Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Unesco site in Bali Guide 2024

Let’s explore one of Bali’s most serene and spectacular destinations – the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. This isn’t just a patch of green; it’s one of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Bali that perfectly captures the essence of picturesque rice and endless rice fields. Plus it isn’t one of those overcrowded tourist spots!

Quick questions about Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

What makes Jatiluwih so special?

Imagine a sprawling canvas of lush green, painted by generations of farmers using traditional methods. Recognized by UNESCO, these rice terraces represent an ancient irrigation system known as ‘subak,’ reflecting a culture that cherishes and preserves the natural world.

How much does it cost to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace?

Going to this green paradise is really budget-friendly. The entry cost is only about 40,000 IDR, which is close to 3 Euro + a small parking fee. This small amount opens the door to a peaceful and beautiful place. It’s a great deal for such a memorable experience. When you get there, a village guard will meet you on the road. The money you pay helps improve Jatiluwih. I’ve visited several times and have seen how things are getting better (roads, pavement, walking routes). This is so visitors can have an even better time there.

If you are planning to fly a drone, you would need to pay an additional IDR 150,000 (just under 10 Euro).

Why Choose Jatiluwih?

Jatiluwih family Picture
Me and the family!

Jatiluwih is like a huge, peaceful green rice field. It’s a place where you leave behind the busy city life. Instead, you find the calming sounds of nature. Every direction you look is like a picture from a postcard. It’s a treat for your eyes and a break for your mind. Also, you can see ‘Tri Hita Karana’ here. This is the balance between people, nature, and spirit. When you visit, you see a way of living that’s been around for a long time. It’s a way that respects nature and has worked well for many years.

How to get to Jatiluwih Rice Terrace?

Jatiluwih is near the center of Bali, but it’s accessible from several key locations:

  • Leaving from Denpasar: About a 2-hour drive
  • From Ubud: Roughly 1.5 hours by car
  • From Seminyak or Kuta: Expect a journey of approximately 2 hours

Traveling to Jatiluwih is its own adventure. The views along the way are as great as what you find when you get there. Whether you’re riding a scooter or driving a car, the trip is full of beautiful sights. You’ll pass through small, pretty villages, see temples, and other amazing views. This journey sets you up for the stunning beauty you’ll find in Jatiluwih.

here’s a map with several Departures (A from Airport or Seminak or Ubud):

The best time to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Visiting the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali is best between February and April. This is when the rice fields are at their most beautiful. The plants are tall and show off bright green and yellow colors. It’s a great time for taking photos and enjoying the view. The weather is also good for walking around and seeing the area.

If you want to see how rice is harvested, go in June or July. You can watch the local farmers as they gather the rice. This gives you a chance to learn about their way of life. But remember, it can be very hot in the middle of the day. So, it’s better to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon. This way, you can stay cool and have a nicer visit.

Jatiluwih vs other Rice terraces

Unlike more commercialized spots like Tegallalang, which is dotted with cafes and shops, Jatiluwih offers an unspoiled, natural setting. Tegallang has transformed most of their rice fields into places for tourists to sit and spend money and build it full with the known Bali Swings.

With panoramic views that offer 360 degrees of natural beauty, the terraces here are like living, breathing sculptures. In most weather conditions Jatiluwih is a nice sight where the shades of green differ. Besides that the hiking trails laid out are better than the other rice fields.

Planting Season

before planting season Jatiluwih
Before planting season

In Jatiluwih, the rice planting seasons bring a special change to the landscape. This happens around November and again in April. These times match with Bali’s wet seasons. During these months, the rice fields fill with water. They look like mirrors, reflecting the big sky of Bali. This is the start of an amazing process. The fields go from being full of water to growing bright green rice plants.

As time goes by, these green fields turn into a golden color. This means it’s time to harvest the rice. The way the Balinese water the fields, called ‘subak’, makes the landscape always changing. It’s like a painting that never stays the same. This cycle of nature is not just beautiful to see. It also brings a feeling of peace and wonder. It’s a real-life show of how nature works, always moving and changing.

