Tegallalang is famous for its picturesque rice terraces, created by the Balinese traditional irrigation system called subak.
According to legend, this system was passed down to the Balinese by the priest Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century AD.
In addition to Tegallalang, there are two other impressive rice terraces in the areas of Pejeng and Champuan. However, Tegallalang is the most popular and extensive one.
Along the central road that offers views of Tegallalang throughout the day, buses and cars with tourists stop. This is an excellent place to admire the green raging sea of rice fields and take impressive photos in the cool shade.
You can descend down a winding path to the stream and then climb up to the opposite side of the terraces. Along the way, you'll encounter a farmer who will offer you refreshing coconut water or the opportunity to buy a woven traditional hat.
For a small fee, you can take photos with the props of an old man and play the role of a Balinese farmer.
On the path, there are several posts where local residents collect money for further passage. Some locals ask for money if you've taken their photo. If you'd like to avoid most of these fees, come early in the morning when there aren't as many tourists yet, and while the soft, alluring morning light spreads across the open fields.
On the terraces, you can ride on swings that offer a view of the fields. And "riding" in our Instagram times also means, of course, capturing an Instagram-worthy moment.
For decoration enthusiasts, there are structures with signs like "I love Bali" here, which will help you express your feelings in photos if they're not clearly readable on your faces.
At the top near the main road, souvenir stalls gather, offering textiles, wooden carved decorations, and a whole sea of odds and ends.
You can reach the terraces by car or bike in about 20 minutes. They are located approximately 9 kilometers from the central street of Ubud.