A “Truly Marvelous” Cultural Landscape
On the foothils of the Batukaru Volcano, men have transformed the landscape and turned it into one of the most spectacular places on the whole of Bali.
The rice terraces of Jatiluwih were recently added on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it is inconceivable to stay in Bali without seeing them! Even the name Jatiluwih means “truly marvelous” (in case you were not convinced yet).
It will take you less than 2 hours to escape the tourist crowds of Kuta and reach Jatiluwih. Don’t sleep in the car, you will be delighted by the lush greenery of the Balinese countryside.
It is also interesting to learn about the Balinese water management system between farmers that they call Subak. The Subak system is more than water management. It is a whole philosophy harmonious relationship between God, Humans and Nature. It all creates like a large artificial ecosystem. It is actually the Subak that was awarded by the UNESCO, as a “Cultural Landscape”.
There are various ways to visit Jatiluwih, either on your own with a rented war (with or without a driver), or with a travel agency that can also provide different activities like hiking or cycling.
Address: Jl. Batu Luwih Kawan No.5, Jatiluwih, Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia
GPS: 8°22’12.81″S, 115° 7’52.15″E
Best way to go: With rented car & driver, or tour with local travel agency
Entrance fee: IDR 40,000 for foreign tourists, IDR 15,000 for Indonesian citizens
Duration of visit: 3 hours, or more
Best season: Possible all year round, best weather from April to September