INDONESIA TRAVEL, BALI 8 AUGUST 2016
** JATILUWIH RICE TERRACES **
As promised in the previous post Tiu Kelep & Sendang Gile, today’s article will be about rice terraces of Bali.
So now you I guess you’re wondering how were Jatiluwih rice terraces, right? Let me tell you first how we got there.
It took us almost two hours and a half driving to Jatiluwih terraces. We got lost so many times, but we kept searching till we found the place. Along the way, we enjoyed so much the views. It was all green, the original meaning of “green land”. Even though it rained so much after leaving the waterfalls, the rain couldn’t stop our adventure because we had a car. The rain made the experience even better.
Anyways, I was excited to see the rice paddies because I hadn’t googled the images before and I didn’t know what to expect. As I had already been in Tegalalang rice field in Bali, I expected something similar.
We were feeling tired after that long day, but this feeling went away as soon as we arrived to Jatiluwih.
The entrance was free, perfect! We parked the car, I changed my top, I picked up my camera and we went straight to see the rice field.
It was enormous and it had a very soothing atmosphere. A misty fog seemed to appear from the other side. It was stunning, I just stood up and absorbed the whole moment.
I took my camera and started to capture views. The light and clouds didn’t help me that much, but I did my best to take shots from the best angle. I also had the problem of slipping over, but I tried to stand steady and in the same time capture good pictures. We were amazed by the beauty of the site.
Then my fiance jumped in the field to discover every part of it. I wanted to join him, but I was hesitating. After some minutes, I couldn’t resist and I followed him. The field was huge, we didn’t even know from which part to start.The fields were much bigger and cleaner than Tegalalang fields. All you could see was green landscapes all around.
Jatiluwih requires an effort to explore it. It’s so vast that we couldn’t see even half of it. We got lost in those wonderful fields without hordes of people crowding us or ruining the scenery.
We had to hike a few hours, but we enjoyed every minute of it: from seeing snakes and tadpoles swimming through the rice, to climbing and walking muddy stairs because it had rained. I could say that it’s one of the top things to see in Indonesia. The rice terraces crawl up the sides of the hills like steps leading you toward the blue-pink sky. In addition to that, there were only few people walking through the rice fields which made us feel comfortable. It was just us and the nature.
I definitely recommend you this spot. Even if it’s not easy to find, try to get there and make an effort to spend a few days to explore another kind of beauty, far from the tourist area.
In the end, after admiring the splendid Jatiluwih paddies, it was time to hit the road before it was dark. The plan was to go directly to Kuta-Lombok, but we were exhausted and it was already night. So we just came back to Kuta, Bali to spend another night to relax and get ready for the next trip.
You want to know what happened in Kuta? I’ll keep you updated with my Indonesia adventures in my next post.
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