Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is a famous tourist destination in west part of Bali featured by the breathtaking view of rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. It has been well appointed as one of UNESCO World Heritages since the site has been able to maintain the local culture heritage in form of water irrigation system managed traditionally called by SUBAK. It is one of recommended places to visit in Bali with the beautiful view as according to its name from Jati and luwih, where Jati mean really and Luwih meaning especial, good, and beautiful or the equivalent. The local paddies are planted in this place look typically of the high relative size plant compared with other pre-eminent paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. in line to this, Jatiluwih also famous with its organic agriculture system due to the located in the in the plateau of Watukaru Mount which is suitable for the agriculture development.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali Places of Interest
Jatiluwih is surrounded by cool atmosphere because it is located in the height of 700 meters above sea level. Besides its nature potency, Jatiluwih is also saving the cultural potency, especially history of the Petali Temple existence that is related to the power of Ida Dalem Waturenggong King in Keraton Gelgel (1460 – 1552). The distance from Denpasar to Jatiluwih is about 48 km and it is situated in upstate of Tabanan town (28 Km). The road to this place has been progressively improved so that motor vehicle can enter from east side through Pacung Village and go to Jatiluwih and also from the west side from Watukaru Temple pass to Jatiluwih.
Jatiluwih is many visited by tourist from local and foreign countries who want to enjoy the cold atmosphere and beautiful panorama of rice terrace. Jatiluwih as a nature tourist destination in Bali which has been recognized since Dutch colonial build the Security Headquarter and until now the local residents conceives with the Dutch Tangs. Indonesian government has assigned the Jatiluwih to be a Tourist Destination Village because of this potency.
UNESCO World Heritages
Jatiluwih is one of Bali’s province landscape who own specific type includes rural, rice field and strong organization who manage irrigation system called by SUBAK. The UNESCO was appointed this site as one of the World Heritage Sites on 26 July 2012 from long effort to propose it since 2003 by Bali’s government. This appointment was covering 14 Subak and 11 villages consisted of 2,372 ha of rice field, 3,545 ha of garden, 9,316 ha of forest, 317 ha of housing area and 475 ha of wild bush.
Other Bali Places to Visit
Jatiluwih also keep the unique religious ceremony attraction which is famous know as Patirtaan in Petali Temple on Wednesday Kliwon Ugu (Based on Balinese Calendar). The local residents believe that Petali Temple is a worship center of The Hyang Widhi Wasa (the God) as agriculture power. Beside of Petali Temple , there is also Pucak Rsi Temple is located in this area. As a tourist object, Jatiluwih provides the public facilities like parking area, toilet, resting bale and Wantilan for tourist who is enjoying the beautiful panorama. Some restaurants have been built to serve the food and beverage.
Watukaru Tour is an exciting tour to visit Watukaru Temple and other tourist destinations like Jatiluwih. The other places of interest near by includes Watukaru Temple, Ulun Danu Temple, Beratan Lake, Botanical Garden, Taman Ayun Temple, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, Bali Butterfly Park, Penatahan Hot Spring, Subak Museum and Tanah Lot. Meanwhile other places of interest in Tabanan Regency that recommended to visit includes Serijong Temple, Blemantung Waterfall and Belimbing Rice Terrace. Another our land tour is covering Jatiluwih as a tour destination is Dolphin Watching Singaraja Lovina Tours.