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Must-Visit – Rice Terraces of Bali

Graduated terrace steps are commonly used to farm on hilly or mountainous terrain. Terraced paddy fields are used widely in rice farming in Bali, Indonesia.

A rice terrace is a piece of sloped plane that has been cut into a series of successively receding flat surfaces or platforms, which resemble steps, for the purposes of more effective farming. This type of landscaping is called terracing.

The rice terraces of Bali are so stunning that they have now become tourist attractions. The two must-visit rice terraces of Bali are:

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Bali

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The Tegalalang Rice Terrace, situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud, Bali is one of the most amazing rice terraces set on the cliff. This beautiful rice terrace has become a very popular tourist destination because of its amazing panorama. It gives you the real Balinese ambience, where you can see the local farmers working hard to make rice.

Rice, in addition to being a staple food Balinese, is part of the local culture. Cultivation is done according to ancient rituals, inextricably linked to religion and philosophy. The idea is to cultivate rice, creating a harmonious relationship with the gods, with the ground and with other people.

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Bali
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The Jatiluwih rice terrace is located in the Tabanan region, the western part of the island, in central Bali. The name Jatiluwih is derived from two words ’Jati and Luwih’. Jati means real and Luwih means good or beautiful. The field lives up to its name by offering a breathtaking panorama of rice terraces with Mount Batukaru as a backdrop giving it some very interesting scenic topography.

The terraces span over a huge area, allowing tourists to hike through them, explore different parts of the field, jump over rivers, and even enjoy a sumptuous meal or two in the terrace.

You can look forward to an enjoyable time here. So, keep in mind this must-visit – rice terraces of Bali.

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