Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Whenever you think of Bali, you think of Tegallalang Rice Terraces. For me, this was high up on the bucket list when coming to Bali, so you can imagine my reaction when I realised it was on the schedule. We woke up at the crack of dawn, jumped on the scooters and head out on the 1.5hr drive from our incredible Pasana Villas Resort, to Ubud where the Tegallalang Rice Terraces are based. This was the longest and most hectic scooter ride I had done. Coming from someone who has never in their life been on a scooter, let alone ridden one in a foreign country, with little to no road rules, was absolutely mental.
// Tegallalang Rice Fields – How To Get There \\
Coming into Ubud we made our way up the main street and kept heading North. Upon reaching your destination, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you’re not actually there. I kid you not, we literally stopped on the side of the road. On one side of the road you have a row of shops, the other side you’ll see the terraces. We dropped down a few flights of stairs when all of a sudden, they were there. Right in front of us, in all their glory. We were so lucky with this visit to The Rice Terraces. The rice was in full crop with just one or two days away from harvest, we had the entire terraces to ourselves. The only other people we saw were the guys who let us in. The sunrise was perfect, the atmosphere was incredible and everyone whipped out their cameras and began to shoot. It’s so inspiring being around so many creatives, all with the same visions but completely different ways of getting there.
We took scooters from Uluwatu to Ubud. This used up most of the fuel meaning a refuel was needed in Ubud. To fill up your standard scooter will set your back about 30000IDR ($30NZD, £15GBP) and you’ll find filling stations located pretty centrally. Note: to fill your bike, you’ll notice people stood on the side of the street with vodka bottles filled with fuel. They’re legit so don’t worry when filling up with them. To hire a scooter, your accomodation will most likely be able to sort that out for you or at least point you in the right direction.
// Things To Be Aware Of \\
To get into Tegallalang Rice Terraces expect to pay around 25000-50000IDR dependent on their mood. That’s something I’ve found since being in Bali, rules are never really abided. There’s no set price for things or entry to places. It really does depend on their mood on the day and unfortunately, where you’re from. To put the price into context, 50000IDR is around $5 Australian dollars, so about £2.50GBP. Yeah it’s pretty cheap.
A warning for when going to Tegallalang Rice Terraces, wear flip flops. Or at least wear shoes that you don’t mind if they get destroyed. Here in Bali, we’re approaching rainy season so the day we went to to the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, the ground was pretty wet. The path ways are super narrow, so narrow in fact I think we had at least 3 people who slipped into the rice. Although pretty funny to watch people stack it, it can be pretty dangerous and also pretty costly. One guy on our trip actually lost his flip flops. So yeah, wear something you don’t mind losing or getting pretty filthy.
Also, before you go you must do your research. At the end of the day they are Rice Fields, meaning they harvest it. Research when it’s the best time to go because if they’ve just harvested it, there’s no point in going. For reference, we went on the 8th November 2018, which is just before rainy season and just before harvest. So any time towards the end of October or very early November is a good time to visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
// Bali Rice Fields – Are They Worth The Hype? \\
Do you want the long or short answer? Long? Good. Because it’s a blog post and I need to bulk it out. To start with, it’s not what I thought It was going to be. Obviously you have the typical set out of the rice fields which is pretty well known but the surrounding area is completely different. Firstly I thought it would be in a forest (which yes, I know Ubud is of rainforest terrain) but as I mentioned, it’s just on the side of the road. As you head into the Tegallalang Rice Terraces it becomes more of a dense forest environment but to begin with, it’s literally on the side of the road.
The pictures and content opportunity are endless, there is so much to see and considering it’s all just fields of rice, there is so much to look at and capture. Around every corner there’s something different, a different angle, a different way the light shines through the trees. Everything about the rice fields is so unique. If you’re an instagram lover, then you would’ve seen the famous pictures of people on a swing at the Rice Terraces Ubud, well they have that here as well. For around 100000IDR, you can take a swing and capture that epic shot.
So in short, yes. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are 100% worth it. The experience is incredible and for £2.50 you really can’t go wrong.
We had the best day down at Tegallalang Rice Terraces and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to see such a beautiful part of the world. If you’re coming to Bali, then please make time in your schedule to visit the Bali Rice Terraces. Once your morning of exploring is finished, head into Ubud for a spot of breakfast to recharge the batteries before making your journey back.
If you want to see some more of Bali, head over to my Instagram for all the shots!
| By Harrison |