up are a must, as is a good wide brim hat.
Because there are a lot less people at Jatiluwih rice terrace, it’s a perfect opportunity to get some epic photos of yourself. Flowery dresses look beautiful in the terrace, especially in colors like white or red that contrast the green. There aren’t any photo props like the nests or swings near Ubud, so don’t expect any staged Instagram photos. But the rice terraces are pretty easy to walk into so it’s not hard to get a shot of you surrounded by green!
Where to Stay Near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Adhi Jaya Suite – Probably the closest Jatiluwih accommodation to the rice terraces. This hotel has simple rooms with stunning views of the terrace. Considering the proximity to this tourist attraction, the rooms are affordable at around $20USD/night.
D’wan Tea Mountain Side – If you want something a little fancier, this secluded homestay is built into the mountains. The rooms are gorgeous and the views are stunning. They also make tea on site.
Sang Giri: Mountain Glamping Camp – Perfect for those that want to feel outdoorsy sense of camping without giving up their creature comforts. It may be the most expensive camping you ever do, but the luxury tents make it all worth it.
Things to Do Near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
The area near the rice terrace is called Jatiluwih Green Land, an appropriate name considering just how green the rice fields are! There are several things to do in the Jatiluwih area:
Yeh Hoo Waterfall
This is a small waterfall that you may just come across accidentally as you explore the rice terraces. It’s a perfect spot for taking a dip after a hot afternoon trekking through rice!
Angseri Hot Spring
These hot springs are only about a 15 minute drive from the rice terraces. Angseri Hot Springs are pretty unknown and you may find that you’re the only tourists there. From the entrance you have about a 1 km walk through the jungle to get to the spring. It’s not a fancy spa type hot spring, but a natural heated pool surrounded by lush trees and rocks.
Hike Mount Agung
You can actually hike the famous volcano in the center of Bali! It is active, but you can still hike up as long as you don’t go super close to the crater. Unlike Mount Batur, Mount Agung is a pretty challenging hike and takes about four hours to climb up. You need to be in good physical condition to do this trek. Most travelers go up late at nigh,t so they can catch sunrise at the top. If and when you make it up (you can do it!) you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and the feeling of being amongst the clouds.