Shades Of Green At Jatiluwih

Published 01 Mar 2017   

Text: Zia Aussum

“This is a craziest shade of immature I’ve ever seen. If J.Crew named this colour they’d call it something like ‘neon avocado’ or ‘Java lime’ and even then, a name would never sufficient constraint a implausible fluorescent peculiarity of this green.”

I’m station during a start of a movement routes of Jatiluwih, UNESCO-protected rice fields in a west of Bali, designated interjection to their purpose in a island’s subak H2O complement – a singular H2O government mild dating behind to a 9th century. My transport messenger is Daniela Andrews, a Canadian author and traveller who recently detected a considerable site and is still bowled over by a colourful colours and implausible views. “This colour is singular to Bali,” she says, “You won’t find this in a Crayola box, not even a 64-colour super pack. This shade usually exists on a Island of a Gods.”

At initial peek a colour is indeed spellbinding, and in fact varied. Jatiluwih encompasses over 600 hectares of rice fields during a feet of Mount Batukaru and any tract is during a opposite theatre in a expansion process, formulating a patchwork of absinthe, apple, moss, celadon, citron, jade, emerald, and lime.

Walking paths and tract dividers crisscross a landscape, providing opening for farmers and tourists alike, yet we won’t find many of a latter. Despite a monumental beauty, birthright designation, and abounding opportunities for activity and uninformed air, Jatiluwih is roughly totally abandoned of visitors. During a two-hour trek we mark about a dozen tourists, all of them during a really commencement of a paths, where observation platforms yield copiousness of print op’s though indeed carrying to trek really distant – good news for anyone seeking outward activities though a crowds. Aside from a occasional internal rancher or dragonfly, Jatiluwih is your personal playground, watchful to be discovered.


Stunning scenery. Jatiluwih is nestled during a bottom of a mountains, charity thespian views.

There are a accumulation of movement routes trimming from brief to long, with nothing some-more severe than a resting transport among a fields. Leave your hiking poles during home; a span of trainers will do only excellent on these peaceful paths. The Red line offers a shortest loop during only 450 metres, with an estimated transport time of 45 mins (while many of a transport times seem formed on a snail’s pace, on a longer routes, a few wrong turns will really supplement to a clock).

Those seeking a longer transport will suffer a Orange line, 6.1 kilometres that run low into a fields, and take we past a Besikalung Temple archaeological site. If it feels like you’ve got all a time in a world, try a Orange + Blue loop, a 7.7 kilometre trek estimated during approximately 4 hours from commencement to end. On any track we can set out on your possess or with a beam (although if you’re anticipating to try a dedicated temple, a internal beam is required) and whichever track we choose, you’ll be rewarded with monumental landscapes and a kind of peace and ease many travellers design from Bali, though frequency find. And that’s where a loyal beauty of Jatiluwih lies, in an knowledge that will take we off a beaten trail and let we colour (in shining shades of green) outward a lines.


Protecting tradition. The fields are UNESCO-protected, designated interjection to their purpose in a island’s subak H2O system.

The Jatiluwih rice terraces are located in a Tabanan regency in west Bali. The site can be accessed by motorbike, car, or train and is approximately a 1h 30m expostulate from Ubud or a 1h 45m expostulate from Seminyak/Kuta. There is an opening price of IDR 20.000 / chairman to enter a site.

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