Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is really beautiful. I mean, it won’t be called Jatiluwih if it’s not really stunning, right? I was told that “jati” means real, and “luwih” translates as beautiful or good.
You see, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You might wonder why but when you are standing there, you’d understand why.
UNESCO credited its cultural landscape worth for its protection.
Its five rice terraces are interconnected with a brilliant water irrigation system, known as subak, that goes through canals and low head dams.
These water management systems mirror the philosophical belief of Tri Hita Karana, which brings all together with the balance of nature, of the spirit, and the human world.
This belief is a testament to the cultural exchange between India and Bali more than 2000 years ago.
Today, as one would walk on its terraces, such cultural trade is evident anywhere.
You can find small outdoor altars to honor Hindu deities. Perhaps, it is here where you will come to understand why Bali is the “Island of the Gods.”
If you decide to spend more time here, you should follow the hiking trail. It allows you to walk on rice paddies and stop at designated spots where you can see the panoramic views of the field and the mountains.
The trail also leads you to Pura Taman Ayun, the island’s most impressive and largest Hindu temple. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to visit this place.
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is one of the tourist attractions that you need to see in Bali. The rice paddies are iconic when you think of this tropical island/paradise. For people who grew up in urban jungles, your experience here will be etched in your memory forever.
Where to Stay in Jatiluwih
If you really plan on hiking the rice terraces and seeing temples, it’s a good idea to stay in Jatiluwih for a night. Accommodations here and in surrounding areas vary from guesthouses to hotels, ecolodges, and resorts. For more of these places to stay, you can book here: HostelWorld, Booking.com, and CTrip.