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!