It is impossible to visit Bali and not come across numerous temples and rice field terrace.
Rice, in addition to being a staple food Balinese, is part of the local culture. Cultivation is done according to ancient rituals, inextricably linked to religion and philosophy site.
The planting and irrigation system of rice field terrace is known as Subak. The land is cropped out into layers or terraces (rice terrace) for the water begins to be accumulated in certain spots, but it also flow naturally from the hilltop to the lower area.
The idea is to cultivate rice, creating a harmonious relationship with the gods, with the ground and with other people. This, indeed, is the basis of all Balinese philosophy – Tri Hita Karana
It is not surprising, therefore, that in the rice fields there are shrines in honor of the Goddess of Rice, Dewi Sri, one of the main deities worshiped on the island, and the harvest is the result of the collective efforts of all members of the community.
Due to its sustainable and all philosophy, the Subak was recently recognized by UNESCO as world heritage of mankind.
The rice fields terrace are almost works of art. One of the nicest is the Tegallalang, which is about 15 minutes from the center of Ubud. The fields are various shades of green and are extremely well maintained. The coconut trees still give an extra charm.
Be sure to walk through the rice fields to explore close its distinctive architecture. The best way is to hire one of the many young people who are in place to show what the best way to descend and ascend, because the fields look like mazes.
After the tour, relax in one of the many cafes overlooking the rice fields. It may be a good opportunity to experience the famous Balinese coffee Kopi Luwak, regarded as the most expensive coffee in the world.