Terraced Rice Paddies

Terraced fields both decrease erosion and surface runoff, and may be used to support growing crops that require irrigation, such as rice.The emerald-green rice terraces in the river gorge north of Tegallalang village in central Bali are generally considered to offer travelers the best photo opportunity. Other popular lush-green and well-tended Balinese rice paddy sites include those in the Ubud area (including Sayan), and in Pupuan, Jatiluwih. Tabanan and Tirtagangga. The Balinese rice terraces go back over 2,000 years when hard-working farmers with primitive hand tools began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hill sides. Generation after generation has extended and kept them in meticulous shape out of necessity, rice is the staple food of the islanders. The Sheraton Bali Kuta is one of the best Resort in Kuta, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has 203 spacious rooms which overlooks the beautiful rice paddies and Bali strait. There are three fabulous, scrumptious dining restaurants at the hotel, which overlooks the sparkling Indian Ocean.

Although the maze of rice fields that blanket Bali’s flat lands are not quite as visually striking as the rice terraces that follow the natural contours of the hills, they are stunningly picturesque in their own right. Rice terraces throughout the world are photogenic. Of all of them, those in Bali are the most beautiful. Rice grows very well in Bali and the quality is excellent. Padi Bali is the old traditional Balinese rice, grown from time immemorial, but now largely replaced by “new” or “miracle” rice. Bali Padi takes 210 days to grow, the length of the Balinese year. Bali rice is the staple diet of the Balinese. The word nasi (rice) also means “meal”. The Balinese cannot really conceive of a meal without rice.


Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.