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Of the many rice paddies that have come to define Bali, perhaps none are as famous and scenic as the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Just a short drive from central Ubud, the verdant paddies are impeccably maintained and draw hoards of tourists from around the world.
The Tegallalang Rice Terrace is less than an hour outside of Ubud, and best accessed by hiring a driver. At most, you should expect to pay 100,000 – 150,000 IDR. As a rule of thumb, you should avoid visiting the rice terraces at midday as the afternoon heat and crowds will obstruct your photos and make for an unpleasant experience.
Rather, aim to arrive at the rice terrace in the early morning when the temperatures are cooler and visitors are scarce. Visiting the Tegallalang Rice Terrace at dawn or dusk will also lend itself to better photos.
What to Expect
Upon arrival, you’ll encounter a crowded street with souvenir shops and restaurants that overlook the rice terraces. While it is free to go down into the rice paddies, local farmers will ask for a recommended donation of 5,ooo IDR per person to go further up into the rice terraces. This small donation is worth paying as it allows you access to the other side of the rice terrace, and ultimately goes to the locals who maintain this beautiful slice of nature.
Once in the rice terrace, expect to get sweaty! You’ll be climbing up and down the terrace along narrow, grassy paths, and may get muddy. While there are countless rice paddies surrounding Ubud, none are as beautiful (or indeed as popular) as the Tegallalang rice terraces.