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The ‘Island of Gods’ is a natural paradise: soaring volcanoes, dense jungles, beautiful rice fields, kaleidoscopic corals, and miles upon miles of black and white sand beaches. 

Bali is also a cultural haven. The Balinese have thrived as a distinctly different culture to the rest of Indonesia: largely Hindu, known for their easy-going, intelligent manner. Key to all Balinese life is the concept of ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a philosophy of harmony in three key tenets: harmony with nature, with other humans, and with god.

Bali’s lush, emerald rice terraces are not only scenically stunning but also an illustration of these harmonious principles. With an ingenious subak irrigation system honed over centuries, they are both highly functional, and aesthetically pleasing, working with nature to bring sustenance to the people and joy to gods. 

All of Bali’s rice terraces are protected under the UNESCO World Heritage scheme, owing to their ubiquity and their deep cultural ties to the Balinese. We’ve put together a list of our favorite rice terrace areas on the island below.

Flooded rice terraces in Jatiluwih Bali

Jatiluwih

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are the most famous in Bali. Spread over 600 hectares in Bali’s central heartlands, these majestic fields seemingly pan all the way to the horizon, capped by views of Mount Batukau and Mount Batur in the distance. 

Hikes and cycling tours of the fields are a terrific way to break journeys between the south coast or Ubud with points on the north, east, or west coast of Bali.

Tegalalang rice terraces Bali 2

Tegallalang

Tegallalang rice terraces are among the most picturesque, and – with their setting just north of Ubud – famous rice fields to visit in Bali. The terraces are particularly steep here, with forest encroaching on all sides, giving particularly dramatic views. 

Several small shops and cafes, some with highly Instagrammable-swings out over the fields – are set around the fields, demonstrating that the fields have become productive both for rice yield and for tourism.

Farmer working in Sidemen Bali

Sidemen

The gorgeous village of Sidemen in southeastern Karangasem regency is an up-and-coming destination, known for its fantastic hikes and majestic views. Its eastern setting combines well with trips through Amed, Candi Dasa, Besakih, and Mount Batur.  

A half-day hike through local villages and their intricately plotted rice fields is a highlight of any stay here, with several excellent hotel choices now making Sidemen well worth a night or two during your round-Bali tour.

Forest walk in Munduk Bali

Munduk

The villages of Munduk boast some of the most striking and truly Balinese scenery on all the island. Passing through here you’ll find steep hills, verdant forests, fast-running streams, and – of course – beautiful rice terraces.

A highlight of any stay in Munduk is a hike through fields and forests to the famous twin-chute Munduk waterfall. There are a couple of excellent hotels in the region, making this a fine, nature-driven contrast to busy Ubud.

Rice terraces in Karangasem Bali

Rendang

Rendang village’s rice terraces are located in East Bali, just over from Sidemen. With Sidemen’s popularity growing, day trips to Rendang offer a more pristine and peaceful experience and a slice of authentic rural Bali. 

The village is located close to Besakih, the biggest and possibly most famous temple in Bali. There is little accommodation in the area, so we recommend visiting as a day trip from Sidemen, Amed, or Candi Dasa.

Soka rice terraces Bali

Soka

The fields of Soka have some of the most stunning rice terraces in Bali. As you spill down the coast the landscape is flatter and the views wider: visit early in the morning to catch the best light across the fields and the beautiful, wild Soka beaches beyond. 

Set in southwestern Tabanan regency, Soka makes a good day trip from southern beaches Canggu, Kuta, or Seminyak, and is a good stopping off point on journeys out to the west. The majestic Tanah Lot temple is also nearby.

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