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The best rice fields in Bali – Should you skip Tegalalang?

by Steph

There’s no denying that you’ll come across many gorgeous rice fields in Bali. This is why the top recommended thing to do in Bali is visiting the many rice paddies that cover a major part of the island.  

Think strolling along lush greenery while enjoying the fresh air in a peaceful setting and witnessing the local way of life. Every rice terraces in Bali are unique in their own way, so there’s no chance of getting bored! 

Keep reading to know about the best rice fields in Bali and whether the famous Tegalalang rice terraces are worth visiting!  

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BEST RICE TERRACES IN BALI

The rice fields in Bali are collectively owned by several farmers who share the land to cultivate rice and other crops. Through the Subak system, the Balinese came up with a sustainable irrigation system that deviates the water from rivers and streams to flow through water temples and finally into the rice fields. 

Thanks to the Subak system, the Balinese were able to cultivate crops on uneven terrain, creating the picturesque terraced landscapes that Bali is famous for. 

Below is a list of the most beautiful rice terraces in Bali and everything you need to know on how to get there and the respective entrance fees. 

Sidemen Valley rice fields
Rice fields in Sidemen Valley

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES, UBUD

Located only about 25 minutes from Ubud, Tegalalang rice terraces are without a doubt, the most popular rice fields in Bali and for this reason, you should definitely visit early in the morning!  

Despite the fact that Tegalalang is small, the view from the entrance looks amazing with the neatly stacked rice terraces and the early sun rays peeking through the coconut trees give a magical feel to the rice paddies.   

The official opening hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but you can actually get there early and skip the entrance fee. I arrived at 6.30 a.m. and there were already about 15 people, so I can only imagine how crowded it would get at 10 a.m! 

As you walk down the rice terraces, you’ll find several donation points but if you go early like I did, there won’t be too many. To get to the best photo spot, you’ll have to pay IDR 50k (US$ 3.60). 

Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, Bali

So, are the Tegalalang rice terraces worth visiting? 

For me personally, I would say no. I found Tegalalang a bit underwhelming compared to other bigger and more beautiful rice fields like Jatiluwih or Sidemen. Initially, I was planning on spending two hours there but found that 45 minutes was enough to see everything. Unfortunately, Tegalalang felt too commercialized with all the swings and selfie spots everywhere.  

BUT, if you’re on a short trip to Bali and can only squeeze in the major highlights, then go for it! I would recommend you to visit early in the morning and try to explore further away from the popular photo spots.  

Close towards the middle of the rice terraces is a path leading up to a wooden platform where you can get an amazing view all to yourself IF you go early! Also, make sure you prepare some small change for the donations.  

Best Rice Fields In Bali - Tegalalang

How to get to Tegalalang rice terraces? 

The rice terraces are found in Tegalalang village about 25 minutes north of Ubud or 1.5 hours from Kuta. You can hire a driver for the day from IDR 500k (US$ 35.70) or rent a motorbike for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30). 

Entrance fee: IDR 20k, but free if you go early 

JATILUWIH RICE FIELDS, WEST BALI

Jatiluwih rice terraces are among the largest and most impressive rice terraces in Bali! Unlike the Tegalalang rice terraces, Jatiluwih didn’t feel crowded at all and is definitely a must on any Bali itinerary! Since the path is well-marked, you can hike around the rice paddies on your own or join a cycling tour if you wish.

Temple at Jatiluwih, Bali
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Below are the different trekking routes available at Jatiluwih: 

  • Short track (red line): 1.5 km; 45 minutes to 1 hour 
  • Medium track (purple line): 2 km; 1 to 1.5 hours 
  • Medium track (yellow line): 2.3 km; 1 to 2 hours 
  • Long track (blue line): 3.1 km; 1.5 to 2 hours 
  • Extra track (white line): 5.5 km; 3.5 to 4 hours 

I got there at around 4.30 p.m. and regretted not coming earlier to be able to explore more. I would definitely recommend spending at least half a day here and you can also have lunch at the many restaurants found in the area. 

Panoramic view at Jatiluwih
Views for days at Jatiluwih rice fields!