Trekking at Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

hikinh trails jatiluwih

Jatiluwih is perfect for walking. You can choose from 4 paths. Some are short and easy, and others are longer for more adventure. These paths take you through beautiful green rice fields.

If you like relaxing walks, try the short ones. They last about 45 minutes although it says 1 hour. These paths are great for families and those who want a quick, easy stroll. As you walk, you’ll see stunning views. There are lots of spots to stop and take pictures.

hiking trail bridge jatiluwih

For those who love exploring, the longer paths are perfect. They take you deeper into Jatiluwih. You’ll walk among the rice fields and enjoy the quiet, natural beauty. These paths are peaceful and give you a closer look at the rice terraces.

TIP Before you start hiking make sure you have enough drinking water with you. You can buy some at the shops near the road.

walking through jatiluwih rice terrace

Cycling in jatiluwih

Besides walking, you can bike in Jatiluwih. Biking is fun and lets you see different parts of the terraces and village. It’s a good choice if you want to cover more ground. learn a bit more from the guide who will cycle with you.

Every walk or bike ride in Jatiluwih is special. The green fields are everywhere, and the views are always changing. It’s very peaceful and beautiful.

Tip: Also read about the eco cycling trip

farmers and bike trail jatiluwih

What do the visitors say about Jatiluwih

  • Peaceful and Real People who visit Jatiluwih love how peaceful it is. It’s not like busy tourist spots. Here, it’s quiet and real. You feel like you’re in a special place, away from crowds and noise.
  • Green and Calm Visitors often talk about the green rice fields. They say it’s very calming. Walking or sitting here, you can just relax and enjoy the quiet. Enjoy the break from busy life.
  • Less Shops, More Nature Jatiluwih is different from other tourist places. It doesn’t have lots of shops or big crowds. It’s more about nature. People who come here like that. They enjoy the natural beauty without lots of selling.
  • What People Love Visitors love the views. They also like walking and biking on the paths. Many say it’s a great place to take pictures. It’s a good spot to spend time with family or friends.
  • Some Challenges Some visitors say Jatiluwih can be hard to get to. They also wish there were more places to get food or drinks. But most people think the trip is worth it.
babi guling from jatiluwih
Babi Guling at Jatiluwih

Handy Tips

There are basic facilities to make your visit comfortable. There are clean restrooms and small shops. These are handy for quick needs or snacks.

For food, you’ll find small warungs (local eateries). They serve tasty, simple local Indonesian meals. It’s a good chance to try local dishes. The food is fresh and the prices are reasonable.

There are spots to sit and rest. Some are near the parking areas and along the trails. They’re great for taking a break and enjoying the views.

Best Times to Visit The best time to come is either in the morning or late afternoon. It’s cooler and less crowded then. You’ll enjoy the terraces more when it’s not too hot.

Getting Ready for Your Visit Wear comfortable shoes for walking. Bring water(!!), a hat, and sunscreen. If you plan to stay longer, a snack might be good too. Remember, it’s a natural area, so it’s best to be prepared.

Options for eating

Most of the food is local Indonesian food. If you are going to visit these places to eat, you still have to pay the 40k IDR entrance fee. Here’s a list of the most popular places to eat at Jatiluwih:

So is Jatiluwih worth visiting?

Lush green field from Jatiluwih

Let’s start with this: are you ok to travel 1.5-2 hours and pay about 40k IDR for entrance fee? Do you love nature and scenic beauty? then yes!

It’s not just a rice terrace; it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. This means it’s recognized worldwide for its beauty and culture. The green terraces show how people can work with nature in amazing ways. It’s a place of peace, natural beauty, and old farming traditions. Walking here, you’ll see landscapes like nowhere else. The ‘subak’ irrigation system is a wonder too. It shows smart and caring use of water. This makes Jatiluwih green, healthy, and a joy to see.

When you visit, remember to respect this beautiful place. It’s important to keep it clean and undisturbed. I am a fan of eco-tours so and this way, Jatiluwih stays lovely for everyone. We all can help by being good visitors. This means staying on paths, not littering, and being kind to the land and people. By visiting responsibly, we make sure Jatiluwih stays wonderful for many years.

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