Top 20 Rice Terraces in Bali

Bali’s rice fields are considered sacred, with many statues, temples and rituals dedicated to Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice and fertility. 

There’s no better way to become immersed in Balinese culture and traditions than a visit to Bali’s best rice terraces (often referred to as “rice fields” or “rice paddies”). Amongst the oldest and most picturesque in all of Asia, a visit to some of Bali’s most famous rice terraces, like Tegalalang and Jatiliwuh, is one of the best things to do in Bali

When choosing which rice terrace is best to visit, the main consideration is typicallyyour location. Whilst some of the rice terraces in this list are truly spectacular, it’s preferable to not have to drive many hours to get there! There are rice fields all over Bali, and it’s not usually difficult to find a popular rice field located near most major towns like Ubud and Canggu. Other factors to consider when deciding which rice field is best to visit include the type of visual landscape you most want to see, proximity to other landmarks, and any value-add experiences on offer like swings, markets or cafes

In terms of the best time to visit Bali’s rice terraces, they are typically at their lushest and greenest between April and November, but provide stunning scenes all year due to succession planting. 

Rice is a staple food in Bali and has been grown and cultivated here for more than two thousand years. Bali’s rice fields are considered sacred, with many statues, temples and rituals dedicated to Dewi Sri, the goddess of rice and fertility. 

Bali’s rice fields rely on the unique Subak irrigation system, which dates back to the 9th century and is World Heritage Listed by UNESCO. Subak allows water management, preserves biodiversity and reduces fertiliser and pesticide use, contributing positively to the environment while providing farmers access to good water without compromising quality or productivity. Subak is tied to Tri Hita Karana (literally: “three causes of wellbeing”), a Balinese philosophy which emphasises the connection between humans, agriculture and spirituality. 

The three best rice terraces in Bali are as follows.

1. Tegallalang: Tegallalang Rice Terrace in Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering incredible views of its visually delightfu shaped ricefields. Located 20 minutes north of Ubud in the Gianyar Regency, Tegallang is Bali's most famous rice terrace. Many visitors to Bali stop here to enjoy giant swings, photograph opportunities and ziplining, in addition to the amazing views. 

2. Jatiluwih: Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is Bali's largest rice field, covering 600 hectares on the slopes of the Batukara mountain range. The views are breathtaking, and the concrete pathways are ideal for families, who often choose to rent bicycles and ride their way through. Aerial photograph shots are available for a small fee. 

3. Sidemen: Sidemen Rice Rice Terraces, located about an hour's drive east of Bali, is a less touristy spot offering incredible views of rice terraces, which cascade across the slopes of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest mountain.  

For our full list and more information about Bali's best rice fields and terraces, read on below!


1. TEGALLALANG – Near Ubud, Central Bali

 Tegallalang Rice Terrace Ubud, Bali

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Bali's Most Famous Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terraces (aka Ceking Rice Terrace) is Bali’s most famous rice terrace and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about twenty minutes north of Ubud in the Gianyar Regency. Sometimes spelled "Tegalalang", the Tegallalang Rice Terraces offer amazing 360° hillside views, with rows of shaped emerald rice paddies which cascade down to create a stunning hanging garden effect. There are lots of permanent pathways and steps amongst the terraced rice fields, which make it easy to move around and allow space for the many visitors to Tegallalang.

The best time to visit Tegallalang Rice Terrace is at sunrise and sunset, when there are fewer crowds and the light creates a mesmerising scene as it shines through the palm trees. Take a seat at one of the many swings strategically placed near the roadside around the valley, or pay to have a go on the Giant Swing at a cost of 150k IDR (~$15 AUD), with entrance included. Just keep in mind that Tegallalang can be crowded, and some visitors have reported attempts to be charged multiple entrance fees. 

Recently, access to the most picturesque section of the terraces has become more challenging due to a destroyed bridge, but alternative routes exist. To get to the most Instagram-famous spot, we recommend walking from the Tegalalang swing complex (Uma Ceking), which costs 50k IDR (~$5 AUD).

