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TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE (Terasering Padi Tegalalang) in Gianyar, Bali

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE

– All Details to Know About Tegalalang Rice Terrace –

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?

AWESOME RICE TERRACE
Truly beautiful rice terrace.
Some tropical trees make rich the view.

AWESOME ATMOSPHERE
It’s located in the beautiful highland and on the natural valley.
Fresh air and the water also.

AGRICULTURE
It’s show indonesian culture as based on the agriculture.
An appreciation of the making process & irrigation system.

NEAR UBUD
a place must to see if you stay in Ubud.
Only half hour from Ubud.

NEAR OTHER DESTINATION
It’s near to other destination such as Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple, Tirta Empul temple.
You can combine to visit those places.

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE

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WHAT IS TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?

DESCRIPTION:

Tegalalang rice terrace  is a beautiful landscape….no words to say. Just visit the place.

DEEP RICE TERRACE

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WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?

OPENING HOURS:
7.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

*) On the day time on the dry season it will be so hot and humid. You will get easy to sweat. Better you bring water, hat and hand fan.

**) As recommended by Keiko, you need to bring sunblock or sun cream and put on your skin before explore the rice terrace.

***) On the wet season, the foot path become slippery. Sometime it become muddy. You need be careful when walking on the narrow and slippery ground.

HOW MUCH IS TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE ENTRANCE FEE?

FREE —> IDR 10K

*) It’s free. But, you will find so many request donation in some spots.

**) I just realized it’s not free. The ticket window located near the car parking area. I get use visited by scooter and parking near the gate (stairs). They didn’t charge et all. But, my last visit someone walked to me and gave the ticket. Also they asked me to parking the scooter on the parking center.

THE BRIDGE

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*) After you walk down you will found a small river and the bridge.

**) After across the bridge you will see the local villager ask for some donation. This is the second donation spot.

***) Some young villagers will offering you to drink coconut water after you across the bridge.

WHERE IS TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE LOCATED?

LOCATION:
Village (Desa): Ceking
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tegalalang
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali

DISTANCE:
About 34 km northeast of Denpasar or 1 hour and 20 minutes from Denpasar, Bali.
About 10 km northeast of Ubud or 25 minutes from Ubud, Bali.
About 42 km northeast of Kuta beach or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Kuta, Bali.
About 44 km northeast of Ngurah Rai airport or 2 hour from the airport, Bali.

MAP OF TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE:

HOW TO GET TO TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is no public transport to get there.

*) For backpacker i recommend you to rent a scooter to reach this rice terrace and use google maps as your navigator.

**) It just half hour from Ubud.

***) I suggest you to visit Alas Harum luwak coffee for free testing coffee & tea before visit Tegalalang rice terrace.

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES

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*) After you reach the across side, you can see on the south side so many coconut trees.

**) In this spot also you will meet the third donation. Sometime they will force you to give donation. Well, it’s a little bit crazy, since when the donation become a must? They claimed it for  the owner who maintenance the rice terraces.

***) The Bali Tourism Board or local authority should fix this issue. It’s so many donation spots in this area. I count at least three donation spots. Donation near the front gate, donation near the bridge and third donations located across the hill. They should manage and combine it to become one. Maybe once payment as included on the entrance fee on the front side could be as a nice solution. So, it won’t bothering and convenient for the visitor.

A REAL OR A FAKE FARMER?

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*) As you can see on the picture above, they provide the white stone on the ground as the footpath. So, you won’t slipped when you walking. Especially after raining.

PHOTO SESSION

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*) You can take photo with those farmers and nothing is free in here. He will ask you some money after the photo session. If you want to check him whether he is a real farmer or a fake one, you need to see his muscle, the tanned skin and how rough his finger print. Then you will know about it. 😉

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

*) Free toilet on the cafe.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
Some cafe and restaurant facing the rice terraces.

THE CAFE

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*) The price of the drinks in the cafe are ridiculous for a backpacker. Especially for local backpacker like me. Fortunately she treated me for the drinks. So, it was nice drink with the best view i ever had.

TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE

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*) Update info: My visit on March 18th, 2018 I saw the new donation box was on the front (after the gate) or just before you walk down the rice terrace.

THE SWING

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*) I found some ‘Swing’ spot in Tegalalang rice terraces and you need to pay IDR 100K for 10 times. On the low season they offering for IDR 50K only.

RICE PADDY CYCLES:

RICE TERRACE WITHOUT RICE PLANT

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*) After harvest season, the farmer start treat the land before seedling. This period usually without rice plant for 1-2 weeks. Don’t be surprise if your visit didn’t see any rice plant.

RICE PADDY SEEDLING

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*) You can see how young and green they are. You can see also the unhulled rice around the seedling.

VEGETATIVE PHASE (55 DAYS)

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*) Vegetative phase is the longest phase of the rice plant. After the seedling till before the generative phase.

GENERATIVE PHASE: Reproduction (30 DAYS)

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*) In this phase you can see the rice plant start produce the rice grain.

