Also known as “Ubud Rice Fields”, Tegalalang Rice Terrace is located north of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. It has been cited as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & opens 7 days a week from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There is an entrance fee, possibly IDR15,000 (Aug 2020). The best times to visit is probably in the morning or after 5:00 pm when there are the least number of tourists & when it’s not so hot. Also, if you want to see the rice terrace at their greenest, consider going in the months of March & October as that’s when the paddy is about to harvest.
The traditional irrigation system is still being used right up to present day. According to history, it was started in the 8th century. The water comes from surrounding rivers & mountains. Farmers had built water canals to allow the water to flow from 1 field to the other. The pathway along the rice terrace is also very narrow.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is located 600 metres above sea level. Thus, some might consider the average air temperature of 24 degrees Celsius in the day to be far from comfortable.
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