Another option for fully enjoying Tegallalang Rice Terraces is to spend some time at Tis Cafe. Tis Cafe offers an infinity pool with breathtaking views of the terraces, and great food in drinks, making it easily one of Bali's best cafes. The cafe also offers a host of swings, which are a great way to take in the picturesque rice terraces from great heights. 

We recommend you bring some cash and small change for donations, and food and drinks. Parking is sometimes somewhat restricted due to the popularity of this attraction. 

Open: Daily 6am to 7pm

Cost: 15-25k IDR (~$1.5-2.5 AUD).

Location: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

2. JATILUWIH - Tabanan, West Bali

Bright green grass fields at Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Tabanan, Bali

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Most Beautiful Rice Terrace in Bali

Located about 1.5 to 2 hours west of Ubud, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is the largest rice field in Bali, and considered by many to be the most visually breathtaking as well. Stretching over 600 hectares across the slopes of the southern Batukara mountain range, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fantastic place to feel immersed in a serene ambiance as you explore the sweeping rice field vistas. It's a pleasure to walk around the undulating fields using the four dedicated (and colour-coded) concrete pathways, which take between 30 mins and 4.5 hours to cover. You can even cycle these trails by renting one of the bicycles at the entrance.

Jatiliuh is a great place to come with a family - there are plenty of restaurants nearby and the trails are even stroller accessible. For a truly unique experience, book a night’s stay at an accommodation amongst the rice fields and watch striking sunsets and fireflies light up the rice fields from your deck. It’s worth taking a scenic drive through Tabanan and stopping at the nearby five-metre Yeh Hoo Waterfall before leaving the region.

Tip for Visitors: For photography enthusiasts wishing to capture that perfect aerial shot of the sprawling green fields, it costs 150k IDR (~1.5) to fly a drone.

Open: Daily 8.30am to 6pm

Cost: Entrance costs 40k IDR ($~4 AUD). Parking is an additional 5k IDR (~$0.50 AUD). 

Location: Jalan Jatiluwih, Penebel, Tabanan, West Bali.


3. SIDEMEN – Karangasem, East Bali

Sidemen Rice Fields Karangasem, Bali

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Best Bali Rice Terraces for Hiking

Sidemen Rice Terraces are found roughly a 1.5-hour drive east of popular Balinese towns like Sanur, Kuta and Ubud. Whilst not as well known as Tegalalang and Jatiluwih, Sidemen Rice Fields are just as beautiful and peaceful. Relatively untouched, the rice fields cascade across the slopes of Mount Agung, Bali’s highest mountain, offering an authentic view of Balinese life. These rice fields are quite plain compared to others, but this is an advantage in terms of the peace and solitude you can enjoy as you walk the gentle track. The locals here are very friendly, and it’s lovely to watch the children play and connect with farmers working in their fields. 

Some visitors have trouble following the trail, which is not as well-defined as some of the more touristy  rice fields - there is a river crossing at one point so it’s important to visit this rice field when the weather is good. We recommend wearing walking boots as there can be snakes in this area and it becomes muddy when it rains. 

Beside the rice fields, the quaint village of Sidemen offers  refreshing waterfalls, spiritual temples, beautiful beaches and the local markets if you want to stay for a bit longer. Allow time to learn about tuak (palm toddy) and arak (palm wine) production and the intricate traditional hand-loomed songket and endek weavings that Sidemen is renowned for.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location: Sidemen Village, Jalan Semarapura-Karangasem, Karangasem, East Bali.  


4. BELIMBING - Tabanan, West Bali

Mountain overlooking landscape rice field with grooves in grass at Belimbing Rice Fields Tabanan, Bali

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Best Bali Rice Terraces for Untouched Beauty

The Belimbing Rice Terraces, also called Pupuan Rice Terraces, are found a 1.5-hour scenic drive west of Ubud beside Belimbing Village. Set against the backdrop of Mount Batukaru, the beautiful rice terraces are surrounded by colourful coffee, cacao, clove, and tropical fruit plantations. Belimbing is a pleasant escape from Bali’s hectic tourist areas, where you can soak in the serenity while exploring the rice fields on foot or by bicycle. There are many restaurants with beautiful views of the fields to pause for a drink or meal.

