The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are one of the main highlights of your trip to Bali. The rice terraces are located in a valley, making it a magical place to simply wander around and take photos. For the ultimate experience it is recommended to visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces at sunrise. Imagine the sun coming through the palm trees whilst the mist clearing, the sound of birds chirping and farmers starting their day. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are located 20-minutes north from Ubud and are a must on everyone’s Ubud itinerary.
How to get to Tegallalang Rice Terraces
From Ubud it is just a 20-minute bike ride to the Ceking Parking Center at Tegallalang Rice Terraces. There are many other highlights in this area that you can visit afterwards, such as Pura Tirta Empul. In addition there are many waterfalls around Ubud that you can combine into a day trip as well. Check out The Perfect 3-Day Ubud Itinerary to see what else you can do in this beautiful area.
From Canggu it takes about 1.5-2 hours by motorbike or car to get reach Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
Once you arrive at the Ceking Parking Center it is a short walk to enter the rice terraces. The entrance of the rice terraces is on the side of the road alongside many cafes overlooking the rice terraces. First you will have to go down into the valley before going up to reach the epicenter of the rice terraces.
Best time to visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces are very popular and one of the main highlights in Bali. Tegallalang is a magical place, particularly at sunrise. Imagine the sun coming through the palm trees whilst the mist clearing, the sound of birds chirping and farmers starting their day. If you can not make it at sunrise, it is recommended to visit the rice terraces before 10AM to avoid the crowds.
Tegallalang can be visited year-round and is beautiful in all conditions – rice or no rice. The dry season is July-September and during these months the conditions to visit the rice terraces are optimal. During the wet season it can get muddy at times, but that should not stop you from visiting Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
Entrance Tegallalang Rice Terraces
You will not encounter an official ticket office to enter the rice terraces. However, you can run into farmers asking for a small donation, usually around 10.000 IDR (€0,70 EUR). Some farmers ask for bigger entrance fees to their rice fields, and these are usually popular viewpoints that can not be visited without going beyond a fence.
What to do at Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Tegallalang Rice Terraces is a magical place to simply wander around. The valleys offer stunning viewpoints and it feels as if you are secluded in nature. However, due to its popularity there are more and more attractions to be found at the rice terraces. For example, some of the famous swings or photo signs.
Famous sunrise photo spot at Tegallalang Rice Terraces
It can not be stressed enough how an early sunrise visit to the rice terraces is the best thing you can do. At sunrise, the rice fields are at its best making it an extra special place to visit. There is a popular spot to watch the sunrise, although it is still very secluded as it can be hard to find. The photo below is taken at this very spot, so if this is what you are looking for then keep reading!
Below you can find a map of the how to get to the viewpoint. Make sure to enter the rice terraces on the south part of the rice terraces. Head down into the valley until you find a bridge. From here you will go back up again to reach the paddy fields. There is a platform at the top and you need to make sure to get to the right side of it. Keep on walking to the backside where you can no longer see the roads. Then you can not miss the famous viewpoint at the rice terrace of Wayan.
You might be thinking: who is Wayan? Wayan is the owner of this magical viewpoint and you can only enter his rice fields if you pay him 50.000 IDR (€3,25 EUR). Yes, this is relatively expensive but still very much worth it. Besides this, Wayan is a friendly guy and is very eager to get to know you. He also has two cats who are named Christina Aguilera and Mario, which I thought was quite funny.
There are popping up more and more attractions at Tegallalang Rice Terraces. One of the most popular attractions in Bali are the Bali Swings, and there are quite a few here too. You will find them on the road side or hidden away in the valley. Due to its popularity prices vary from 100.000 to 200.000 IDR per ride.
Personally, I think the swings take away the natural beauty of the rice terraces and hence would not support these swings. However, if you really want to get the full Bali swing experience, you should consider visiting the Bali Swing or the Ubud Swing at Zen Hideaway.
Love Bali sign
Besides the swings there are also many photo signs at Tegallalang Rice Terraces, such as the famous Love Bali sign. The signs are all located on the street side of the valley, making it very hard to miss them. Prices range from 5.000 IDR (€0,30 EUR) to 20.000 IDR (€1,20 EUR) for taking a photo with the signs.
Where to stay near Tegallalang Rice Terraces?
Ubud is the perfect base for exploring Tegallalang Rice Terraces and surrounding area. There is a large variety of hotels and guesthouses available in Ubud. Decide for yourself if you want to stay in or near the centre or in a more remote location in the jungle. If you are looking for an accommodation at walking distance from all the sights and restaurants, then an accommodation at Jalan Bisma Street is a great option.
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