If you’ve seen a sunrise photo of rice terraces in Bali, the I love Bali swing or giant swings overlooking rice fields, chances are it’s at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. This iconic spot is one of the most popular places in Bali and from the photos, we can see why.
Getting to Tegalalang Rice Terrace for Sunrise
We left our place in Canggu at 5am in order to get there for sunrise by 6:30am. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is roughly a little over an hours drive from the main tourist areas of Bali like Canggu, Kuta and Seminyak. The cheapest option to get there would be to hire a scooter and drive yourself. You can rent a scooter for around 50K IDR ($5 AUD) per day. The drive up is fairly straightforward and the roads are easy to follow. If you’re not a confident driver, the next best option would be to hire a driver. Prices usually start from around 500K IDR ($50 AUD) per day and they’ll take you to as many stops as you like.
Tip: We left early in the morning at so that we would have the whole place to ourselves for sunrise. The drive is very cold in the early mornings on a scooter, so if you’re looking to do the same, be sure to wear plenty of layers.
Finding the entrance to Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The main entrance can be tricky to find, however it is open 24/7 and is located 100 metres past the carpark. To find your way to the carpark, type into your GPS ‘Ceking Terrace Parking Center’. Once you park your scooter, head left and walk 100 meters until you see a small brown doorway that says ‘Rice Terrace Entrance’. There will be stairs leading all the way to the bottom. The entrance is very easy to miss so be sure to keep a lookout.
When we arrived we had a difficult time finding the entrance to the rice terrace. We also couldn’t find a spot to park our scooter. There are many restaurants along the rice terrace that have entrances to go down. Although when we arrived all the restaurants and gates were closed. This is what the main entrance to Tegalalang looks like.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace entrance fee
Early in the morning there was no one to collect the 10K IDR entrance fee so we entered for free. Although if you drive yourself you will have to pay a parking fee between 2K – 5K IDR. We have visited the Tegalalang rice terrace twice and the price was different each time.
Best Time to Visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace
The best time to visit Tegalalang Rice Terrace is in March/April and September/October. During these months, the rice terraces are at their best and look beautiful. You can visit Tegalalang all year round, although it’s to visit before they harvest the rice fields. When deciding what time of day to visit, we definitely recommend in the early morning. The lighting at this time is unbeatable and is some of the most magical sights you’ll see in Bali. You’ll also beat the insane crowds of tourists which generally start to turn up around 10 AM.
What to expect
This spot is the reason we went to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace at 6:30am for sunrise. The lighting at that particular time and place is perfection. To get to this spot, once you arrive at the bottom of the stairs on the right you’ll see a sign saying ‘start of walkway’. Follow this pathway and make sure to always keep left. You’ll know when you reach the spot as the lighting looks like this.
The part of the rice field is blocked off by a fence. You’ll have to pay 50k IDR to one of the locals who owns this part of the rice field. All throughout the rice fields you will also find large swings that are a popular Instagram opportunity. If you’d like to use one, you will have to pay around 150k IDR to 250k IDR. We decided not to do the swing because we found it too overpriced just for a photo with our budget. Be sure to check out our Top Instagram Spots In Bali Blog for all the best places for photos!
As we were leaving the rice field, there were a few locals demanding a donation. It’s a good idea to bring some smaller notes so you’re not stuck with only large money. During the early hours of the morning, you won’t find many locals around.
Update 2019 – Revisiting Tegalalang Rice Terrace for Sunrise
After being back in Bali, we decided to revisit one of our all time favourite places for sunrise. Everything was just as we remembered, although this time we wanted to explore a bit more to find some new photo spots. We went at sunrise again and found quite a lot of people at the usual spot. If you walk around to the other side, behind the main photo spot, there is another really awesome place to take photos. There weren’t many other people around and you also don’t have to pay a fee.
This spot is just as beautiful and is also perfect for capturing the sun rays. The bendy palm tree is also super unique and looks incredible in photos, especially as the sun peaks through. If you find that there is a crowd at the main spot, we definitely recommend checking out this new location.
Where to Stay
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is easily accessible from Ubud but you can also drive from Canggu or Seminyak. Ubud is a popular area to stay in Bali. It’s known for its jungle accommodation and villas made entirely out of Bamboo. You’ll also find plenty of shops, bars, and delicious trendy restaurants nearby.
The Four Seasons – Luxury: If you’re looking for ultimate luxury, you can’t skip The Four Seasons. They’re one of the best hotels in Ubud and have incredible facilities from rice fields to a breathtaking rooftop pond which even looks over the whole hotel. The Four Seasons is located amongst the lush tropical valleys by the river where guests can treat themselves to relaxing spa treatment and delicious dining options.
Bambuh Indah – Midrange: If you’re after a jungle hideaway made of Bamboo, then check out Bambu Indah. It’s a once in a lifetime experience to sleep in a home made entirely out of bamboo! The eco-luxury villa is located on the outskirts of Ubud where you’ll have panoramic views of mountains, rice paddies and hills. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool and massage services
Kememai Hostel – Budget: If you’re looking for a hostel, you can check out Kememai Hostel. It’s a popular hostel located in central Ubud, and they also have a beautiful rooftop restaurant. The rooms are clean and modern, making this place a great option for budget travellers.
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