It’s worth venturing through the village to learn more about the local intricate wood carvings and handicrafts from the artisans. Be aware that fog can blanket the valley and any views during the rainy season. Belimbing Rice Fields is very close to Pupuan Rice Terrace, and is also on the way to Jatiluwih Rice Terraces - so you might consider visiting multiple rice fields in one trip. 

Be sure to relax and sip a cup of the district’s renowned Robusta coffee before seeing nearby tropical forests, tranquil waterfalls, hidden streams and a temple with monkeys. 

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated.

Location: Belimbing Village is a short detour off the road to Jatiluwah in Tabanan, West Bali.


5. PEJENG - Tampaksiring, Central Bali

Pejeng Rice Terraces, Gianyar Regency, Bali

Best Rice Fields for Learning about Rice Farming

Lesser known to tourists, the Pejeng Rice Fields have been cultivated by Balinese farmers since the 9th century. Nestled in the Petanu River valley 30 minutes east of Ubud, Pejeng has  fewer crowds and is more popular with hikers. Departing historical Pejeng village, the trails traverse the rice paddies and their ancient Subak irrigation system, continuing alongside riverbanks and between tropical fruit plantations and forests. Along the way, you’ll pass quaint temples and villagers who’ll happily sell you their wares. It’s a magical way to see and connect with Balinese farmers, blacksmiths and artisans going about their daily lives. While in the area, don’t miss the bronze kettle drum, Moon of Pejeng, near Pura Penataran Sasih. It’s the world’s most significant bronze-age antiquity.

The trek in Pejeng provides a detailed look at the life of farmers, from working in the rice fields to cultivating and maintaining rice crops. Visitors can observe the entire rice production process, from planting to harvest. This agricultural focus sets it apart from some other terraced areas that may primarily showcase the scenic beauty of rice terraces without diving deep into farming practices.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location: Pejeng Village, Tampaksiring, Gianyar Regency, Central Bali.


6. TIRTA GANGGA – Karangasem, East Bali

Tirta Gangga Rice Fields Karangasem, Bali

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Best Rice Fields for Guided Tours

The serene Tirta Gangga Rice Fields are found two hours from Kuta in East Bali’s Karangasem Regency. These fields are not as steep as other areas, and visitors can easily walk, ride or take a guided tour through the hilly countryside. It’s the perfect way to see local farmers working, livestock grazing, and children playing in the beautiful vibrant green fields. Be sure to visit the famous nearby Tirta Gangga Water Palace for its architecture, stone carvings, ponds and ornamental gardens, or even take a refreshing dip in the holy spring-fed pools before or after joining one of the trails beside the Palace.

Tirta Gangga offers guided rice field tours that allow you to learn more about the rice cultivation process while exploring the area. These tours often include visits to cascading rice paddies, hillside treks through crop fields, and interactions with local villages. It's a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the cultural and agricultural aspects of Bali.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated.

Location: Jalan Raya Abang Desa Adat Jalan Raya Tirta Gangga, Ababi, Karangasem, East Bali.


7. ABANG – Karangasem, East Bali

Bright green trees and rice fields at Abang Subak Rice Rice Fields Karagasem, Bali

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Best Hidden Gem Rice Field in Bali

The stunning Abang Rice Fields are located at Abang Village, north of Amlapura and around three hours east of Ubud. Little-known and unexplored, Abang Rice Fields are described as one of Bali’s most picture-perfect rice fields by those who have stumbled across this hidden gem. Best viewed early in the morning, stop at the small lookout, which provides unrivalled views overlooking the treetops, with misty mountains and Mount Agung looming in the background. Then, soak up Abang’s tranquillity while sitting beside the rice fields, counting dragonflies and enjoying a cool drink. It’s a truly peaceful experience, and Bali at its most authentic. Although Abang is not yet a tourist destination, there’s a range of accommodations nearby, including a Tree House, allowing more time to discover the beautiful champagne sands of nearby Jemeluk Beach with excellent swimming, snorkelling and shipwreck diving

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location: Kecamatan Abang, Karangasem, East Bali.

