Guide to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali, Indonesia

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are among the most beautiful in Bali, Indonesia. It is a spectacular landscape to see once in a lifetime! The rice fields of Jatiluwih in Bali are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Let’s see how to visit the wonderful Jatiluwih rice terraces.

  1. How to get there ๐Ÿš—
  2. What to do there ๐Ÿ“
  3. How long to plan โŒš๏ธ
  4. Where to eat?
  5. Where to stay near the rice fields ๐Ÿ›๏ธ
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Unesco World Site Heritage

The Unesco World Heritage protects the rural landscape of Bali and the Subak, of which the rice fields of Jatiluwih are a part. The Subak represents the equal sharing of nature’s resources among all inhabitants. We talk mainly about the water resource because the water of a rice field is used for the following rice field, then for a temple. Nothing is wasted! This optimized use allows rice farmers in Bali to be the most productive in the country.

Rice Farmers and Subak in Jatiluwih, Bali

1. How to get to Jatiluwih

The rice terraces of Jatiluwih are located on the sides of the Batukaru volcano. Mount Batukaru is the second-highest peak in Bali, after Mount Agung. The third one is Mount Batur, where you can hike at sunrise.

Paid area. Access to the tourist area of the rice terraces of Jatiluwih is paid. On the road, before arriving, it will be necessary to pay a small contribution to maintain the state of the rice fields.

Schedule. It is an unrestricted space, so there are no timetables. It is always accessible. However, the activities and restaurants on-site will not always be open. It is necessary to visit the rice fields of Jatiluwih between 09 a.m. and 5 p.m.

From the south of the island, Kuta, Nusa Dua. It’s the same wherever you stay in South Bali, whether Nusa Dua, Seminyak, Kuta, Canggu, or even Sanur. By car, it takes between 1 and 2 hours. Doing this on a scooter is possible if you are very comfortable, but it will be a long and tiring journey.

From Ubud. It takes 1 hour by car to reach the rice terraces of Jatiluwih. A scooter trip is also possible, but it is a long and tiring journey.

Taxi.ย You can easily find a taxi to go there with Grab or Gojek. The problem will be on the way back. Like many tourist areas, pick-ups in the Jatiluwih rice fields are prohibited. Therefore, you will have difficulty finding a driver on the way back. The easiest way is to order a driver for the day in advance:ย see availability here.

Organized tour. The most convenient is an organized tour that picks you up at the hotel, takes you to the rice fields, and then brings you back. If you take a private driver, you can even more easily arrange the tour. Day tours allow you to visit the north of the island, for example, this one, which passes through the Unesco sites.

2. What to do in the rice fields of Jatiluwih?

If you like to walk or hike in rice fields, you will love the rice terraces of Jatiluwih. You can walk, short or long, or rent a bike on-site.

Seasonality. Rice grows all year round in Bali. In the rice terraces of Tegallalang, rice is harvested 3 times a year. It also means you can find rice paddies in different stages of development. You can see them full of water with tiny shoots, growing bright green or freshly cut. It is impossible to know the state of the rice fields in advance. Watching recent Instagram stories is the best way to see the maturation stage before going.

Walk. You can walk through the rice fields. The path is marked and clean and suitable for everyone, including children who visit the Jatiluwih rice terraces with their families. There are five routes of different lengths. The shortest is 1.8km or 45 minutes, and the longest lasts more than 3 hours.

By bike.ย A marked route is possible to do by bike. You can rent a bike on-site at the start of the road. The trail is just under 5km. Be careful because you will be in the middle of rice terraces. Therefore, there will be several climbs and descents. You can also book an electric bike to facilitate the rise (see prices here).

Sun. The rice terraces of Jatiluwih are very exposed to the sun. Remember to take something to protect you from the sun and water!

A private company manages an “official” Jatiluwih website.

3. How long does it take to visit Jatiluwih rice fields

It takes at least 1.5 hours to visit the rice fields of Jatiluwih. It is the minimum time necessary to make the shortest walk in the heart of the rice fields and to stop from time to time to admire the landscape.

The magnificent rice terraces of Jatiluwih can also be contemplated endlessly, and you can stay there for 3 or 4 hours without being bored.

Bali landscape

4. Where to eat in Jatiluwih

Several cafes and restaurants on the road run along the rice fields. These places have a magnificent view of the rice fields.

In the middle of the rice fields. There is a cafรฉ-restaurant in the heart of the rice fields! It is ideal for taking a break while having the most beautiful, peaceful view. It can get full quickly because there is little space. See The Rustic Bali on Google Maps.

view from The Rustic Bali in Jatiluwih, Bali

4. Where to stay near the rice fields of Jatiluwih

You can choose to stay at Jatiluwih to make the most of the rice terraces. Several accommodations allow you to stay on-site and enjoy a splendid view.

  • Yeh Baat.ย This accommodation is located in the middle of nature yet close to the village and hiking trails. It is an ideal place for a couple to stay in Jatiluwih.
  • Magical Breeze Cabin. A country house in A is in the heart of the rice fields with a magnificent mountain view. Particularly suitable for staying in Jatiluwih as a family with children.
  • Padi Bali Jatiluwih. 3 cottages in a remote area, therefore, in total calm. A waterfall is nearby!

You can also visit the Jatiluwih rice fields from Ubud or the South of the island with a guide: read our tips for choosing the perfect accommodation in Bali.

Mount Batukaru, Jatiluwih

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are among the most beautiful rice fields in Bali, and are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is an essential visit to do during a stay in Bali. Also, remember to take advantage of our TOP 25 places to visit in Bali.

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