Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are a great alternative to Teglalalang, that give you a real local Indonesian experience. Here’s all the info you need for visiting.
The journey up to Jatiluwih from the southern areas such as Kuta and Denpasar takes approximately 2 hours.
We always choose to rent scooters, which start at around 50,000 IDR per day, and explore ourselves.
However be sure to read up on our renting a scooter in Bali guide beforehand!
If you’re looking for somewhere to rent scooters from you can book a Bali Scooter or Motorbike Rental with Delivery.
Another option is to hire a Bali Private Car or Minibus Charter With Driver, which is pretty popular for day trips around Bali, and they start at around 500,000 IDR per day (8 hours).
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Tourists: 40,000 IDR per person.
Indonesian citizen: 15,000 IDR per person.
Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 6pm.
The best time to visit Bali is between April and October, the island’s dry season.
We visited Jatiluwih Rice Terraces at the beginning of January, when the rice had only just been re-planted, and the grounds were mainly brown with no signs of rice in the fields.
However, as you can see by the photos, the surroundings were still ridiculously green and made for a beautiful walk.
Many people prefer these rice terraces to those at Tegalalang Rice Terrace, as there are way less crowds, and Jatiluwih gives off more of a peaceful feel.
The best time of day to visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is either really early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. Tourist buses will begin arriving at around 10:00am, so be sure to arrive before them.
If you’re looking to cram as much as possible into one day of exploring, then we recommend the Bali UNESCO Sites Private Full-Day Tour.
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The word Jati in Bahasa Indonesian translates to ‘real’, and the word Luwih to ‘beautiful’. So what you can expect at the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is something ‘real beautiful’.
The rice fields are scattered across an unimaginable area of 632 hectares, and have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2012.
The best times to visit Jatiluwih is between February and April. Here you will see the tall green and yellow rice plants in full swing.
However we visited in January, so we hit the terraces a little bit before the real ‘Jatiluwih Green Land’ season.
After paying an entrance fee, visitors are given a complimentary drink before being left alone to self guide yourself around the beautiful landscape, and the only place on earth that has 3 annual rice harvests!
Exploring The Fields
You can spend hours getting lost in the fields. However, if you’re looking for a short trek, we recommend the red route.
This takes roughly 45 minutes, and is a fairly easy walk through the fields and so achievable for any level of fitness.
As you walk around the rice fields you can also expect a much cooler atmosphere compared to most of mainland Bali, as Jatiluwih stands at 700 metres above sea level.
If looking for some excitement, there is a typical Bali swing available to try for a fee. Which could make for some beautiful photos.
There’s also a small restaurant and gift shop at the entrance, where you can buy many different types of rice. Although the locals do not hound you for donations, so you can fully relax and enjoy the surroundings.
The atmosphere at Jatiluwih is generally more laidback, and less crowded, than most of the tourist spots on the island. Plus there are solid pathways, making it easy to walk around.
Overall, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are breathtaking and the scenery you definitely will not forget. So be sure to add this to your Bali itinerary!
Where To Stay In Ubud
Alaya Resort is located in the heart of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali.
The resort is set amidst the rice fields, offering an outdoor pool and a fitness centre.
Guests enjoy free daily afternoon tea and tropical fruits.
The contemporary Balinese-style rooms all come with a flat-screen TV and a private terrace overlooking the natural greenery.
The private bathrooms, decorated in artworks, provide complete facilities.
Alaya Resort Ubud is just 200 metres away from the Monkey Forest and 700 metres away from Ubud Market.
Featuring 2 landscaped pools and a restaurant, Pertiwi Bisma 2 offers guests a memorable stay, a 5-minute drive from Ubud Monkey Forest.
Free WiFi is available in all areas, and also free shuttles to Ubud Market.
Rooms in Pertiwi Bisma 2 come with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, an electric kettle and a coffee/tea maker.
Nestled within tropical gardens, they all come with a private terrace. Complimentary bottled water is provided.
Balinese dance classes, trekking and hiking activities are also available.
Nestled amongst lush garden, Sila Urip Guest House is located in the tranquil part of Ubud.
Each room here will provide you with a terrace and a seating area, where you can enjoy garden view from each room.
Featuring a shower and private bathroom, rooms also come with free toiletries. Guests can also order room service.
At Sila Urip Guest House you will find a garden and a terrace. The friendly staff can assist with bike hire, shuttle service and airport transfer at additional charges.
For more places to stay in Ubud, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.