This week I’m hosting a photography of Tegallalang Rice Terraces taken by Robert Sepulveda from the Another Traveler Blog.
Robert is from Miami, FL but now calling Singapore his home base, exploring Asia and capturing moments.
Picture Story: Tegallalang Rice Terraces
I was travelling through Bali for a couple weeks with my wife Toni, but she had to head back to Singapore for work.
I ended up staying behind as I had some extra time off to celebrate my birthday.
We spent most of our time together on the different beaches by Uluwatu which was amazing!
I decided to head up to Ubud to spend the rest of my trip there. I was hoping to get away from a city feel and reconnect with nature. If you ever been to Ubud, it’s not like that at all.
The city centre is full of traffic and motorbikes, shops selling you souvenirs and pretty good restaurants to eat some organic or vegan food.
I was ready to venture off on my own and try to find something more peaceful.
I jumped on my motorbike and started riding. Few, travellers, I meet said they have seen really nice rice paddy fields north of the city.
It was on the main road and hard to miss so I’d thought I’d check it out.
The rice fields ended up being the Tegalalang Rice Terraces.
Which is one of the main tourist stops while visiting Bali. It was overrun with tour buses and jammed packed with a traveller.
The entire view was blocked by overpriced souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants ready to make some money on the tourist that want a glimpse of these fields.
Fortunately, many travellers only get that far, enjoy the view and head back to their hotels.
I, on the other hand, wanted to explore a little deeper and find a unique experience in the most crowded tourist attraction.
I found a small path leading down the shops and restaurants that eventually lead to the small stream of water between the shops and rice fields.
There was a bridge connecting the two lands and was held together with this bright blue rope. I crossed the bridge and found a small hut guarded by a local selling coconut.
It was a toll. I bought a coconut and drank it; then continued to explore the working rice fields.
I saw a few local workers walking barefoot on the grass edges and figured I’d join them. I followed my own path cautious to not damage any of the walls.
Feeling the grass between my toes was an amazing experience. I felt at one with the earth and rice fields.
I walked as far up the fields as I safely could and eventually came face to face to this female worker.
She let me take her photos and then continued to work. I continued on my walk and explored the fields a bit more before heading back home.
It was a great experience that is still vivid in my mind.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century.
Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.
The Tegallalang rice terraces alone offers a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice paddies on the slopes across the valley.
Tegallalang is half an hour’s drive north of Ubud. From the main Ubud art market, head east to the large statue intersection and head further up north.
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