The Tegalalang rice terraces in Bali Indonesia are located 15km outside of Ubud. The journey takes around 30 minutes by vehicle and there are numerous buses and tours you can sign up to. Set below the village, the terraces have various walkways on different levels that takes you through a jungle backdrop. There is no entrance fee but plenty of touts trying to sell the normal array of rubbish.
The pathways in certain areas are steep so bare this in mind if not very mobile. Some of the paths are in disrepair so be careful on some of the steeper inclines. You will come across a few gates asking for donations that are allegedly for the upkeep of the terraces. Ensure you have some very small coins (of any currency)as this is just a scam. You have been warned.
Being a tourist destination you will be offered pictures, postcards, and anything else that’s sell-able. Give them all a miss and save your money for a cold Bintang once out of dodge. The scenery is stunning so remember the camera as it’s a beautiful setting. Try to get there before midday as the temperature can get very hot, especially if you’re heading to the top levels.
Remember your water as to reach the opposite side and back to the top will take a good hour or two. The views back across to the small building where you entered make for some very photo’s, so make sure your gear is fully charged. There are numerous shots that will keep up your interest as you make your way around.
Onward travel from Tegalalang rice terraces
We had a shared taxi with a couple and had toured around Ubud, Mount Batur, The Luwak coffee farm, and finally Tegalalang. Getting through Denpasar takes a good hour because of traffic from Kuta beach. Set off early around 8am and you should hit monkey forest in Ubud by 1630.
Other desinations in Bali are Kuta Beach, Sanur, Nusa Dua, and if you fancy a boat ride a trip across to Nusa Lembongan.
Remember to have appropriate travel insurance to cover all eventualities on your travels. We use World Nomads insurance for all our adventures.
Happy Travels on your Global Gallivants!