Ubud, Bali is well-known for its laid-back, village lifestyle and luscious greenery. Its hot and humid climate with abundant rainfall and fertile soil makes it suitable for planting rice – the staple food of the people of Bali. Due to its unique landscape of uneven land and steep ravines, the paddy farmers of Ubud has strategically utilise the terrain and plant rice paddies in layers or terraces (rice terrace). The excessive water in the rice terraces will then flow naturally from the hilltop to the lower area. This method of planting and irrigation system is known as Subak. Due to its eco-friendly system and sustainability, the Subak is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage of mankind.
One of the well-known rice terraces in Ubud is Tegalalang, located about 5 kilometres from the city centre. Its well-photographed picturesque landscape appears in numerous postcards and travel magazines around the world year after year. The entrance fee is Rp.5000 per person. You can stay as long as you want to enjoy the view and take lots of photos of the panoramic view. There are many stalls selling souvenirs and coffee shops along the road. You can opt to sip coffee or tea while savouring some local delicacies while you enjoy the view. My sister and I made a quick stop at Tegalalang rice terraces before heading up to Kintamani for lunch. Below are some photographs for your viewing pleasure.