About Jatiluwih rice terraces
Jatiluwih is derived from two words. Jati means “real” and Luwih means “good” or “beautiful”. So even in the local language the name means this place is beautiful. When you drive the narrow, winding road to Jatiluwih, you’ll see the beautiful panoramas. This area is the only place in the world that has three annual rice harvests.
The Bali rice fields are famous for its terraced layout which is a traditional Balinese irrigation system known as Subak Irrigration system. This traditional water management dates back to the 9th century. Subak is also a social organization of Balinese people. This organization has managed to protect the nature in Jatiluwih and regulates the social life of the local people. Therefore, UNESCO has designated this place as an UNESCO World Heritage.
The cool air, beautiful views and the life of the farmers have attracted many tourists to visit this place. You can spend half a day or even a full day exploring the Jatiluwih rice terraces. There are many hiking paths and viewpoints. But even for a quick stop, it is worth it to put Jatiluwih rice fields on your Bali itinerary.
History about rice production in Indonesia
Rice production in Indonesia is a very important part of the national economy. It has been part of the Balinese culture for at least two thousand years. Indonesia is the third-largest producer of rice in the world and everywhere you go in Indonesia, rice fields shapes the landscape.
Before I continue to tell more about the Jatiluwih rice terraces, I want to share some background information and history about rice production in Indonesia.
The rice cycle is a process which takes in total 5 months. Just before planting the new rice, the fields have to be fertilised which is done by flooding them with water and cows or machines plowing the land.
The fields then look like reflecting mirrors and are ready for planting. This is done by hand over several days. The little seeds are reflecting in the silvery water and are ready to grow. This takes two months after planting the rice before they have grown taller into green rice and are ready to harvest. After harvesting, the stubble in the fields are burnt or flooded, so that the old rice stalks slowly decompose under the water and the ground is being prepared for the next rice.
What to expect at the Jatiluwih rice terraces
A visit to the Jatiluwih rice terraces in Bali is a perfect day trip. You can either combine it with the other things to do in the area, like exploring NungNung waterfall and Leke Leke waterfall. Or if you’re on your way to the Northern region of Bali this is a great stop.
You can explore the beautiful rice terraces of Jatiluwih Bali in different ways. You can overlook the rice terraces from the viewpoint if you are short in time. But if you have some hours left, you can hike through the rice fields to see more of the surroundings. You’ll get to explore different parts of the Bali rice terraces, jump over rivers, and even sit down for a nice lunch in the terraces. Moreover, there are beautiful mountains in the area, small villages to explore, and great local restaurants to eat at.
Jatiluwih rice terraces entrance fee
The entrance fee for Jatiluwih rice terrace is 40,000 IDR per person. Besides that you pay an extra 5,000 IDR for the car park.
How to get to the Jatiluwih rice terraces
Your options to get to the Jatiluwih rice terraces are driving there yourself, hiring a private driver, or taking one of the many Bali tour packages.
The ride from Ubud to Jatiluwih rice terraces takes about 80 minutes and from Canggu it takes about the same time. The entrance is easy to find and the road towards the rice fields is well maintained.
Best time to visit Jatiluwih rice terraces
If you are planning to visit Jatiluwih, the best time to get there is early in the morning. For the photographers a sunrise mission to the rice fields is really recommendable because later in the morning clouds may cover the mountains.
If you want to enjoy the rice fields in a peaceful way, you should arrive here around 8:00AM until 10:00AM because usually the area will be busier with tourists during lunch hours.
Afternoon time is not the best time to visit this place, because the fog starts to flow down covering the beautiful scenery of the rice field area.
In terms of the best season you should take into account that after harvesting, the rice fields in Bali look like mud pools. So you can better ask a local or check instagram stories on the Jatiluwih location to make sure that the rice fields are green!
Generally, the best season to visit and enjoy the natural scenery of Jatiluwih rice terraces at the most is throughout February to April. During these months the rice stalks are starting to grow and you will be able to witness the green-yellow carpets of rice terraces. During June – July (called Sasih Sada), you will be able to see farmers harvesting their crops on site. This results in mud pool in the month after which makes August the worst timing to visit.
Things to do around Jatiluwih rice terraces
After you’ve explored the Jatiluwih rice terraces it is time to continue your journey through Bali. Depending on the area you want to go next, here a few suggestions:
More Bali travel inspiration
We hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments! We are happy to help!
For more Bali travel guides and inspiration, read these blogs:
Bali best things to do
Best Bali waterfalls
Amazing viewpoints in Bali
Best sunset spots in Bali
Best sunrise spots in Bali