Exploring Tegallalang Rice Terraces
You’ve probably seen the Tegallalang rice terraces all over Instagram, and for good reason! They’re a hop, skip and a jump from Ubud centre, and are a breath of fresh air from the bustle of the town. We had been cooped up for a few days, and it was so good to get outside and stretch our legs. The terraces are really just that – rice terraces. There’s no official entrance, and you pay donations along the way to local residents who keep the paths safe and tourist-friendly. It’s a bit of a steep climb to reach the top, so I’d recommend getting there early to avoid the heat of the morning sun. We were there at 8am and could definitely have been there earlier. Plus, you get to avoid all the tours that arrive in the afternoon.
We strolled around and just took in the undulating landscape, full of greens of every shade imaginable. Palm trees filled every crevice that wasn’t taken by rice, and the man made terraces tumbled down the steep hillside below. We spent a good half an hour wandering around the paths, stopping at what seemed like every corner for the incredible views and panoramas. The terraces are worked daily by residents. What an office this is!