Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a cultural tourism destination in Jatiluwih village, Penebel District, North of Tabanan regency, Bali. It has paddy fields following the contours of terraced land against thh background of Mount Batukaru and Mount Agung. This ombines ethnic farming system and religious value.
Jatiluwih lies about 20 kilometers north of Tabanan, in Bali’s western region. It stretches from the foothill of the volcano of Batukara to the south coast. The distance from Denpasar to Jatiluwih is about 48 km and if you arrive at lunchtime, you may enjoy a meal in the restaurant with beautiful rice terrace panoramic view.
Something special in the Balinese agricultural system is the management of water distribution among the farmers and cropping patterns, known as Subak. The Subak system requires the green rice paddies area shaped as a terrace which then create a wonderful view.
The local farmers still plant the local paddy species, such as red sandalwood, glutinous white rice and black rice (injin) which are almost extinct in many farming areas. The colors of the local paddy species actually represents the power of gods: Brahma, Visnu and Shiva. It also a symbol of worship the God who create, maintenance and stabilize the nature. Therefore, due to its uniqueness, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces bestowed as Cultural Landscape of Bali Province – The Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy by UNESCO in 2012.
Things To Do
Due to its unique natural landscape, Jatiluwih is best place for some attractive activities such as:
- trekking activity;
- cycling tour from manual bicycle up to electric bicycle;
- ATV adventure, ride along the rice field path and through the forest; and
- harvesting activity where travelers can stop, participate in the harvest or watch ceremonies, and talk with the locals.
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