Tegallalang rice terraces
The magic island of Bali has a lot of interesting places to visit. Such one place is the Tegallalang rice terraces. The rice terraces are not far from the city of Ubud. Just a couple of kilometres north. Ubud is the centre of Balinese art and culture.
Tegallalang village is famous for its rice terrace. The small village is a traditional Balinese village. The location is on the main road between Ubud and Kintamani. However, Tegallalang rice terraces are in a valley beside the road. Along the road, many little shops have settled and waiting for customers.
Besides the real purpose of rice farming, the rice terraces are a tourist highlight and hotspot today in Bali. Many visitors stopover here to visit the unique way of agriculture.
The amazing view of the beautiful cultivated rice terrace gives an insight view into the culture of rice farming. But not only a view of the culture but also of the capability of the rice farmers as well. As a result of the work of generations, the rice terraces are also a testimony to Balinese contemporary history. Of course, space is limited on an island. That’s why the farmer uses the space wherever it’s possible to build terraces.
The skills to pile up, prepare and water the rice terraces are impressive. In the hilly area like Tegallalang, it’s the only way for rice farming. Where in Tuban the land is flat, and the rice terraces have only two or three little steps. But in Tegallalang the terraces have 10 and more steps.
Like everywhere in Asia rice is the most common dish and is served for all meals. In fact, farming is an important economic factor on Bali Island. Moreover, around half of all working people are farmers or employees with a job in Bali’s agriculture.