The Jatiluwih rice terraces in north Bali are the greenest shade of green you’ll ever see, which has given this place the nickname ‘Jatiluwih green land.’
These are some of our favorite rice fields for trekking in Bali, and they’re pretty easy to visit on a day trip from almost any corner of the island.
This is a unique and mesmerizing green landscape that any traveler or photographer should have on their bucket list.This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!
Where To Stay
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces
Jatiluwih has a nice new paved walking path that winds its way through the rice fields. You can explore it on foot or by bicycle.
Palm trees and endless waves of green stretch out in all directions, and this is still one place in Bali where farmers may outnumber tourists.
Photographers and drone pilots will be in heaven here — you’ll get some great views of the Bali volcanoes in the distance, and the fields seem like they stretch out into infinity.
The concrete path is wide and flat for the most part, but do be careful if you decide to walk off the path into the rice terraces, because Bali snakes sometimes like to hide in rice fields.
Along the way, you’ll most likely meet tourists from all around the world, but it’s never very crowded. These rice terraces are further from town so they haven’t really been spoiled by tourism yet like the ones at Tegalalang!
How Long To Stay
You can easily spend several hours (or days) at Jatiluwih green land, but the best highlights can be seen in an hour or less.
The full length of the walking paths is several kilometers, but you can turn back or take a shortcut out at any time.
Jatiluwih Entrance Fee
The Jatiluwih entrance fee is 40k Rupiah (~$3 USD) as of 2020.
On my latest visit, I discovered there’s also a new fee of 150k ($10) for flying a drone at Jatiluwih. This is kind of absurd and extortionate by Indonesian standards, because that’s more than a full day’s salary here.
Still, the drone fee is easy to avoid because of how big the rice fields are. Just find a quiet spot somewhere in the fields and you can easily fly to your heart’s content.
How To Get There
The Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in the Tabanan regency, in north/central Bali.
The drive takes about 1.5 hours from Ubud, Canggu, Sanur, or the other popular tourist areas in south Bali.
The best way to get there is to rent a scooter or hire a private car and driver (both of these can be booked online).
Best Jatiluwih Green Land Tour
Klook has a private day tour to Jatiluwih rice terraces and central Bali for 650k Rupiah (~$46 USD) and it also includes famous sights like Tanah Lot and the Ulun Danu Bratan lake temple.
We’ve used Klook for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they’re great! This is a pretty competitive price for covering all of these Bali sights in one day.
Best Time To Visit Jatiluwih
The rice fields at Jatiluwih go through a cycle of 3 stages — planting, pre-harvest, and post-harvest — and each phase looks different.
The greenest months are when it’s ready for harvest (e.g. October and March). After harvest, the fields will be brown and empty (like the pic above), but they’re still worth seeing.
The fields are also looking good when the rice is newly planted and growing, and the terraces are filled with water. This can be seen in September or February, for example.
Long story short: Jatiluwih is nice at any time of year, but if you want to see it at its very best, then go right before harvest when the fields are full and green!
There are several small waterfalls in the same area as Jatiluwih, so it’s easy to combine one of these with a visit to the rice terraces.
The most popular Jatiluwih waterfall is the Yeh Hoo Waterfall, which has a nice 5 meter cascade surrounded by jungle scenery.
You have to walk down some steep stairs to get to the waterfall, but it’s not too difficult and you can reach the waterfall in about 15 minutes.
Jatiluwih Hotel Accommodation
If you want to stay longer at Jatiluwih, there is also some hotel accommodation near the rice terraces.
Two of the best rated places to stay at Jatiluwih are Yeh Baat Hotel and Bhuana Agung Villa and Restaurant.
Both of these hotels are located right by Jatiluwih, and the rooms have nice views of the rice terraces.
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