- Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
The Tegallalang paddy fieldswere for me part of the most beautiful landscapes on the island of Bali. Although they are quite popular and very developed, they are no less incredible. When you arrive there, you are first of all surprised by the number of parked cars. Once we had found a space along the road to park ours, the view that was offered to us was amazing.
The hill is sculpted entirely of terraces on which the rice grows. Above, a forest of palm trees overlooks it all and adds to the feeling of serenity created by the place. When I passed through, the crop was at different stages of its growth, some parts were still quite green, whilst others were yellowing and others had already been sown, making the forest reflect in the water held in the empty plots. For me, it was a must see on my Indonesian itinerary.
The main reason for going to Tegallalang is its incredible rice paddy terraces. It looks a bit like a Roman amphitheatre, with the village on one side and the jungle on the other.
Although the view from this little village is ideal (not to mention the pleasure of sitting in a cafe drinking in front of that incredible view), don't stop there. A short walk brings you down to the edge of the crops, which you can then cross and climb up the other side for the view from a different angle, which is just as beautiful.
There is no entrance fee but gifts are (much) appreciated and the workers will ask for a tip if you photograph them. If you are polite and respectful you can have a pleasant exchange with them (a simple "hello" coupled with asking if you can take the photo is a good start). Also be careful around the rice crop (don't walk on the borders nor on fragile areas).
If, during yourtrip to Indonesia, you are exploring the centre of Bali then I recommend that you don't miss this picture postcard agricultural marvel, one of the island's most beautiful.