8 Best Bali Rice Terraces

Most Popular Places to See Rice Paddies in Bali

The best Bali rice terraces offer outstanding landscapes that can can fill entire memory cards with stunning snaps. They’re among the must-sees for visits to the island, and can give interesting insights into the local way of life. Rice paddies in Bali are part of the people’s heritage. The centuries-old traditional irrigation cooperative, ‘subak’, lives on through such artistry in nature. One of Bali’s top examples is Jatiluwih, recognised by UNESCO in its world cultural landscapes list.

Tegallalang is a valley that’s smaller than Jatiluwih, but it's very popular and more accessible. The beautiful roadside valley lookout is just a short drive up from the main Ubud centre. If you can spare some time on your visit, there are several other sites in Bali offering impressive rice field views. Some even feature majestic mountains as backdrops. Due to succession planting, there’s no best season to see the green rice fields – they look amazing all year! 

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    Jatiluwih

    Tabanan, West Bali
    Jatiluwih

    Once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate and listed as one of the world’s important cultural landscapes, the Jatiluwih rice terraces flow down the southern slopes of the Batukaru mountain range in West Bali. The rice fields comprise over 600 hectares, which follow the cascading hillside topography of the highlands and are well-maintained by the local village’s ‘subak’ cooperative. Jatiluwih is the largest and most picturesque of all of the rice terraces in Bali. Entrance to the main area requires a fee that goes to the local village cooperative fund. You’ll get the impressive 180-degree ‘sea of green’ views just halfway up along the paddy roadside. If you’re in the area, you can visit a neighbouring site in the village of Pupuan, a short distance away. Read More...

    • Location: Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan
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    Head straight up north from the T-junction at the eastern end of Ubud’s main Jalan Raya Ubud street, and you’ll reach the craftsmen’s village of Tegallalang. This is one of the Ubud region’s three villages famous for their rice terraced landscapes, the others being Pejeng to its east and Campuhan to its west. The high roadside outlook is cool and breezy, and it’s a popular stopover on tours to the island’s central-north, via Ubud. There are numerous restaurants offering coffee and local cuisine with the views, as well as art kiosks and cafés near the ledge offering all sorts of paintings and carvings at bargain prices. Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Ubud
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    Sidemen

    Karangasem, East Bali
    Sidemen

    Sidemen Village is located along the Klungkung and Besakih Temple route, roughly a two-hour drive from Ubud, and is a great spot for seeing beautiful rice paddies in East Bali. Driving through the rural neighbourhood’s roads is quite pleasant, and you can enjoy the soothing views from up close on various paddy trekking tours. Some of the walks over lush hillsides available here cross rivers to different farmlands, where you can learn about the local organic produce. Sidemen offers great local souvenirs to take home. Among these are traditional dye weavings, known as ‘songket’ and ‘endek’, praised for their intricate motifs and use of colourful hand-loomed cotton or silk threads. Both the traditional cloth and a large print of this picture postcard rice paddy landscape serve as perfect mementos of your visit to the ‘real’ Bali. Read More...

    • Location: Sidemen Village, Jalan Semarapura-Karangasem, Karangasem, East Bali
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    Rendang

    East Bali
    Rendang

    Neighbouring Sidemen, Rendang is another attractive mountain village in East Bali’s Karangasem regency, with scenic countryside views complementing your drives through the capital of Amlapura. It’s dominated by rice fields and rivers, and the local craftsmen make their living from both agriculture and stone carving. The intricately crafted stone temples and statues can be seen lining the roadsides. The paddy-filled valleys also share the countryside with one of Bali’s favourite white water rafting rapids, Telaga Waja.

    • Location: Rendang Village, Jalan Raya Besakih, Karangasem, East Bali
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    Pererenan

    Pererenan is one of several farming villages in Canggu which offers a pleasant drive along its main road, with expanses of rice fields on both sides. Pererenan – and its sister village, Seseh – are favourite locations for horse riding tours, thanks to their paddies and exotically uncrowded black sand beaches. Jalan Pantai Pererenan offers a scenic ride down to the beach, and you can pull over anytime to see the local farmers tending to their crops from up close. It’s a great inclusion to your day trips to Tanah Lot Temple, which is just 20 minutes north from here. Location: Jalan Raya Seseh, Munggu Read More...

    • Location: Jalan Raya Seseh, Munggu
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    Pupuan

    Tabanan, West Bali
    Pupuan

    In roughly the same area as Jatiluwih, the farming village of Pupuan features beautiful rice terraces, together with cocoa, clove and coffee plantations. There are even groves of rare tropical fruits, such as mangosteen and durian. Head off in the early mornings and you can catch a glimpse of the farmers tending to their crops, or laying out cloves to dry on the roadsides. Off the main paths, the area also features tropical forests with hidden waterfalls and streams.

    • Location: Pupuan, Selemadeg, Tabanan, West Bali
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    Munduk Rice Fields

    North Bali
    Munduk Rice Fields

    Besides being home to one of Bali’s most scenic waterfalls, the highland region of Munduk features a wonderful expanse of rice paddies, particularly around the neighbourhoods of Gobleg and Gesing. The area is also a popular destination for nature walks and village cycling tours, thanks to its variety of natural attractions and its cool, lush atmosphere. The farms here produce durian and other local fruits, which you’ll often see sold at roadside stalls throughout the area’s hamlets. If you happen to be staying at the nature resorts in the area, such as Munduk Moding Plantation, tours can easily be arranged at the front desk.

    • Location: Jalan Gesing, Gobleg village, Banyuatis, Buleleng, North Bali
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    Soka Rice Fields

    Tabanan, West Bali
    Soka Rice Fields

    The rice fields of Soka village, near the West Bali coast, are among the island’s few that are low-lying and close to the beach. You can easily find Soka along most of your tours to the west, particularly along the very busy Denpasar-Gilimanuk route (which leads you to the Menjangan Island and the West Bali National Park). Further north, along the road that leads to the neighbouring village of Antasori, you will find a beautiful expanse of paddies, with Mount Batukaru visible as striking backdrop.

    • Location: Jalan Denpasar-Gilimanuk Km.45, Soka, Selemadeg, Antap, Tabanan, West Bali
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