Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Picturesque Cultural Heritage Site in Bali

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in the heart of Tabanan Regency is the best example of Bali’s outstanding picturesque rice fields. UNESCO appointed this site as one of the World Heritages Sites.

Jatiluwih is one of the place of interest in Tabanan Regency. Jatiluwih famous for its natural beauty with breathtaking view of rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. It is the best example of Bali’s outstanding picturesque rice fields in addition to Tegalalang rice terraces in Ubud, Munduk rice terrace in north Bali, and other best rice paddy fields in Bali.

Located in cool highlands of Penebel with breathtaking scenery right at the foot of Mount Batukaru, the 2nd tallest mountain in Bali, it surely gives visitors a soothing retreat away. The walk around Jatiluwih is very easy and suitable for all ages. The farmer activities in the Jatiluwih paddy fields is an interesting object for photography. It is also a perfect for hiking and cycling activities.

Jatiluwih has been appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritages since the site has been able to maintain the local culture heritage called “Subak” in form of water irrigation system managed traditionally. The appointment was given on 26th of July 2012 from long efforts to propose it since 2003 by the government of Bali province. This appointment covers 14 Subaks and 11 villages consisting of 2,372 ha of rice field, 3,545 ha of garden, 9,316 ha of forest, 317 ha of housing area and 475 ha of wild bush.


The lush, green Jatiluwih rice fields that make up this area are inseparable from the traditional Subak, communal irrigation system developed by local farmers, from a manifestation of the Balinese Tri Hita Karana philosophy, which brings together the realms of the spirit, the human world and nature in harmonious relationship.

Jatiluwih also preserves the unique religious ceremony attraction which is known as Patirtaan in Pura Luhur Petali temple on Wednesday Kliwon Ugu (Based on Balinese Calendar). Petali Temple is a worship center of the Hyang Widhi Wasa, the god of agriculture. Beside Petali Temple, there is also Pura Luhur Bhujangga Waishnawa temple, Pura Rshi temple, Pura Taksu temple and other shrines around this area.

To be able to enjoy the natural scenery with green land terraced rice fields in Jatiluwih, the best time to visit Jatiluwih is between February to April, when the rice crop grows tall with green or yellow colors. At around June – July (Sasih Sada), the rice crop will be ready to harvest and harvest activities by farmers will be encountered.

Plan and book your trip to visit Jatiluwih and explore Bali Island with Matta Tour now.

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