TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
– All Details to Know About Tegalalang Rice Terrace –
WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?
AWESOME RICE TERRACE
Truly beautiful rice terrace.
Some tropical trees make rich the view.
It’s located in the beautiful highland and on the natural valley.
Fresh air and the water also.
It’s show indonesian culture as based on the agriculture.
An appreciation of the making process & irrigation system.
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
WHAT IS TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?
Tegalalang rice terrace is a beautiful landscape….no words to say. Just visit the place.
DEEP RICE TERRACE
WHEN THE BEST TIME TO VISIT IT?
7.00 AM – 5.00 PM.
*) As recommended by Keiko, you need to bring sunblock or sun cream and put on your skin before explore the rice terrace.
April – October.
*) 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.
**) 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.
*) 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?
Village (Desa): Ceking
Sub-district (Kecamatan): Tegalalang
Regency (Kabupaten): Gianyar
Province (Provinsi): Bali
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:
*) If you drive a scooter you can just click the map above. It’s your driving guideline.
HOW TO GET TO TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE?
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
*) 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.
WHITE STONE ON FOOTPATH
*) 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.
A REAL OR FAKE FARMER?
*) 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. 😉
MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your smartphone.
*) Use a Telkomsel SIM card for relative better internet service compare to other operator.
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.
*) Free toilet on the cafe.
Some cafe and restaurant facing the rice terraces.
A CAFE ON TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
*) The price of the drinks in the cafe are ridiculous for a backpacker. Especially for local backpacker like me.
TEGALALANG POPULAR RICE TERRACE
*) 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.
*) 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
*) 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
*) You can see how young and green they are. You can see also the unhulled rice around the seedling.
VEGETATIVE PHASE (55 DAYS)
*) Vegetative phase is the longest phase of the rice plant. After the seedling till before the generative phase.
GENERATIVE PHASE: Reproduction (30 DAYS)
*) In this phase you can see the rice plant start produce the rice grain.
GENERATIVE PHASE: RIPE GRAIN PHASE (35 DAYS)
*) In this period, all rice plant turn into yellow.
*) 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.
TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE
*) Tegalalang rice terrace has amazing view. It’s different than other rice terrace since it has deep level from the top to bottom. Tegalalang rice terrace become popular since the location is not far from Ubud.
PROS AND CONS:
1. Awesome rice terraces.
2. Instagramable spot.
3. Near from Ubud.
4. Many good restaurant with awesome view.
1. Some visitor says it’s overrated price for a rice terraces.
2. Many little shops on outside with the same stuff/souvenirs.
3. Very hot and humid in the day time.
4. Slippery foot path after rain.
5. Many donation asked in the mid of rice terraces walk.
UPDATE STATUS OF TEGALALANG RICE TERRACES TODAY:
OPEN FOR ANY VISITOR/TOURIST
*) Since March 20th, 2020 Tegallalang rice terrace has been closed according to government command to avoid Corona spreads.
**) Since July 9th, 2020 Tegalalang rice terrace has been opened with applied New Normal protocol.
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. Lembah Bidadari (natural springs).
3. Manuaba waterfall.
4. Gunung Kawi Sebatu temple (Water temple).
5. Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring temple.
6. Tirta Empul temple (Water temple).
You can also check our recommended itinerary here: Day 1 itinerary.
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