Wednesday Wander – Balinese Rice Terraces

Bali Terraces 2I’ve taken a Wednesday Wander to Bali before, to a temple based around a sacred spring. This time I’m visiting the Tegallalang rice terraces, carved like beautiful sculpture into the lush green hillsides.

Bali Terraces 1The rice terraces are irrigated using a traditional Balinese cooperative system which, according to tradition, was taught to the Balinese by a holy man in the eighth century. Located near Ubud, the terraces can be viewed from the side of the road winding up through the hills. When we stopped, the air was damp and heavy with heat, the rains that arrived like clockwork around dinner time each evening just starting to build. We stood there for a while, trying to take in the scale of the terraces rising up the hillsides, imagining the amount of work it must have taken to create them. If you look, you can just glimpse someone standing at the top of one of the terraces – that will give you an idea of how vast they are.

Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time!


19 thoughts on “Wednesday Wander – Balinese Rice Terraces

    • Thanks, Sue – I’ve been really lucky. Just wish I’d taken more photos! Those were the days, before camera phones… 🙂 And I think you’ve seen some rather fabulous places too.

      • I know… all those rolls of film that were never processed…My travels have not been as distant, perhaps, but just the places are just as fabulous 🙂

      • I’m sure they are 🙂 Yes, all the rolls of film undeveloped, or you run out of shots, or there are people in them or they’re out of focus – the days before digital.

      • Digital cameras have been such a godsend to me 🙂 I just need to replace mine… it was rather badly knocked and isn’t happy at the moment. 😦

      • Ours gave up the ghost a little while ago, but I just use my phone now. My father has a wonderful digital camera that captures a lot more detail though, so I may consider investing at some point 🙂

      • I wouldn’t be without mine… even in this state. I highly recommend the Lumix range…and they are not overly expensive for their type either.

    • Thanks, Miriam. I liked Ubud as well – I only had a short time there, but it was so beautiful, and different from being on the coast. I hear the old capital in the North is quite amazing – I’ve not been to that side of the island, but I understand they might be building a second airport there.

  1. Nice pictures! A tip: early mornings are the best to explore the rice terrace, while everyone’s still asleep and the farmers are just starting their works in the field. Feels out of time 🙂 AND you get to experience this without the crowd. 😉

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