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Jatih Luwih Rice terraces

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"Real" Bali: Jatih Luwih Rice Terraces Selemadeg  Indonesia

"Real" Bali: Jatih Luwih Rice Terraces

Jatiluwih is a landscape of rice terraces as far as your eye reaches! The rich green is a treat for your eyes and soul. It is a rural settlement with a beautiful landscape of terraced and meandering paddy fields at the foot of Mt. Batukaru or Batu Kau. About 50 kilometers from Denpasar, Jatiluwih lies at an altitude of 700 meters, which unsurprisingly makes the area pleasantly cool. It is one of Bali’s eco-tourism destinations.

I read about the “hidden Bali tips” and planned a trip. We hired a jeep and headed on a day’s tour to Jatiluwih. The road leads through small villages, is very bumpy, but the trip is worth all the effort. Getting there is experiencing Bali deeper and beyond the “tourist” Bali. Passing through the villages, you get to witness local traditions and culture too: we had the opportunity to witness a funeral procession, which of course made the narrow road and street lining village come to a still stand for almost 40 minutes. Once you are there, the view of those rich green rice terraces as far as your eye reaches is just too beautiful and soothing for the eyes. The green is interrupted by the water streams flowing through them. This is the “Subak” System, which is UNESCO protected.