How to get to Jatiluwih rice terraces? 

Jatiluwih is located in the Tabanan Regency, about 1.5 hours from Ubud, 2 hours from Kuta or 30 minutes from Bedugul. You can hire a driver for the day from IDR 500k (US$ 35.70) and combine it with a visit to some waterfalls in the area like Leke Leke or Nungnung. You can also rent a motorbike for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) per day. 

Entrance fee: IDR 40k (US$ 2.85) 

SIDEMEN VALLEY RICE FIELDS, EAST BALI

Sidemen Valley is still considered the untouched part of Bali. Here you won’t find many tourists or souvenir shops, but rather miles and miles of beautiful rice fields. There are several hiking trails that take you along the rice paddies, vegetable plantations, rivers and even a small man-made waterfall.  

The start of the trail is breathtaking!  Rice fields dotted with banana and coconut trees, small wooden huts, the sound of the water flowing through the canals and Mount Agung in the background. Sidemen valley definitely wins the number one spot on my list of favorite Balinese rice fields! 

The Best Rice Fields In Bali
Sidemen Rice Fields

The trek is easy since the path is mostly flat. Though, I still highly recommend that you hire a guide through Sidemen Tour and Trekking for only IDR 75k (US$ 5.35) per hour to avoid getting lost in the endless greenery!  

My guide, Komang was very helpful and showed me exactly where to step while trekking between the rice paddies. The tour was very informative and I learned about the local history of Sidemen and got a little introduction to the Subak irrigation system.  

After the hike, go to Warung Deva for lunch which serves delicious Balinese food with a view of the rice fields.  

Sidemen Valley Rice Fields

How to get to Sidemen rice fields? 

The Sidemen rice fields are located in East Bali, about 1.5 hours from Ubud, Kuta or Seminyak. You can hire a driver from IDR 500k (US$ 35.70) or rent a motorbike for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) per day. 

Entrance fee: Free 

CAMPUHAN RIDGE WALK, UBUD

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a popular walking trail in Ubud. The best time to visit is during sunrise or sunset to avoid the crowds and scorching heat. 

The start of the trail goes mostly uphill but still quite easy as you follow along the paved walkway. After about a 20 minutes’ walk, you’ll find a few restaurants and art shops. If you keep going towards Karsa Kafe, you’ll reach one of the most beautiful rice paddies in Ubud! 

Order a coconut at Karsa Kafe for only IDR 20k (US$ 1.45) and make sure you sit upstairs for the best view of the rice paddies! 

Rice paddies at the end of Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud, Bali
Rice terraces at the end of Campuhan Ridge Walk

How to get to Campuhan Ridge Walk? 

If you’re coming from the Ubud Art Market, head down towards Warwick Ibah Luxury Villas and Spa. Follow the sign saying “going to the hill” until you reach the stairs on the right which lead to a temple. The motorbike parking is found on the opposite side, just above the stairs. 

Entrance fee: Free 

SUBAK JUWUK MANIS, UBUD 

Subak Juwuk Manis (Magical Rice Fields in Ubud) is one of the few hidden rice fields in Ubud! Since the path is not accessible by car or scooter, the walk feels more peaceful and you won’t encounter many people.  

These rice fields are magical indeed with their incredible green hue and the narrow path lined with coconut trees offers great photo opportunities! Subak Juwuk Manis is, in my opinion, the best rice fields walk in Ubud!

Subak Juwuk Manis Rice Fields In Bali
The magical rice fields of Subak Juwuk Manis

How to get to Subak Juwuk Manis? 

If you’re coming from the Ubud Art Market, walk along Jl. Raya Ubud in the direction of the Saraswati Temple. Keep going until you see the wooden sign on the right, pointing to Subak Juwuk Manis (Magical Rice Field In Ubud) and follow the narrow path for about five minutes to get to the rice fields. The path then loops back to Jl Kajeng. 

You can also start from Jl. Kajeng, but it will take a bit longer to reach the rice fields. 

