Tegalalang Rice Terraces
If your planing a trip to Bali, add Tegalalang Rice Terraces to your list.
The Tegalalang Rice terraces is probably one of the most popular tourist spots in Bali. I know for us, we kept talking about wanting to go there, especially after seeing so many photos of them. Regardless of knowing the actual name for them, you’ve probably scrolled through instagram and seen the beautiful green tiers, with the sun peering through the palm trees.
What are they are why are they so popular?
Tegalalang Rice Terraces is famous for its beautiful scenery of rice paddies. It’s clear that they have been so well maintained and that tourists are really respecting that. There are some sections closed off but the majority of the rice paddies can be walked around with so many points to take photos.
It’s perfect location just outside of Ubud, mean’s that it is easily accessible for tourists. There are so many angles to explore the paddies, but the most incredible and surreal photo has got to be from a birds eye view. It really put’s it into perspective of what it looks like and how stunning it really is.
Where are they and how do I get to them?
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is really close to Ubud, probably just a 20 minute scooter journey away. The roads are really good, especially compared to Nusa Penida, if you’ve been. So along as you can ride a scooter, you’ll be fine. We decided to leave really early to catch sunrise, so we arrived at around 7am.
Note; if you arrive early, there are no guards at the entrance and therefore you won’t have to pay the 15,000 entrance fee. Winning!
We simply parked up on the side of the road and made our way through. Be prepared for a lot of up and down steps and slopes!
How long do I need there?
To visit Tegalalang terrace, it isn’t really just a quick stop over. Even if you think you’ll just go for a peek, once your there you’ll be stuck. In a good way! We arrived at 7am and were there for a good 3 hours. We explored as much as we could and spent time capturing the beautiful place. Time definitely flew by! I’d give yourself a lot of time there because it really is a stunning place to explore. It’ not something you want to skip through.
What to take?
Make sure you take plenty of water and snacks with you. As we went early, the sun was only just rising so it was cooler in the morning. However, as soon as that sun is up, there is really no shade. Make sure you stay hydrated and wear plenty of suncream. We also stopped off at the mini mart and bought some snacks for breakfast.
Is it worth it
The Tegalalang rice terraces are 100% worth it. How can they not? For something so beautiful, easily accessible and close to Ubud, there really is no reason for you to visit. After spending a good 3 hours there, we can definitely vouch for that. It is something you should definitely not miss out on.
Where to stay
Ubud is bursting with accommodation and what is great about it, is that there is such a variety. Depending on your budget or what type of accommodation you want, there really is something for everyone. It is really suited to backpackers with budget hotels but also perfect for luxury holiday makers.
We stayed at Frangipani Bungalows and I couldn’t recommend our hotel enough really. It was just outside town which helped a lot with our budget, as we noticed the town was rather pricey. We had a large double room, breakfast included and surrounded by cheap yummy restaurants. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Ubud is generally just a stunning place to visit. With so many beautiful places to stay and good food, it has been one of our favourite places in Bali. There are also a lot of things to do within Ubud and the surrounding area, so it is the perfect place to chill but also keep you busy if that’s what you fancy!
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