We woke up super early for this visit to the iconic rice terraces in Ubud. For most sight-seeing in Bali I have realized that being early is the quite literally the best policy because places tend to get crowded really quick. So your best bet is to visit as early as possible – not only do you tend to avoid crowds of people in your pics, you also avoid those nagging locals trying to sell you stuff and tours and taxi rides. You have almost the whole place to yourself and can truly explore it at your own pace. We reached the area at around sunrise and since it was early morning it was still cloudy and the sun hadn’t yet come out. Wearing my cute little Oxolloxo dress in solid pastel-mint.
There is no specific entry point to the Tegalalang rice terraces. There are a lot of ‘view-point’ cafes and restaurants lining the edge from where you can view the terraces and enter into them. Since it was so early everything was shut and we went into a restaurant which was giving the promise of the best view in the area. This was after roaming around for a bit and trying to figure out where to actually get into the rice fields from. We also ran into a few other tourists who were facing the same dilemma. If you visit during the day ofcourse you will have to actually sit at a particular cafe or restaurant, pay for something to eat or drink there and then you can proceed further into the rice fields. During peak hours, the local residents also tend to ask you for a small fee if you happen to be crossing through their rice-fields (again, I have only read and heard about this is, I did not personally experience this)
You also have the option of driving around on your bike finding smaller paths and roads that lead into the terraces from other points. We did that too and this somehow seemed like a more genuine way of doing things. It was a very quiet narrow road and we landed right into the heart of the rice fields at the base with a tiny stream running across. A beautiful morning spent breathing fresh air and taking in gorgeous views. The sun hadn’t managed to come through by the time we wrapped up and decided to head back to our hotel for some breakfast. Perfect!
The rice terraces are definitely a must-see for someone visiting Ubud but I find them to be a bit overrated in my humble opinion.
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Bag: Chiaroscuro Bags
Location: Tegalalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali
Photographs of me courtesy Aman Godara