Most people come to Bali to experience the marvelously rich culture heritage, some come for the beaches and the waves, some come for meetings and conventions, others for pure relaxation. But if you are a nature lover don’t miss Jatiluwih, with its breathtaking panorama of rich and fertile rice fields stretching from the foothills of Batukaru volcano to the south coast, which is located at the western district of Tabanan.
The western uplands of Batukaru are famed for its magnificent landscapes. The view from the mountain village takes in the whole of South Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, is Jatiluwih which means “Truly Marvelous”. A wonder of the world. It’s worth a venture.
There are many ways to see Bali and each serves its own purpose well. Motorcycles are a pleasant (but extremely risky) way to see the countryside and cooler than a car ride, Jeeps and minivans are also available for hire, with or without a driver. It is advisable to settle the price with the driver before starting on a journey.
Ducks in paddy fields
After passing the town of Tabanan, the road takes you to the north through the villages of Wanasari, Jeju, Buruan, and Wangaya Gede. On the route, you will be amazed by the wonderful rural countryside, with scattered farmhouses, a little shrine to place offerings dedicated to Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice. There are flocks of ducks that bathe and feed all day in the flooded paddy fields, and there are cascading terraces of rice fields, which is the most striking feature of this landscape.
Farmers planting rice on Bali
You will probably see farmers, working the rice, planting or harvesting, and if you are interested in what they are doing, you can stop and help them, you will be welcomed gladly.
“Alo turis, alo turis!” followed by giggles is the standard greeting from children everywhere on Bali. Older people will be more sedate but their curious eyes will follow you, as will their more modest greeting of “mau kemana” (where are you going).
Traveling in Bali can be exhilarating and getting off the beaten track can take you right to the heart of Balinese life, although you don’t have to stray far to experience it.
Praying at a Bali temple
On route to the village of Wanasari, there is a butterfly park, you can stop and watch various kinds of colorful tropical butterflies. And then nearby is the temple Pura Luhur and the holy spring of Air Panas, where hot water surges from the river bank. This strange, natural phenomenon is believed to be frequented by spirits. Thus, Air Panas is graced by a small temple where people make their prayers with offerings.
The journey continues up the road until it ends at Pura Luhur Batukaru (2,278 m / 7,474 ft). Being one of Bali’s most venerated temples, every West Balinese temple has a shrine dedicated to it, it is isolated within its solitary clearing far above the populated farmlands. The dense rainforest of this upland would invite every adventurer to explore it. Wild orchids, healing herbs, fragrant spices, and exotic trees can be found in the mystical heart and soul of this amazing island.
Bali beach wedding
Then, the final destination (the end of the journey) is the mountain village of Jatiluwih, a breathtaking panorama of genuine, and the most fertile terraced rice fields on the island. It is said to be the granary of the whole Island. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking feature and stretch from the foothill of the Batukaru volcano to the south coast. The cool western uplands, overlooking half the island, offer magnificent views.
Fountain garden Bali
On the route to Jatiluwih, you can observe tropical plantations of coffee, coconuts, cacaos, cloves, jack fruits, bananas, papayas, sirsaks, an extremely juicy fruit, rambutans, mangoes, durians (the smelly fruit,), etc.
The western upland is the most interesting area to hike. If you love hiking (don’t forget your picnic basket). A true journey to the secret soul of Bali. But if you want to have your meals at a restaurant, continue your travel to the east till you arrive at Pacung, there is a good restaurant which offers delicious buffet lunch, with the view of even more wonderful terraced rice fields, and the sacred volcano Batukaru in the distance.
Waka Land Cruise is a reputable company and has been organizing adventure tours to the secret soul of Bali. Travel by luxury Land Rover, on tiny country roads and tracks, through terraced rice fields and untouched rainforests to the real heart of Bali.
So keep in mind the beautiful Island of Bali for your next vacation, because it would be well worth a visit.
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