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Drive just 20 minutes from the busy streets of Ubud and you’ll enter into a different world. The pace of life in Bali’s countryside is calm, to say the least. Lush green palm trees line the roadsides and cows, geese and chickens roam around. Rice fields are plentiful out here providing mirror perfect reflections and a beautiful waving landscape that Bali is well known for. The Tegallalang rice terrace is something else though. This is more like stepping into a rice paddy jungle and it’s incredible.
Whilst visiting the Tegallalang rice terrace is certainly one of the best things to do in Bali, avoiding the crowds is easier said than done. Tours flock here by the bulk and before you know it, you will be seeing as many people as there are rice crops. This is exactly why I chose to visit at sunrise and boy did the early start pay off! I’ve put together some of my favourite photos from my sunrise trip to Tegallalang so you can see exactly why it’s worth it!
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Top tips for visiting Tegallalang at sunrise
- Rent a motorbike for the trip as it’s pretty much impossible to get a tour that goes there early enough.
- Be sure to check when sunrise is and aim to get there about an hour beforehand.
- Tegallalang is pretty big so you’re going to want to spend a decent amount of time here to really soak it all in.
- The walk down can be quite muddy, slippery and involves a number of stairs so make sure you wear something grippy on your feet.
- The famous swings over the rice fields don’t open until about 9 am when Tegallalang technically opens for the public.
- There are signs all along the street opposite the entrance saying no parking so be sure to park in the car park.
When you first walk into Tegallalang it can look a lot smaller than it actually is. You’ll be walking down stairs and along muddy tracks before you reach a corner where the rice terrace really begins to take shape.
One thing that I hadn’t realised was that there would be houses and buildings surrounding the lush greenery here. The architecture in Bali is something that I find really beautiful and I love the contrast they provide too.
As well as the beautiful rice paddies, as you walk along you’ll see some beautiful and brightly coloured plants thriving alongside it. I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps of these and love how vibrant they are against the green.
I made my way over to the perfect spot for sunrise. The rays broke right through the palm trees and it was stunning to see. This spot also had the famous ‘Love Bali’ sign and one of those daredevil swings too!