If you ever visit the exotic island of Indonesia, Bali, Tegalalang rice terrace is one of the places you definitely need to go. Situated in Ubud, the cliff features a breathtaking view.
Tegalalang village is located on 600 m above sea levels, covered by good temperature where most of the villages are agricultural. Make sure you don’t forget to wear good footwear, as it’s a decent hike around the terraces and the exotic weather makes it humid and slippery.
The economy of Bali strongly consists by it’s tourists. It’s really easy to access Ubud however, it’s preferable to go there with a private hire car since as you drive across the landscape up towards the jungle you will be able to see the real Balinese culture and art. You will notice thousands of small local bungalows selling colourful paintings, clothing, glass/bamboo/wooden items, Hindu statues and many more. Don’t hesitate to make stops.
You will come across the so called ‘Canang sari’ is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus in order to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. They are everywhere, you will see grown people and children making them in the streets, in houses, restaurants, markets, and on the ground or on in a larger offering.
Although, Bali is an island of Indonesia, the largest muslim country in the world, most of the population is Hindu. There are several temples along the road and I recommend, stoping at at least one!
Even if you don’t like monkeys, The Sacred Monkey Forest is a must go place! Baby monkeys, mama monkeys, papa monkeys running around the temple. What else do you need? I didn’t realise how aggressive these little creatures can be, until a woman in-front us got attacked by one, after she attempted taking a selfie with it.
Like all animals, they need to earn your trust before you attempt touching them or getting too close to them, or they’ll feel threatened and you don’t want that (duh!)
On our way back, our driver suggested we should stop by a coffee production. At first I wasn’t amazed by the idea, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of the trip. As we were walking though the jungle, I suddenly saw wildcats, I did’t realise immediately what their purpose was but I really found it odd.
Then, the farmer approached us and started explaining the whole process. Luwak coffee -the most expensive coffee in the world- basically, is produced by giving the coffee beans to the wildcats (mixture of beans and different fruits) to eat, then they shit it (yes, you heard right) and it is then cleaned and processed by humans.
In the middle of the jungle, there was a tall terrace in between the palm trees. You could hear the birds chirping and feel that exotic breeze. The location was really breath taking!