Jul 21, 2019
If you enjoy hiking, landscape photography, green fields, fresh air, Jatiluwih rice terraces are certainly a must, for a daily trip in Bali.
It’s, roughly, a one and a half hour ride, from South Denpasar (maybe a bit less, if going on motorbike).
Remember to bring some warm clothing, as they’re 700 metres above sea level and the difference in temperature is quite noticeable.
They are becoming quite touristic, with a fee that must be payed on the main access road and increasing prices on accommodation and food. On the other hand, the trails are clean (and clearly identified) and there are options for different levels of stamina. With a little research you can even avoid most hiking (if, like me, you are carrying heavy equipment, or are just lazy) and access the most interesting points by motorbike.
Jatiluwih rice terraces are far bigger and more impressive than other, more popular ones (like Tegalalang) – and not yet so crowded with touters and souvenir shops, though it’s very likely to change, shortly.
The daily trip can be combined with Yeh Ho waterfalls – not so impressive, but still interesting and refreshing, after a few hours walking along the rice paddies. Or Pura (temple) Luhur Batukaru, for an introspective insight of the Balinese spirituality.
If you’re more about mass tourism, it can also integrate a daily trip to Beratan, though it can be a bit strenuous, for some.