Discover Jatiluwih Rice Terraces In Bali
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are the biggest and most picturesque rice paddies in Bali and potentially all of Indonesia. Jatiluwih Bali is far less crowded and unspoiled compared to the more popular Tegalalang Rice Terraces and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to see in Bali!
I have put together the ultimate guide to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces including how to get there and what to expect.
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WHERE IS JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are located at the foot of Mount Batukaru in the Tabanan Regency.
From Canggu, it is approximately a 2-hour ride and from Ubud, it takes around 1.5 hours to reach Jatiluwih Rice Terraces.
HOW TO GET TO JATILUWIH BALI
The best way to get to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is on a scooter. You can rent scooters in the main tourist hubs throughout Bali including Canggu, Seminyak, Kuta, Denpasar, Ubud, and Uluwatu.
Scooter rental is typically 50,000 IDR per day or you can rent them on a monthly basis from anywhere between 600,000 IDR and 700,000 IDR.
Alternatively, if you are not comfortable driving a scooter, you can rent a car in Bali and head out to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces on 4 wheels instead of 2.
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Exploring the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
JATILUWIH RICE TERRACE ENTRANCE FEE
There is no entrance fee to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and I had no issues wandering freely around these magnificent rice fields.
The local rice farmers are overly friendly and very quick to give you a big smile which will be sure to make your day.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
I arrived at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces at around 5:30 am to make sure I was there in time to get my camera gear ready, scope out a good spot in the rice fields and then shoot the sunrise.
The landscapes around the Jatiluwih Unesco Cultural Site are both dramatic and exotic. The temperatures up in Jatiluwih Bali are much cooler and it is the perfect place to get away from Bali’s hot and crowded south.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces covers over 600 hectares of incredibly well-maintained rice paddies that date back as early as the 9th century.
You will get to experience the local farmers at work in the fields which makes for great photo opportunities when wandering around the Jatiluwih Unesco Cultural Site.
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Sunrise at Jatiluwih Unesco site
Drone shot of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Aerial shot of Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
JATILUWIH RICE FIELDS
I spent 2 to 3 hours roaming around Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and I did not see another tourist the entire time. Jatiluwih is a natural beauty that is truly a very majestic and iconic location.
There are a number of small restaurants and cafes that line the side of the road at the entrance to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. You can stop here for breakfast or lunch once you have finished exploring the beautiful Jatiluwih Unesco site.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are definitely up there with one of my favorite spots to explore in Bali.
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Golden hour at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Sunrise at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Jatiluwih Rice Fields
MAP OF JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
WHERE TO STAY NEAR JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
Bedugul is the nearest town near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces which has dozens of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Saranam Resort & Spa Bedugul
Saranam Resort is the best 5-star accommodation in Bedugul. Featuring a swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and restaurant, beautiful gardens and free wifi. The rooms are modern and spacious with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, private bathroom and mountain views. A continental breakfast or English breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Handara Golf & Resort
Handara Golf & Resort is more than just a golf course. The entrance to this accommodation is the most Instagrammed location in Bali. This 3-star resort is set in the beautiful mountains of Bedugul featuring a Japanese restaurant and bar, tennis court and spa. It’s also very close to waterfalls and temples. The rooms are large with a seating area, minibar, free wifi, flat-screen tv and lake views. Perfect place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Pondok Nyoman
Pondok Nyoman is the best budget accommodation in Bedugul for solo travelers or couples on a budget. Featuring a shared lounge, rice terrace views, swimming pool, restaurant and free wifi. They have double rooms available with spacious living and private bathroom. Breakfast is included for all guests.
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AIRBNB NEAR JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
Another option for accommodation near Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES
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