Well, despite these rumors, we decided to take the family for a walk in Ubud’s most famous rice terraces! And indeed, we appreciate it very much! ❤️
Below you will find information about our day and useful information for an easy and successful walk to the rice terraces from Tegalalang to Ubud.
Mirabelle Mirabelle Mirabelle Mirabelle is located on the terraced rice fields of Tegalang to Ubud Bali.
Entrances and exits: There are several entrances and exits to the Tegalalaland Rice Terraces. If you want to follow our step-by-step route, you need to mark on the Google map exactly the starting and ending point of the Rice Terraces…yes, the entrance with 2 r!
We talked a lot about paying extra, but we never paid the entrance fee. We don’t know because we went to the rice terraces early in the morning
We parked our scooter in front of the gift store, just before the barely visible entrance to the Tegalalang rice terraces. We bought a big bottle of cold water, so he didn’t mind us parking our scooter there.
The starting and ending point of the rice terraces from Tegalalang to Ubud.
OVERALL: The circular walk is about 2.5 – 3 km long, at a very slow pace with about 45 minutes of rest; it took us 3 hours to complete the Tegalalang route.
WHEN: Any time of the year, but very early in the morning! That’s the key word, early in the morning! To avoid the muddy trails, don’t come if it rained a lot a few hours ago. Or even if it rained a lot the day before.
IMPORTANT: If you are unlucky, the rice fields are not green and lush upon your arrival. When the rice is ripe, it turns golden brown, or it has been cut and harvested, and sometimes there is no rice in the rice fields, only dirty rice fields. We were there on February 1, 2020, and as you can see, there were green rice fields and dirty rice fields!
I have already mentioned it, but I want to remind you to come early in the morning! We started the walk around 8am and the light was beautiful, no people or vendors!
As you enter the terraced rice terraces of Tegalang, stairs lead you to the bridge and once over the bridge, turn right. From there, follow the signs to the rice terraces.
Mirabelle plays hide and seek during a family hike on the Tegalalang rice terraces in Ubud.
On this easy, kid-friendly walk through the terraced rice fields of Tegalalang, you’ll encounter many of Bali’s swings. Some stops have beautiful, colorful long dresses that you can rent to wear while you swing for the ultimate Instagram dream photo.
You will also pass many donation boxes. We always followed the rules and paid IDR 5000 for each adult. This is a small amount of money that we can use to help the local people.
Almost at the end of the trail we passed a hut where a man was holding a piggy bank and shouting for people to pay. We didn’t pay and just walked by…. …..
Once you arrive at this point, you can take a short walk or, as we did, continue to the more isolated and peaceful part of the rice terraces.
Inexplicable map of rice terraces from Tegalalang to Ubud.
Check the spelling on the card. You can’t help but pick it all up and enjoy it! There are so many spelling mistakes on the map that you wonder if they were intentional.
Here’s a translation for those who don’t understand, hehe:
Round = Round
No access = No access
Bridge = Bridge
Photo Sports = Photo Spot
You should keep this No Akses in mind for later, as the path is split, one going straight and the other steeply but briefly descending to the terraced rice fields. The way down is the right way! Watch your feet and help your little ones down!
See the picture below, overlooking the written terrace of Santana Rice Bali? That’s where you’ll go.
Once you have crossed the rice field and reached the other side, you must follow the path over the sign, past the barn. We didn’t know this because there was another path going up, but luckily we were led by a local farmer who led us about 10 meters in the right direction. He asked for a fee for his efforts, which we could not refuse, so we gave him 20,000 euros.
Our own local guide on a walk through the rice terraces from Tegalalang to Ubud.
Normally we had to go down the stairs and cross the little bridge, but we were curious to see what was further down in the depths of the rice terraces. There was a pond there, and the stairs on the right led to the temple, but the left side of the pond led nowhere. If Mirabelle had not grumbled about the snack, we would have gone much further, even to the temple.
So we went back to cross the little bridge! On this side of the terraced rice fields are small and comfortable varungas where you can satisfy your hunger and thirst with something. We chose the first varungas around the corner. We shared a delicious young coconut while looking at the beautiful green landscape in front of us. The friendly owner also gave Mirabelle private music lessons on his Rindik, a traditional musical instrument from Bali.
One of the many cozy restaurants on the quiet side of the terraced rice fields of Tegalalang is within walking distance.
Kissing break in the middle of the rice fields of Tegalalang while walking through Ubud Bali❤️ This is how I recharge my batteries while walking! I used to kiss David, but now this cute thing has replaced him.
Exit from the rice terraces of Tegalalang.
Just follow the signs at the exit and you won’t get lost. Or, if you do, you can always ask a local for the Tegalalang Rice Terraces exit.
You hike through some other terraced rice fields, past cute varungas and a beautiful bamboo forest. And finally, there is the “front part”. When you get to this point in the image below, just follow the steps. From there, it’s about a 10-minute walk to the entrance where you started the hike earlier.
At the “back” of Tegalang, we didn’t encounter many visitors, but when we dove to the “front” around 10 o’clock, there were already many people there.
So come early to avoid the crowds and heat!
And if you weren’t hungry before and still are now, there are many restaurants on the main street.
Have a nice walk! ❤️
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