World is now facing Indonesia again after Bali is nominated as the World Cultural Heritage for its amazing Jatiluwih Rice Terrace in June, 29th 2012. This becomes the main interest among the locals and foreigners on how the rice fields can win the heart of the people in UNESCO.
In this regard, there will be something unique that some other nominees do not have and it does not merely about green rice field but the valuable story behind the natural panorama. What the both domestics and foreigners need to know is about the irrigation system on making the rice thrive well and its beautiful scenery when it is observed from certain points.
Thus, it is not big surprise if Jatiluwih Rice Terrace becomes the must-see destinations in Bali that offers the visitors with many good things to learn about.
Where is Jatiluwih Rice Terrace located?
Among the beautiful natural panorama in Bali, one of the best site to learn more about Bali’s culture is in Jatiluwih where you will find the vast sized rice field designed as if the terrace. With the tropical climate that covers its site, the 34 km2 of Jatiluwih village has temperature 200C in average. Located in the heart of Tabanan Regency, Penebel District visitors can reach Jatiluwih Rice Terrace by taking two-hour-drive form Kuta or Denpasar.
Since the vast majority of the citizen residing in the area work as farmer, it is no wonder if there are many vacant lands that turn out to be the rice field with the unique design. Due to its nature, there will be something that the rice of Jatiluwih is different from others.
In other words, the rice produced from Jatiluwih Rice Terrace can stand for three months without any changes in taste or color and the good texture after cooking makes the rice from Jatiluwih becomes popular among the Balinese.
What makes Jatiluwih Rice field successfully attract the visitors?
The truly exotic Jatiluwih Rice Terrace in West Bali is situated in the highlands where it comprises over 600 Ha. To maintain the rice field grows well, the traditional water management irrigation that later known as “Subak” has been implemented since 9th century.
Such implementation causes the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace gained its success as the recognition of Bali’s cultural landscape. Blessed with 150 streams and rivers, the irrigation in Subak system will not run well without the hand of all man. The complex system has different level in which the lowest level is fed by the dam while the head of Subak is named Klian Subak is appointed by the members.
On the other hand, in the larger Subak at Jatiluwih Rice field fed by the canal, the lowest level is named as tempek. The water itself originates from the two temples namely Pura Batu Kau and Pura Ulun Danu that these two lakes coordinate different part of Bali that needs irrigation.
As you plan to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, there are many interesting activities that you can do with your parents or friends. Having lunch with the panoramic view can be done by order the foods in small restaurant located in Jatiluwih Green Land.
Besides, trekking activities would be highly recommended since you will be able to get closer with the locals in the farm. These activities can be done as long as you spend the time in Jatiluwih Rice field.