Tegalalang Rice Terraces
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are famous for the beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the Subak which is the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system. According to history, this irrigation technology was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the eighth century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud's shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.
Tegallalang and its neighbouring rice terraces offer a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice paddies on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is calming and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take scenic photos. Painters and nature lovers also adore visiting this spot. Art-lovers will undoubtedly love the numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their artisanal wares.
The rice terraces serve as a highlight photo-op in the Tegallalang area and souvenir shopping options abound along the roadsides. The trip to Pakudui village is also worth its while. Pakudui is reachable after a right turn up from the famed rice paddy outlook. With that in mind, Bali is truly blessed with the wonderful gift of agricultural engineering known to man.
The small village of Pakudui, a craftsman’s dominion located in Tegallalang, is a journey of witnessing the splendour of local talent at its best. Here you will find an extraordinary variety of ornamental woodwork and various carvings. The villagers here are avid Balinese craftsmen and have taken up different forms of sculptures, either handed down through generations or as a result of an ever-growing creative process using the most natural of all media: wood.