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8. RENDANG - Karangasem, East Bali

Sunrise behind mountain overlooking water puddles in Rendang Rice Fields Karangasem, Bali

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Best for Views of Mt Agung

Found two hours east of Ubud, the scenic Rendang Rice Fields haven’t yet been overrun with tourist interest. Flanked by mesmerising views of Mount Agung volcano and near Sidemen rice fields (see no. 3 on our list), the verdant Rendang rice fields offer a tranquil reprieve. It’s easy to explore these fields alone and meet friendly Balinese farmers who welcome visitors and happily share their cultural knowledge. While here, don’t miss the quaint mountain village of Rendang, renowned for its temples, in particular Besakih Temple, and the quirky stone statues that line the roadside. But if you want something more adventurous, white-water rafting at nearby Telaga Waja will fulfil the thrills


9. MUNDUK - Bululeng, North Bali

Lush green rice fields with patterned grooves in ground at Munduk Rice Fields, Bali

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Best Rice Fields for Sunsets

Found in the highlands of northern Bali, Munduk Rice Fields are located in Munduk Village, where many tourists stop to see the Munduk Waterfall. The rice fields here are not as well known, but they produce some of the world’s best rice. The Munduk Rice Fields are over 1,000 metres above sea level, offering panoramic views over the valley and the famous “Twin Lakes” of Tamblingan and Buyan. Massive trees surround many of the fields, especially in the Gobleg and Gesing neighbourhoods, making for cooler, more pleasant walks. Whether hiking or cycling with a guided tour or on your own, look out for streetside stalls selling locally grown nourishing fruits like bananas and durian. For an extra immersive experience, choose an accommodation in the middle of a rice field and breathe in the sweet scent of ripening rice.

The Munduk rice fields offer a stunning setting for sunset enthusiasts. As the sun dips below the horizon, the terraced rice fields become a picturesque canvas, with the soft golden light casting a warm, tranquil glow over the landscape. The lack of crowds at this location allows you to enjoy the sunset in serene solitude, making it a perfect spot to unwind and appreciate the natural beauty of Bali.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location: Munduk Banjar, Buleleng, North Bali.


10. CANGGU - Pererenan, Southwest Bali

Sunrise over rice paddy with water flowing through grass at Pererenan Rice Fields Canggu, Bali

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Best Rice Fields in Canggu

Rice fields are not usually top of mind when visiting the surf-centric town Canggu, but the rice fields here are still worth a visit for those who enjoy exploring trails. Whilst Canggu Rice Fields can’t be compared to some of Bali’s famous hillside terraces, they still offer tranquil green scenery and a reprieve close to the bustling beach areas. The best way to experience these fields is to walk or ride along Jalan Sempol and Jalan Babadan, passing the underrated Pererenan scenic rice paddies and watching local farmers tend their crops. You can even enjoy a relaxing meal or drink at the back patio of a restaurant with views over the rice fields.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location:  Jalan Babadan and Jalan Raya Seseh, Canggu, and Jalan Sempol,  Munggu, Mengwi, Badung.


11. PENEBAL - Tabanan, West Bali

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Most Secluded Rice Fields in Bali

Tranquil Penebel Rice Terraces are a little over 1 hour’s drive west of Ubud, but only 20-25 minutes from the more famous Jatiluwih Rice Terraces. The Penebel Rice Terraces offer a serene escape from the bustling tourist areas. Here you can gain a glimpse of Bali’s authentic and traditional side, whilst enjoying the natural beauty in the area of Penatahan. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the picturesque, lush green terraced rice fields, as well as the cascading waterfalls and scenic walking trails. Be sure to stop at the local village, renowned for its traditional Balinese architecture and vibrant art scene - where you can witness Balinese artists in action. For families we recommend combining a trip to the rice terraces with a visit to the nearby Bali Butterfly Park, and a soothing soak in the rich, warm mineral Penatahan Kaja Hot Springs.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated. 

Location: Penebel, Tabanan, West Bali.


