Tegallalang is one of the classic destinations when visiting Bali so I had to make a trip to see the rice patties myself. While you see plenty of rice patties when driving across Bali, Tegallalang is unique with the cascading terraces extending into the narrow valley. It feels more serene and mystical than other rice patties, especially with a layer of morning fog.
From Ubud, Tegallalang is only a 20-minute drive away. I visited just after sunrise to catch the best lighting and to avoid the crowd, but other people had the same idea so I wasn’t alone.
There’s no set path in the rice fields so you can wander as far in as you want. I trekked down into the valley floor and up on the other side to get a better view of the entire valley. Along the path I passed by rows and rows of rice terraces, some already harvested while others soon-to-be harvested. It was very impressive how meticulously planned each field is, evenly aligned and spaced extending far into the terraces.
From the top of the hill I had an amazing view of the entire valley with cascading rice terraces on either side. It felt peaceful like I was in a hidden oasis away from the streets and people. The thin layer of morning fog added to the serenity and diffused the sunlight nicely onto the terraces.
I sent my drone up to get shots from above and to really capture the vastness of the Tegallalang terraces. It puts things in perspective and shows the magnitude and depth of the cascading terraces. My favorite shots of Tegallalang are the aerial drone shots.
If you’re ever in Ubud I’d recommend an early morning visit to the Tegallalang terraces. And if you’re staying in the beach area, it’s still doable to visit Tegallalang as part of a day trip to northern Bali.