No cycling holiday in Bali is complete without a ride through the Tabanan region to the world-famous Jatiluwih rice terraces. This dramatic landscape is photogenic 365 days a year, making it perfect for selfies to create jealousy at home. The breathtaking ride to the summit includes 600 metres of climbing and plenty of opportunities to pocket Strava segments on this little-used road.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace – UNESCO World Heritage Listed
The world-famous Jatiluwih rice terraces are a natural phenomenon that rivals other natural sights in Bali such as Mt Batur or Mt Kintamani. With over 600Ha of rice fields covering the mountainous topography of the Batukara mountain range, you will see photo opportunities everywhere you look, and will feel a deep sense of satisfaction for cycling to a location usually only seen in photos.
The terraces are maintained by a well-maintained water management cooperative called subak, which dates back to the 9th century. For a closer look, it is possible to walk or even mountain bike along tracks that pass through the largest and most picturesque rice fields in Bali.
Visiting Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Shortly before the summit, there is a lookout that offers a welcome respite from the climbing, and panoramic views of the surrounding rice terrace covered mountains. From there, it is only three kilometres to the summit. Along the way, there is an entrance requiring a fee that goes to the local cooperative, but don’t stop, keep riding! We’ll cover the fee for you.
At the top, Billy’s Terrace Café is the perfect spot for a refreshing juice and a snack, as the open-air dining area gives you an elevated view over the whole region. After cooling off, take a walk around the summit and take in the vastness of this incredible destination.
To get home, we descend off the back-side of the mountain, passing through rice fields unseen by the tour busses. We like to take the road less travelled.