Bali’s Rice Terraces

For  the Balinese, rice is more than just their staple food; it is an integral part of their culture. The rituals of the cycle of planting, maintaining, irrigating and harvesting rice enrich the cultural life of Bali beyond a what any single staple can ever hope to do.

Tegalalang, Ubud
These rice terraces just north of Ubud are set on a cliff bank with a small river valley underneath it.  The road leading to the most panoramic outlooks is lined with shops selling all types of crafts, so it may take a while to get there.  However, it is the closest spot to Ubud to absorb the miraculous feat of agricultural engineering that makes Bali one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Jatiluwih, Tabanan
Jatiluwih is a lovely spot to linger and enjoy the serenity of shimmering rice terraces and farming families working the land as their families have down for centuries.  On a sunny day, Mount Batukaru dominates the backdrop.  The most stunning days are when the rice starts to turn a vibrant shade of green just before harvest,

Tirta Gangga, East Bali
The many streams around Tirta Ganggafeeds the complicated irrigation systems that form the amazing rice terrace landscape found in this area. With Mount Lempuyan looming in the background, the view is quite breathtaking.

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