Traditional Balinese Rice Terraces

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Before tourism, the island of Bali was largely an agricultural society with rice being the staple crop. Bali’s rice terraces, painstakingly etched into the landscape by generations of famers, have long been considered objects of great beauty. Two of the most famous sites to see rice being traditionally cultivated are Tegalalang and Jatiluwih.

Tegalalang just outside of Ubud is a scenic spot with rice terraces covering a natural valley fed by water from a shared irrigation system. This is a popular location to stop for a photograph and enjoy a fresh coconut water drink at a nearby café. Jatiluwih is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the volcanic slopes of Mount Batukaru, some 700 metres above sea level. It encompasses more than 600 hectares of productive rice terraces and lends itself to eco-tourism activities.