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Bali Rice Fields: 7 Spectacular Rice Terraces in Bali

by Steph

There’s no denying that you’ll come across many beautiful Bali rice fields during your visit to the island of Gods. This is why the best thing to do in Bali is visiting the many rice terraces that cover a major part of the island. 

Think strolling between lush rice paddies, enjoying the fresh air in a peaceful setting, and witnessing the local way of life. The rice terraces in Bali are all unique in their own way, so there’s no risk of getting bored! 

If you want to learn more about the best rice fields in Bali, this guide will show you a list of 7 most beautiful Bali rice terraces, how to get there, entrance fees, and whether the famous Tegalalang Rice Terraces are worth visiting. 

rice paddies in bali - Campuhan Ridge Walk

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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 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, thus 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 about how to get there and their respective entrance fees. 

Sidemen Valley rice fields in Bali
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 impressive with the neatly stacked rice terraces, The early sun rays peeking through the coconut trees definitely 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 avoid 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, 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
Tegalalang rice terraces

Are the Tegalalang rice terraces worth visiting? 

If you’re on a short trip to Bali and can only squeeze in the major highlights, then Tegalalang is worth visiting. For the best experience, I would recommend visiting early in the morning and make sure 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.  

Although Tegalalang is considered the most Instagrammable spot in Bali, I personally found it a bit underwhelming compared to other bigger and more beautiful Bali rice fields like Jatiluwih or Sidemen. 

I was initially planning on spending two hours there but found that 45 minutes was enough to see everything. For me, Tegalalang felt too commercialized with all the swings and selfie spots.   

Best Rice Fields In Bali - Tegalalang
A hidden spot at Tegalalang rice terraces

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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 or 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-visit 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. I would definitely recommend spending at least half a day there 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!

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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 of the best Bali waterfalls nearby such as Banyu Wana Amertha, 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 around 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 highly recommend hiring 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 a lot about the local history of Sidemen and got a little introduction to the Subak irrigation system.  

After the hike, head to Warung Deva for lunch to eat some delicious Balinese food with a view of the rice fields.  

Sidemen Valley Rice Fields
The start of the rice field trail in Sidemen

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 if you want to avoid the crowds and 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 fields in Ubud! 

Order a coconut at Karsa Kafe for only IDR 20k (US$ 1.45) and make sure to 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

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

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 at 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)

Sari Organik is one of the most popular rice field walks in Ubud. Along the way, you’ll come across several restaurants, 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 it might be slightly inconvenient if you’re traveling with a suitcase.

When you reach Sari Organik, make sure you stop there for their delicious juices and smoothies! This is one of the best restaurants in Ubud with a beautiful rice field view.

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
View of the beautiful rice paddies 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 the Ubud Yoga House. From there, walk along the road and immediately turn left and follow the narrow concrete path until it 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 literally everywhere. It’s also a great spot to base yourself if you want to visit the North Bali waterfalls.

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

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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.  

Tips for Visiting the Bali Rice Fields

  1. At the most popular rice terraces like Tegalalang and Jatiluwih, it’s best to visit early in the morning to avoid crowds.  Visiting early will also allow you to avoid the scorching heat that Bali is notorious for.
  2. Bring lots of water and wear good walking/hiking shoes when trekking between the Bali rice paddies as the path can be very muddy and uneven in some places.
  3. When visiting Tegalalang, you might need to give a small donation to the farmers before entering certain sections. This helps them to cultivate the land and build concrete paths to make the rice terraces more accessible to visitors.
tall coconut trees in a rice field in Ubud, Bali
Subak Juwuk Manis Rice Fields

Bali is blessed with an incredible landscape that will immediately make you want to plan your next trip! These are some of the best Bali rice fields that I was able to visit and I plan on going back soon to discover more. 

So, are you ready to visit the best rice terraces in Bali? Let me know in the comments below and whether you think Tegalalang rice terraces are worth visiting.

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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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