12. BLAHBATUH – Gianyar Regency, East Bali

Blahbatu Rice Fields, Gianyar Regency, Bali

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Best Rice Fields for Beautiful Views

For a peaceful escape from the more touristy areas of Bali, take a trip to East Bali’s Blahbatuh Rice Fields, found about half an hour from Ubud. This is an excellent place for visitors to enjoy the many hiking and bike trails, which begin at the "Blahbatuh Rice Field Trekking Start Point". This is a great location for taking in the amazing natural scenery, where you can also pause at refreshing waterfalls and streams along the way. Blahbatuh is a great place to stop on a day trip and combine the many nearby sites like Tegenungan Waterfall, Kemenuh Butterfly Park, Pura Dalem Blahbatuh temple, the Sidha Karya Gong Foundry (where gamelan instruments are made), and the massive statue of mediaeval hero Kebo Iwa.

Open daily and free. A donation to the farmer is always appreciated.

Location: Blahbatuh Village, Sukawati, Guwang, Gianyar, East Bali.


13. BUSUNG BIU– Bululeng, North Bali

Busing Biu Rice Fields, Buleleng, Bali

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Best Rice Terraces in North Bali

Busungbiu Rice Terrace, located in Bululeng, offers expansive views that some consider even more beautiful than Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in the south. Set deep in the valley, the panoramic views of green hills and lush scenery make this a rice terrace absolutely worth visiting when in north Bali. The pathways between the terraces are such fun to walk along, in return for a small donation to the local farmers. 

Busungbiu Rice Terrace is an excellent spot for taking photos, and we recommend stopping here for lunch as well. 


What's the Difference Between Rice Terraces, Rice Fields and Rice Paddies in Bali?

The terms rice terraces, rice fields, and rice paddies are often used interchangeably when describing areas in Bali where rice is grown. However, there are subtle differences in the meanings of each term and the agricultural differences which underpin them. 

Below is an explanation of the differences between rice terraces, rice fields and rice paddies, to consider when visiting Bali: 

  • Rice Terraces: Rice terraces are a levelled (or “terraced”) crop carved like steps into the side of hills and mountains, allowing farmers to control the flow of water and grow rice more efficiently. Rice terraces are more sophisticated compared to rice fields and rice paddies, due to the intricate engineering (called "Subak") which underpins them, and the stunning aesthetic beauty which results. This makes rice terraces like Tegallalang and Jatiluwih sought-out tourist attractions in Bali. 
  • Rice Fields: Rice Fields are a flat or gently sloping area where rice is grown. Rice fields work by purposely flooding an area with water, which covers up the soil and supports the growth of rice. Whilst undoubtedly pretty,  rice fields typically serve a practical purpose only and are not visited as frequently as a tourist attraction. Oftentimes, farmers can be seen roaming the fields with a black flag, which is used to protect the crops from birds. 
  • Rice Paddies: Rice paddies is a similar term to rice fields, but specifically describes a rice field which has been flooded with water.. The standing water helps control weeds, pests, and diseases and provides the necessary moisture for rice plants to thrive.


What is the Subak Irrigation System?

The Subak Irrigation System is a centuries-old water management system used to cultivate rice in Bali. Developed in the 9th century, the Subak Irrigation System is designed to manage and distribute water for the irrigation of rice fields in a fair and sustainable manner. Subak is not only a practical feat of engineering; it's also an important cultural institution, underpinned by the Balinese Hindu philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. Tri Hita Karana is the belief in the three ways to happiness, which involve harmonious relationships with God, with other people, and with nature. The Subak is deeply entwined with religious ceremonies and rituals dedicated to various deities, such as Sri Dewi, the goddess of rice and fertility.

There are 5 Subak sites in Bali which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These Subak sites are located at Ulun Danu Batur Temple (Pura Ulun Danu Batur), Lake Batur, Pakerisan Watershed (at Pakerisan River), Taman Ayun Temple (Pura Taman Ayun) and Catur Angga Batukaru. Two of these, Ulun Danu Batur and Taman Ayun, are water temples considered amonst the most culturally significant and best temples in Bali. The Subak rice terraces and fields at these locations represent the important role played by traditional Balinese irrigation systems in reflecting Hindu Balinese belief systems. 

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