Perhaps one of Bali’s most iconic places, and most seen on social media, are the stunning rice fields of Bali. You don’t have to go far, it seems the rice fields are simply everywhere, but some are more stunning then others. If you are looking for the most beautiful rice fields in Bali, don’t look further, you have found them. The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of the must things to do in Ubud, perhaps even in Bali, and trust me you won’t be disappointed. While I had seen hundreds of photos of the rice terraces pass by on Instagram, none managed to capture the true beauty and immensity of the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. And to make it a bit easier for you we have written a complete guide to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces for you!
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How to get to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace from Ubud
If you are planning your travels to Bali you might realise by now that getting around Bali is not always easy. With a lack of public transportation there are really only two options in Bali: hire a driver, or renting a scooter. The drive from Ubud will take roughly half an hour, depending on traffic of course. We discuss the pro’s and con’s of each option, plus expected cost, a bit below:
Hire a driver: Renting a taxi for half or a whole day is fairly normal in Bali, and it is a great way to see multiple sights at once without worrying about transportation. You can book them a day in advance at some of the agencies you will find on the streets of Ubud, or often your hotel or guesthouse will also be able to assist you further. However, if you prefer to plan everything in advance you might want to look into online services like Klook where you will be able the book tours and drivers with the click of a button! This way you will be able to know the cost upfront, and read the reviews to find the perfect tour for you.
Expected cost: renting a taxi goes per taxi, not per person in Bali. For a half day tour expect to pay 350K IDR and a whole day tour roughly 600K, this is excluding the entry fees.
Rent a scooter or motorbike. Now if you prefer to have a bit more freedom in your own schedule and are not afraid to drive a motorbike through the hustle and bustle of Bali, then renting a motorbike is the best option to you. Renting a motorbike or scooter in Bali is very common and you will find many other tourist and travellers on motorbikes. Rules here will probably differ largely from the rules you are familiar with back home, so be careful, and oh… be sure to wear a helmet as this is mandatory.
Expected cost: the price of renting a motorbike depends on the amount of cc’s and days of renting. For example, we rented a 150cc motorbike for 4 weeks and paid 55K IDR per day.
Sights near the Tegalalang Rice Terrace
When you are visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace you might want to consider adding other sight nearby to your Bali itinerary, just so you can make the most of your time in Ubud. Here are some of our favourite sights that you will find near the Tegalalang Rice Terrace:
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace
You might not spot the rice terraces straight away, as they are tucked behind the many restaurants and cafes on the edge of the rice terraces. But once you cross them, you will be in awe. Entering the rice terraces can often easily be done by going through one of the cafes, and a 10K IDR entry fee will often be required. From here you can follow the steps down and walk along the paths leading you further into the rice fields. Be careful though, the paths can be quite slippery!
Make your way down to find a bridge to the other side or to get away from the tourist masses. The earlier you arrive, the less people you will see, when we got there at 6.30am there was no other soul in sight. Along the paths you will find donation boxes to contribute to maintaining the paths through the rice fields, you are free to leave some money, but it is not mandatory. Just walk around and simply enjoy the peace and quiet, and when you are done, head up to the cafes for a delicious breakfast with a view! The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are one of those things you cannot leave of your Bali Bucket list…
Tips for visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace
So now there is all there is to know about the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, we thought it would be easiest for you to compile a small list of things you must know before going to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces!
- The best time to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terraces is early, right at sunrise, to avoid the crowds and have the majority of the rice fields to yourself.
- Be respectful, the rice fields are not there just for a show, farmers own the land and make a living of this, so be sure not to damage anything.
- Be careful at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces, the steps down and up can become quiet slippery, especially if it has rained the night before.
- There are no opening hours for the Tegalalang Rice Terraces while some of the cafe gates might be closed there are still stairs down that you can take.
- Bring water if you are planning on walking up and down the rice fields, it can get warm here.
Where to stay in Ubud
With Ubud being one of the main touristic hotspots of Bali there is no shortage on accommodation. You can find budget hostels and homestays, and many luxury resorts. It all depends on your travel budget for Bali. Accommodation ranges from a couple of dollars, to hundreds of dollars per night.
Puri Garden Hostel – If you are traveling solo and would like to meet some people, be sure to check out Puri Garden Hostel. Puri Garden Hostel is located centrally, has a beautiful pool, does daily yoga glasses and in general is a great place to meet fellow travellers. However, it isn’t the most affordable place to stay at, if you are looking for something a bit more budget check out all hostels in Ubud here to find the perfect accommodation for you.
Kapu Kapu Ubud – During our last visit to Ubud we stayed at a lovely guesthouse located roughly 10 min outside of Ubud. The guesthouse overlooked rice fields and palm trees and is owned by the kindest family, in the most tranquil neighbourhood. You will need a scooter to get here as it is a bit out of the centre, but it is a great option for travellers for prefer to have privacy or couples that are traveling on a budget, like we are.
Looking for something a bit more central? Or perhaps something a bit more luxurious? Check out the map below to find the perfect place in Ubud for you!
While the Tegalalang Rice Terraces are stunning, and truly one of Bali’s most beautiful natural sights, the adventure doesn’t have to end there. Ubud has so much more to offer, and if you have some time left on your itinerary we would highly recommend checking out these places:
- Campuhan Ridge Walk
- Sari Organik Walk
- Tukad Cepung Waterfall
- Penestanan Rice Field Walk
- Tibumana Waterfall
- Ubud Art Market
And there you have it, everything you need to know about visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terraces! Any questions left about visiting Bali’s most beautiful rice fields? Be sure to ask them in the comments down below.