If you're anything like us, you always hunt out the best place for a sunrise wherever you visit. In Ubud there's no better way to start the day than at the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces are huge and there are countless photo opportunities.
The best part of the terraces is on the far side away from the road. Here you can get the famous shot of the sun rising behind the palm trees in the amphitheatre of rice terraces.
The best time to visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The early hours of the morning is the perfect time to go as there are fewer people there and the golden light makes this beautiful place even more magical. You can get photos without people in them and explore at a cooler time of day. There will definitely still be people there but just much less than in the late morning and afternoon. As there are a lot of people who day-trip to Ubud and visit on a tour, midday seems to be the busiest time of day at Tegalalang.
We found that most people who came for sunrise tended to leave just before 7am. We actually thought the most beautiful light was just after this, so it's worth sticking around a little longer.
Getting to Tegalalang Rice Terrace
Tegalalang is only half an hour from Ubud and easy to get to. We chose to do it as part of a day trip with many stops and went with a driver, but you can just as easily hire a motorbike and drive. The Rice Terraces are next to the road, so you can't miss them!
Tegalalang Rice Terrace Opening Hours
Tegalalang is officially open from 7am, but it's pretty easy to sneak over the fence before then. There's an easy entrance next to the Loji Cafe that leads down to the terraces.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace Entrance Fee
Technically there isn't an entrance fee, but there are landowners who will ask for money if you want to walk across their rice terrace for photos (on the far side of the terraces, we didn't see anyone collecting money on the road side area but it's not the prettiest section). It's pretty small (20k, just over $1 USD), so see it as a friendly donation to the locals to witness this stunning area.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace Swing
Just like most places in Bali, the swing craze has hit Tegalalang. You can choose from two: one that's right next to the entrance and low down, another which is higher up with a bigger view.
When we enquired about the price we were told 100k, when we left it dropped instantly to 50k and we think it would have gone a lot lower, but we had only been asking for the blog so we didn't want to lead them on too much! It's a beautiful place for a swing.
As with all the Bali swings you have to wear a harness. The one at Tegalalang seemed particularly noticeable, you would need to change and put it under your clothes for photos!
Tegalalang Rice Terrace vs Jatiluweh Rice Terrace
We've been to both Tegalalang and Jatiluweh and loved them both. Tegalalang has a more intimate feel with steeper terraces and the feeling of being in an amphitheatre. The rice stems (not sure of the technical term) are much longer at Jatiluweh so the overall effect is less like an actual terrace.
Jatiluweh is huge and impressive for its sheer scale. Your visits tend to be from lookout points or stone footpaths to have a look out onto the valley of rice terraces. The walk in Tegalalang is along the rice terraces themselves, whereas at Jatiluweh you walk along concrete paths that take you up to peoples homes and through the fields.
We really like them both, but Jatiluweh is a lot further away, so may be harder to fit into your itinerary, it is an UNESCO world heritage site though, so if you get the chance then visit! It also makes a great break in the journey between Ubud and Munduk.
Where to stay in Ubud
Our Pick - Eden House
This beautiful guesthouse is tucked away in a quiet street and overlooks a paddy field, providing peace and tranquility after a long day exploring. The rooms at Eden are beautiful, the bathrooms even better and it offers incredible value. The breakfasts are served on a balcony overlooking the rice paddies and are the perfect way to start your day.
Luxury - Kamandalu
A favourite with Instagrammers, Kamandalu is set a little way out of Ubud among the forests and rice terraces to offer a true escape. The rooms are stunning, the views even more and there's an infinity pool that's made to impress. If we had the money, we definitely would have booked in for a night or two.
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