Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are located in central Bali in a place called Tabanan. The terraces sit at 7000 meters above sea level and together they make one of the most picturesque landscapes in Indonesia. It is for this reason that tourists come from all over the world to visit and photograph the incredible panoramic views.
With the naturally luscious forest and the towering Mount Batukaru as its backdrop, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces has been nominated for a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. This truly breathtaking area is not only stunning to see but also a functional and very important part of the local agriculture. This destination currently sits in the top 10 things to do list in Bali, so it is well worth the trip!
As the altitude is quite considerably higher than most of Bali, the temperature drops lower than what you might be used to, so pack an extra layer if you are visiting this site. The architectural nature of the curved rice fields has to be seen up close to be believed and that bright green glow stretches as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately the natural beauty could be under threat with talks of the area becoming developed by investors wanting to build accommodation. Laws are currently being put into place to remedy this so that there can be an agreement made.
Once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate, Jatiluwih rice terraces comprises over 600Ha of rice fields that follow the flowing hillside topography of the Batukaru mountain range. These are well-maintained by a traditional water management cooperative known as ‘subak’, which dates back to the 9th century. The cooperative itself eventually won recognition as a dominant factor in Bali’s ‘cultural landscape’ entry on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.