Entrance fee: Free 

SARI ORGANIK RICE FIELDS, UBUD (JL SUBAK SOK WAYAH)

This is an easy walk through the rice fields but slightly more popular than Subak Juwuk Manis. You’ll come across several restaurants and art shops and the Ubud Yoga House where you can practice yoga with a view of the rice paddies.  

There are a few accommodations available here as well but keep in mind that the road is only accessible by scooter, so you might need to pack light. 

When you reach Sari Organik, make sure you stop there for their juices and smoothies which taste so good! This is one of the best restaurants with a beautiful view of the rice fields. Or, you can also keep walking to Joglo Organik and eat there instead. I had the Gado Gado which tasted delicious and was really cheap for only IDR 30k (US$ 2.15). 

Sari Organik rice field view
The view from Sari Organic Restaurant

How to get to Sari Organic Rice Fields? 

If you’re starting from the Ubud Art Market, walk along the right side of Jl Raya Ubud until you find a side road, opposite the Lazy Cats Cafe. There are several signs on the wall pointing to a few restaurants and a yoga studio. From there, walk along the road and immediately turn left and follow the narrow concrete path which opens up to the rice fields. 

Entrance fee: Free  

BEDUGUL RICE TERRACES

Bedugul is a small quiet village located in the northern central part of Bali. Here you’ll get to enjoy the cooler temperatures with rice field views everywhere. 

If you’ve ever dreamt of staying at a hotel in Bali with an incredible view of the rice fields, Pondok Nyoman is the perfect place for that! The best part is that you get your own spacious room and a nice pool, all for US$ 25! 

View from Pondok Nyoman Bedugul
Incredible view of the rice terraces from Pondok Nyoman Guesthouse

How to get to Bedugul rice fields? 

Bedugul is found about 1 hour from Ubud or 1.5 hours from Kuta. If you’re coming directly from the airport, the drive takes about 1.5 hours and costs IDR 450k (US$ 32.10). You can also hire a driver for the day from IDR 500k (US$ 35.70) or rent a motorbike for about IDR 60k (US$ 4.30) per day.  


Bali is blessed with an incredible landscape that will immediately make you want to plan your next trip! These are all the rice fields that I was able to visit but I hope to go back to explore even more. 

So, are you ready to visit the best rice terraces in Bali? Let me know in the comments below and whether you’ll skip the Tegalalang rice terraces or see for yourself! 


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10 comments

May Durkee January 8, 2020 - 5:54 pm

I’ve never been to Bali and always thought to myself if those places were too overrated. Some great tips and information here. Thank you.

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Steph January 8, 2020 - 7:21 pm

Unfortunately, some parts are very overrated. Luckily I was able to see the less-touristy side of Bali during my second visit and I highly recommend everyone to do the same to see that there’s much more to Bali than just the tourist hotspots 🙂

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Christine @ The Journey of Christine January 8, 2020 - 6:15 pm

I would LOVE to visit Bali one day! It looks so beautiful and relaxing there! I had a friend do a hike to all those gorgeous rice fields and it gave me major wanderlust!

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Steph January 8, 2020 - 7:58 pm

You definitely need to go, especially if you love being in nature! 🙂 Hiking around the rice fields was one of my favorite things to do in Bali!

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Patti January 9, 2020 - 9:31 am

Do you think there’s a mosquito problem in the rice fields?

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Steph January 9, 2020 - 5:59 pm

There weren’t that many mosquitoes when I visited but it’s better to come prepared and bring some bug repellent 🙂

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Tania Muthusamy January 9, 2020 - 5:38 pm

I didn’t realise there are so many beautiful rice fields and terraces in Bali. I hope to go there soon, so will definitely check out some of these, in particular the Jatiluwih rice terraces. They look amazing.

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Steph January 9, 2020 - 6:01 pm

I hope you can make it soon! 🙂 Jatiluwih was one of my favorites and I’ll make sure to visit again next time I’m in Bali.

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Melissa Luther January 9, 2020 - 8:31 pm

The rice fields look beautiful! I love being in nature. I agree that the less touristy ones are always better, being able to experience it like a local. I will have to add some of these to my list. Thanks for sharing!

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Steph January 9, 2020 - 8:38 pm

You’re welcome. Glad you like it! 🙂

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