Most people come to Bali to experience the marvelously rich cultural 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, which is a breathtaking panorama of genuine and fertile rice fields that stretch from the foothills of Batukaru volcano to the south coast.
It is located in the western district of Tabanan. This western upland of Batukaru is famed for its magnificent landscapes. The view from the mountain village, Jatiluwih, takes in the whole of South Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. A wonder of the world. It’s worth a venture.
You can initiate your trip in the morning leaving the hotel at 09.00. A.M. 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 ride in a car. Jeep 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.
After passing the town of Tabanan the road takes you to the north through the villages of Wanasari, Jegu, Buruan, and Wangaya Gede. On the route you will be amazed by the wonderful rural ambiance; farmhouses, characteristically, a little shrine to place offerings dedicated to Dewi Sri the Goddess of rice, plowing, flocks of ducks that are brought to bathe and feed all day in the flooded paddies, and harvesting, that one picture when remembering Bali. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape.
If you see farmers are working the rice, planting, or harvesting, and if you are interested in experience it, you can stop and join them, you will be welcomed gladly. “Alo turis, alo turis!” followed by giggles is the standard greeting from children everywhere in 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 feel it.
On the route to the village of Wanasari, there is a butterflies park, you can stop and watch various kinds of colorful tropical butterflies. And then nearby the temple Pura Luhur is the holy spring of Air Panas, where hot water surges from the river bank. All strange, natural phenomena are 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 dead-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 could be discovered in this mystical heart and soul of this amazing island.
Then, the last destination (the goal of the journey) is the mountain village Jatiluwih, a breathtaking panorama of genuine and the most fertile terraced rice fields on the island. It is said as the granary of the whole of Bali. Perched on a high terraced slope, Jatiluwih deserves its name, which means “Truly Marvelous”. The cascading terraces of rice fields are the most striking features of the landscape. Stretch from the foothill of Batukaru volcano to the south coast. The cool western uplands, overlooking half the island, offer magnificent views.
On the route to Jatiluwih, you can observe many kinds of tropical vegetation; coffee, coconuts, cacaos, cloves, jack fruits, bananas, papayas, streaks, 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 that offers delicious buffet lunch – with its wonderful sight of terraces rice fields, and the sacred volcano Batukaru in the distance.
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So keep in mind the beautiful Bali for your holiday, because it would be worth venturing there.