If you are planning to travel to Bali, then I am certain you have heard of the spectacular Tegalalang Rice Terrace. If you are planning to visit one (Hint: you should) then make sure to read this post.
During my first trip to Bali, I did a full-day guided tour with a local. Besides the mental monkeys at the monkey sanctuary, I also stopped at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. The stunning Rice Terrace is part of the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprises of lush emerald-green terrace’s still being worked by local rice farmers. You truly have to see it in order to grasp its beauty.
So here’s everything you need to know about a quick trip to Bali’s famous rice fields in Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACE | THE BASICS
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourists stops in Bali. It is stunningly lush and well maintained/touristy rice terrace with lots of vantage points, zips lines and ‘Bali Swings”. This is probably one of the best Instagram-able moments of your holiday!
How to get to Tegalalang rice fields from Ubud
The rice fields are located a short 20-minute drive from Ubud and is very easy to find. There is a large carpark just a couple of minutes’ walk from the fields where you can park your car for a small fee. (I think it was around the 10,000 IDR, but don’t @ me) A taxi from Ubud will cost around the 200,000 IDR and a scooter for around 50,000 IDR.
Tegalalang rice terrace entrance fee
At the entrance, they will ask for a ‘donation’. So technically the entrance is free, but the locals ask for a small donation to help improve their livelihood and maintain the terraces. They are located throughout the rice fields, so bring a bunch of smaller notes so you can pay each at each wooden shack. The average donation is usually around 10,000 IDR (which is roughly $1 AUD). Depending on how many donations you’re willing to pay you can decide how far into the rice terraces you want to go. I think I stopped after the second or third checkpoints since I felt like going further wouldn’t’ offer me a different view. This was at the bottom of the fields, so the shacks are not located every couple of meters, so it is pretty reasonable.
If locals are working in the fields and you snap a photo of them, they will ask for another ‘donation’ so be aware when you do.
tegalalang rice terrace opening hours
The rice fields are open from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Visit early in the day to avoid the heat and crowds
It is highly recommended to go early in the morning as it gets scorching hot at noon. If you can make it as early as possible, you also have a chance of missing the big crowds. Tourist buses will arrive around 10 AM, so be sure to arrive before that.
Best Time To Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace
To see the rice terrace at their greenest and full in abundance, you should visit in March, April, September or October as this is when the rice is about to be harvested.
Rain season in Bali is between December and February. During these months, the terraces are lovely and green, but it’s not an ideal time to visit, as you may have to spend your day outside in the pouring rain, which is no fun!
BALI RICE FIELDS | What to expect
You will start at the top of the field where you will find signs directing you to stairs for ‘Rice Trekking,’ just follow those and you’ll head down a whole bunch of steps to the bottom of the terraces.
You can kind of wander along the fields and do your thing. There are several side ‘lanes’ that you can go into and take photos. Just be weary that you don’t destroy the fields or the rice as it is someone’s livelihood.
Along the way, there are a couple of shops where you can buy a refreshing drink, some ice cream or a basic lunch, which you definitely need in the humidity that is called Bali. There is also a swing and zipline if you wish to do that. (of course, for a fee) and a couple of souvenir stands at the top of the fields.
I spend about 1 hour here, so don’t plan a whole day at these fields. Yes, they are amazing and very cool, but truth be told, once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. And there is only so many photo’s you can take.
All in all, I really enjoyed my trip to the rice fields.
Is it very touristy? Unfortunately, yes! But the cheap ‘entree fee’ the stunning lush fields, the photo ops and the overall vibe was just lovely, and I do recommend it. After all, you need a typical Bali Instagram moment to show off to your followers right!
Where to stay in Ubud
Underneath a couple of great accommodation options if you are staying in Ubud for your holiday:
You can grab a hostel for as little as $3,- a night WHOAH! though most of them lie between £5-8 per person/per night. You can look on booking sites like Hostel Bookers and Hostel World for availability and rates.
Some recommended hostels with decent ratings :
- Puji Hostel
- Green View Backpackers Inn
- New Ubud Hostel
- RW Downtown hostel
- Pondok Permata (Homestay)
More things to see and do in Ubud
Underneath are just a couple of more options to see and do whilst you are in Ubud.
Ubud money forest
I am sure you have heard of the Monkey forrest if you have done some research on Bali. The monkey forrest is actually a lovely and beautiful place to visit, and worth your while.
Admission is IDR 40,000 for adults and IDR 30,000 for kids. Which comes down to $4 AUD for an adult and $3 AUD for a child, a bargain for a day out!
You will spend a couple of hours here, I have written an extensive post on what it is like to visit, tips and tricks and basic information on the Monkey Forest, make sure to check it out before you visit.
This temple dedicated to the goddess of knowledge and wisdom and is a beautiful water palace surrounded by full of lotus flowers. You can only see it from the front if you want to enter for free. The mini bridge leading up to the temple is very pretty with lotus flowers on either side. To get inside, you can pay to see the traditional dance done by the temple performers but this costs around 50k IDR the last time we were here. If you don’t opt for the dance, you can be in and out of here within 15-20 minutes (this includes time to take and pose for pictures)
If you are planning a 7 day trip to bali, Indonesia, check out my extensive itinerary. Filled with great tips an what to see when in Bali for a week.
Have you been to Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Bali? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!
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