Bali is world-renowned for it’s beaches and nightlife, but a trip to the centre of the island reveals an entirely different surprise altogether. Here we found rolling hills of lush green dotted by little villages and undisturbed valleys which dominated the landscape and created a scene that appeared as if it had just jumped straight off a postcard. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most popular must-sees on the island of Bali, situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud. The main road which links Kintamani to Ubud offers a stunning view of these rice terraces.
The three of us found ourselves here while out on a half day bicycle tour. We were one our way up to Kintamani for breakfast, and our driver stopped at this well-known area so that we could admire the panoramic views and take a few pictures before starting our three hour downhill bicycle adventure.
If you want to get up close and personal with the locals who work in and around the rice terraces, it is possible to take a day tour of the Tegalalang Village. Below, some tourist follow a local through the terraces. This is a really nice way to learn more about the locals, farming, and day-to-day life.
How To Get To Tegalalang’s Rice Terraces: To get to the rice terraces, simply hire a driver or rent a motorbike (approx. $5 USD/day). From the Ubud town centre, take Jalan Raya as far east as you can go, and then turn north. After about 9KM, you’ll reach Tegalalang and see the terraces on your right. With a toddler onboard we found it
easier safer to just hire a personal driver for our day tours (roughly $45/day). In fact, having a personal driver turned out to be quite treat since they would often want to hold and play with Elijah. Babysitter, tour guide, and driver all rolled into one. Not a bad deal 🙂