GENERATIVE PHASE: RIPE GRAIN PHASE (35 DAYS)

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HARVEST TIME:

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*) Balinese harvest rice paddy three times in a year.

**) The whole process will take about 120 days from seedling to harvesting. It’s long process actually. Sometime it’s like a gambling, the farmer against the weather, pest, bugs, even the fluctuating price of the rice it self.

***)  It has a long process from the rice field until it serve on your plate. My grand father said as ‘Thousand hands’. From beginning process until it served in front of you, it passed a lot of people who work so hard to make it happen. It started by farmer (labour) who treat the land before seedling, seedling process and immerse seedling on treated field, fertilizing the field, opening water canal, spraying, harvesting the rice, hulling rice and distributing to market/customer.

****)  So, when you have a meals better take a rice wisely and finish it cleanly. Don’t waste this blessed food.

WATCH THE “TEGALALANG” RICE TERRACE FROM VIDEO:

SOME  ‘SEE & DO’ NEAR TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Tegalalang:

1. Alas harum luwak coffee + free testing.
2. Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple (Water temple).
3. Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple.
4. Tirta Empul temple (Water temple).

You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 1 itinerary.

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8 thoughts on “TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE (Terasering Padi Tegalalang) in Gianyar, Bali

  1. Stela

    The rice terrace was beautiful. I went in a rainy season and after harvest, so not so many tourists and I managed to enjoy the view. But I believe when its high season its going to be very hard to take a good picture or even cross the small paths with other tourists around.
    The donation posts can be quite agressive in demanding the donation. But its not mendatory, so make a story, that you dont have cash or something and continue on your way if you are not willing to donate of course.

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Yup, Tegalalang rice terrace so crowded in the high season.
      You need to queue to cross the small paths with other visitor.
      Glad to know that you enjoyed visited it on the low season.

      Well, it’s a donation.
      It’s not a mandatory off course.
      But, sometime they force us to pay or give a donation.

  2. Polina

    Same beautiful as in Jawa island but available not far from city, close to resorts and civilization. Look as a remote village where you can get lost. It’s hot when sky is clear but there are lots of cafe in shadow with stunning view to the rice terrace

    1. kunzbali Post author

      I agree it is same as Java island. Java and Bali produce a lot of rice compare to other island in Indonesia.
      Tegalalang rice terrace is not far away from Ubud. It will take 20 minutes by scooter or car.

  3. Tata

    If you are planning a trip to Bali then visiting these rice terraces should be on your list. These are the largest and most beautiful terraces in Bali

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Well, i’m not sure that Tegalalang rice terrace is the largest rice terrace in Bali.
      I saw in Karangasem & Tabanan are larger than Tegalalang.
      Maybe Tegalalang rice terrace is the most beautiful.

  4. Keiko

    I went there beginning of April 2018. The landscape was amazing. It was very beautiful and vivid green since it was after the planting.
    Normally I was familiar with the rice field since I grew up in a country side of Japan but I’ve never seen that steeped terraces. Those were amazingly beautiful but they don’t look very efficient . I was curious why people chose those tiny spaces for growing rice. It requires a lot of water but at the same time too much water would easily destroy the shapes of the terrace and paths. The owners of those rice terraces definitely try hard to maintain the beauty so I felt that some donations would be reasonable.
    Also it would be a nice little hike when you walk around there.
    I strongly recommend this to everyone to visit. It’s worth it and you may enjoy the peaceful and beautiful time there.

    P.S. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on, the sun in Bali is quite strong;)

    2018年の4月初旬に訪れました。素晴らしい景色でとても美しく、田植えの後だったので棚田は鮮やかな緑色でした。
    日本の田舎育ちのため田んぼは馴染みある風景ですが、こんなに急な斜面にある棚田を見たのは初めてです。
    驚くほど美しかったんですが、かなり効率が悪そうにも見えましたw
    お米を育てるには沢山の水が要るけれど、多過ぎる水は棚田や小道をいとも簡単に崩してしまうではないかと。
    なんで皆さん、こんな狭いスペースでお米を育てることを選んだのかということを考えました。
    この棚田のオーナーさん達がこの美しさを維持する為に尽力しているのだとすると、多少の寄付は妥当だろうなとも感じました。
    この棚田の周りを歩いて回ることはちょうど良いハイキングにもなります。
    どんな人にもここを訪れることを自信を持ってオススメします。穏やかで美しい時間を満喫出来る価値ある場所です。

    P.S. バリの日差しはかなり強いので日焼け止めを塗るのをお忘れなく;)

    1. kunzbali Post author

      Hi Keiko,

      Thank you for share your point of view about rice field in Tegalalang compare to Japan.
      Well, i think the local farmer are the efficient people.
      They reformed the useless land to be productive land.
      As you need to know, the name of Tegalalang consist of two words,
      Tegal and Alang.
      Tegal means garden or useless land and Alang is bladygrass or satintail grass.
      I assumed that tiny space was full of bladygrass or satintail grass before.
      Then the local farmer reformed the land into multilevel terrace.
      So, it will be possible to growing the rice.
      In fact it more than just rice terrace,
      it’s amazing beautiful rice terrace.

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