The Rice Terraces of Bali

by Puru


Mar 28, 2015

The rice terraces of Bali are so incredible that they are actually listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though they fell a little off our way, we did not have the heart to give them a miss – and Wayan was most obliging. So, on our way back from Ulun Danu Batur, we made a detour and went to witness the beauty of the rice fields. We were not disappointed.

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Beautiful valley

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Another view of the valley

Bali is famous for its rice terraces, sprawling paddy fields cultivated in the traditional Balinese style in terraced fields. Only when we arrived at the Tegallalang rice fields, could we understand why was it so famous. The beauty that lay before us seemed too good to be real. It sprawled down into a valley of green magic, and extended to meet the terraces in the surrounding mountains, dotted by coconut trees. Farmers wearing woven straw hats were hard at work in the fields, giving a timeless quality to the vista. There was a pleasing and soothing feel to it, so much that for a few moments we just gawked in amazement at what lay before us.  Words may not suffice, let pictures do the talking this time ..

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Unbelievable beauty is a norm in Bali ..

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A farmer at work

There was an elderly farmer, who owns the valley as we got to know later, came up in the traditional wear and happily posed for photographs. It turned out that he appreciates some tips for posing and we were happy to give him a few thousands ..

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The Elderly farmers who loves posing for photographs

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And this was our small group ..

A small village of craftsmen (yes, Bali is all art) lies next to the rice fields and there are many souvenir shops nearby. However, unlike some other places, these shopkeepers were not pushy and we came back unmolested.

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Puru is an IT Project Manager from Pune, India and an avid blogger. He is passionate about travel, photography, cinema and books. He blogs on Shadows Galore, Art House Cinema, The Mutinous Indian and Antarnaad.

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  1. rupam

    Beautiful photos

    • Puru

      Thanks Rupam 🙂

    • Puru

      Thanks Roohi ! 🙂

  2. Mridula Dwivedi

    It is certainly a sight to behold. After looking at the pictures I can imagine why it in UNESCO World Heritage site’s list!

  3. Jitaditya

    We have terraces too but East/SE Asians have elevated it into an art form!

  4. Revathi Mukherjee

    I have heard a lot of Ajmer Sharif Dargah but this blog of yours really gives the full details ..thanks a ton for all the detailed info since this is a place that I am planning to visit very soon….the pics of the chadars was really beautiful and I have decided to buy one when I visit there..and I have also heard about all wishes coming true for the devotees of Khwaja Sharif…U r lucky to have been there!

    • Puru

      Ajmer ? You missed it totally 😉

  5. Self Drive Trips

    Wonderful pictures…..


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