The 12 Best Rice Terraces, Bali: Where To See The Most Stunning Rice Terraces On The Island

If there’s one natural wonder that Bali is synonymous with it’s the rice terrace. Rice terraces are the agricultural heart of the island and they’re stunningly beautiful to look at too.

If you want a breathtaking view of these amazing landscapes, then you will want to visit one of the 12 places in our list below of the best rice terraces on the island.

12 Beautiful Rice Terraces In Bali For You To Enjoy

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Beautiful sunrise over the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in Bali, Indonesia
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This is one of the most important terraces in Bali and it’s part of the world-famous Subak system, which is a form of water management that is unique to Bali and has been in place for over 1,000 years!

It’s not as easy to get to as Tegallalang as the rice terraces are located in by a village deep in the Balinese countryside.

However, there’s no doubt that enduring the winding roads is worth it as you will get the best photographs in this area.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

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These terraces are easily accessible from Ubud and that makes them the most popular terraces in the land, even more so than the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces which are also part of the UNESCO award-winning Subak system.

It’s not far from a pair of other, less visited, fields (Pejeng and Camphuan) but people tend to prefer to come to Tegallalang thanks to the kiosks, cafes, etc. that throng the road in abundance.

Sidemen

Bali village in Sidemen district Bali, Indonesia
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We love Sidemen Village it’s like Ubud was before the tourists arrived and it’s a relatively unspoiled area.

It’s the perfect place to take a nature walk and you can head down into the valley and trek through the rice all day long.

Rendang

This village in East Bali is up in the mountains and the drive out through the local capital of Amlapura is gorgeous.

The countryside here is absolutely dominated by the terraces and the rivers that wind through them.

There are some lovely stone temples and local carvings that adorn the roadsides too.

Pererenan

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This farming village outside of Canggu has a huge number of rice fields and it’s very easy to get to if you’re in the same area as FINNS Beach Club.

We’d also note that it’s only a 20-minute drive from Tanah Lot Temple and it’s a great idea to combine the two into an awesome day out in Bali.

Pupuan or Belimbing

This village (which is known locally by two different names) is absolutely lovely and the local coffee, cocoa and clove plantations are also worth a visit when you’re in the area.

There are some amazing hidden waterfalls around this area which can add a lot of fun to a trip to the rice terrace.

Munduk Rice Fields

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On the West Bali Coast, you will find the Soka Rice Fields which are one of the few sets of rice fields here that are close to the beaches.

We recommend that you stop in the village of Antasori on the way and grab some awesome photos with Mount Batukaru Mountain Range in the background.

Pejeng Rice Fields

This is one of the less well-known places to go and the good news is that it’s completely free to walk among the local farmers and enjoy learning about their work.

However, it’s considered polite to leave a donation for a farmer if you feel that the trip was valuable to you.

Tirtta Gangga Rice Fields

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The fields near Tirtta Gangga, the water palace, are very flat and make for easy walking.

Abang Village

This area offers some of the most striking fields in Bali and it’s in an area that’s almost completely unexplored by tourists.

Penebel

Only an hour’s drive from Ubud these fields are truly lovely and you can stop in the nearby village to see Balinese artists at work too.

FAQs

Are There Rice Paddies In Bali?

Yes. In fact, Bali has many famous rice fields for you to visit. We’ve got twelve of the best Bali rice fields listed above.

What’s The Difference Between Rice Fields and Rice Paddies?

Nothing. Rice paddies are rice fields. The word “paddy” comes from the Malay word “padi” which means “rice”.

What Are The Famous Rice Terraces In Ubud?

The rice terraces of Tegallalang are the most famous in Ubud. These vast rice terraces are built on the Subak Irrigation System which is the only recipient of a UNESCO World Heritage Site award in Bali.

When To Visit Rice Fields In Bali?

The best time to see the rice fields in Bali is between April and November when they are at their absolute greenest and most beautiful.

However, you can visit these natural wonders all year round and not be disappointed as rice fields here are planted on a “succession” basis, which means they stay fairly green all the time.

The worst time to visit rice fields is just after the harvest as they tend to be at their most barren at that point.

What Is The Most Popular Rice Field In Bali?

The terraces at Tegalalang are the most popular, partly because they’re huge and partly because they’re very easy to get to if you’re visiting Ubud.

What Are The Rice Fields In Bali Called?

Rice fields here in Bali are called Rice paddies.

How To Book A Trip To See Bali Rice Terraces

Whether you want to see the rolling rice terraces of Tegallalang or other rice terraces in Bali, you should book through the wonderful people at the Bali Res Centre.

That’s a locally owned and managed travel service that specializes in travel in Bali. They can always get you competitive deals for your tours, accommodation and flights. Day trips are a great way to see some of the rice fields of Bali.

When you use the Bali Res Centre for your holiday bookings, you’re directly supporting the local economy too!

Final Thoughts On Bali Rice Terraces

From West Bali to East Bali there are rice terraces everywhere on the island and they are some of the most splendid natural sights in the world.

You can also find palm trees, coffee plantations and much more surrounding the beautiful rice fields of Bali.

A trip to a rice terrace gives you the chance to connect with the Balinese people on the most basic of levels. It’s very much worth doing.

Of course, once you’re ready for something a bit more intense, we’ll be waiting to welcome you to FINNS, the best beach club in the world. A visit to Bali without a visit to FINNS is no visit at all.