A Lush Escape: 7 Best Things To Do In Tegallalang, Indonesia

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Located in the island of Bali, the district of Tegallalang is known for its lush rice paddies, rich arts scene, and quiet countryside life. It is an ideal destination for couples seeking a relaxing escape, and also for solo travelers aiming for a soul-searching trip like Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat Pray Love.”

Want to experience Tegallalang for yourself? We’ve prepared a list of some of the best things you can do while you’re here. Whether you’ll be traveling with a loved one or flying alone, you’ve got to have a good time in Tegallalang!

1. Marvel at the Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Rice Terrace in Ubud
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Tegallalang is best known for its lush rice terraces. What better way to start your vacation with a visit to the district’s most popular attraction! Tegallalang Rice Terraces was made using “subak,” the traditional Balinese irrigation system. The rice paddies spread across the slopes of the valley, making for a picture perfect view. Aside from travelers, artists also frequent the area and draw inspiration from the scenery. Best time to go is early in the morning to avoid the influx of tourists in groups. Two other similar terraced landscapes are located at Pejeng and Campuhan.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Address: Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

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2. Have a meal or a drink at the Rice Terrace Cafe

Nasi Goreng
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Can’t get enough of Tegallalang Rice Terraces? Stay a little longer and have a meal at the Rice Terrace Cafe while savoring the cool weather and the great views. The cafe is open from 7 am to 8 pm and offers local favorites such as nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice), satay (skewered and grilled meat with sauce), and gado gado (Indonesian salad with vegetables and hardboiled eggs). They also offer vegetarian-friendly meals. The dining area has a gazebo-like feel, with low tables and cushions on the floors for guests to sit on.

Rice Terrace Cafe

Address: Jalan Raya Ceking, Kedisan, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Indonesia

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3. Shop for handicrafts at Tegallalang Handicraft Center

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After filling your tummy with authentic Indonesian food, it’s time to explore once again and search for the best locally made souvenirs at Tegallalang Handicraft Center. It has rows of colorful shops offering an array of items from ornaments and furniture to clothing and accessories. One of the most popular souvenir items is the batik sarong, a traditional Indonesian clothing made of dye fabric that can be worn by both men and women. You might also spot locals selling young coconut drinks and woven hats made of coconut leaves.

Tegallalang Handicraft Center

Address: Jalan Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, North of Ubud, Indonesia

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4. Meditate at Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

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Because of its great weather and untouched scenery, Tegallalang remains popular among travelers for relaxation and meditation. Tegallalang and the surrounding communities have temples where you can spend all afternoon soaking in the atmosphere, wandering quietly, and appreciating ancient Indonesian architecture. One of the most popular is Gunung Kawi Sebatu, a Hindu water temple dedicated to the water ruler Vishnu. It has three main parts: the main courtyard, the shrine, and the bathing pools. There is a belief that visiting this temple can help purify the body from bad influences.

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple

Address: Jl. Raya Biyad, Tegallalang, Sebatu, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Indonesia

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5. Get a refreshing massage at Sinar Natural Body Healing & Spa

Sinar Natural Body Healing & Spa is located at Bangkiang Sidem Village and offers all natural treatments to help soothe the body. There is Balinese massage for an instance, a full-body treatment that applies the techniques of acupressure, reflexology, and aromatherapy. Another treatment is the Balinese Healing Body Scrub which is believed to relieve muscle pain, back pain, and arthritis. Also included on the list of services are the Exotic Milk Bath, Organic Healing Facial, Hair Oil Treatment, and Ear Candling. Sinar, the owner of the spa, has 17 years of experience in the industry. She also teaches about proper massage techniques.

Sinar Natural Body Healing & Spa

Address: Jl. Bangkiang Sidem, Tegallalang, Indonesia

Contact number: +62 81236057202

Facebook: Sinar Natural Body Healing & Spa

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6. Learn about the coffee making process at Alas Harum Agro Tourism

Bali 003 - Ubud - famous lukaw coffee
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Kopi Luwak, also known as civet coffee, is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. It is made using partly-digested coffee cherries by the Asian palm civet. If you happen to be interested in Kopi Luwak or the coffee industry of Indonesia in general, a visit to Alas Harum Agro Tourism in Tegallalang would be ideal. The entrance is free and the staff gives quick tours around the farm to explain the processes involved in making their popular coffee. Visitors also get a chance to taste civet coffee for a lesser price compared to those offered in cafes and hotels.

Alas Harum Agro Tourism

Address: Tegallalang, Indonesia

Website: Alas Harum Agro Tourism

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7. Try wood carving at Ada Garuda Gallery

Wood carving is another art form popular in Tegallalang. To witness some of the best wood carvers in the country, head to Ada Garuda Gallery which is owned by internationally recognized wood artist Mr. Made Ada. He is known for making carvings of the fire dragon, Indonesia’s national symbol. Take a look at the finished products in the museum, observe the process of wood carving at workshop, and see if you can do it yourself! There is also a theater where Balinese dance shows are held several times a month.

Ara Aruda Gallery

Address: Pakudui Garuda Village, Tegallalang, Indonesia

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Savor the nature, culture and arts in Tegallalang

Tegallalang is where nature, culture, and arts merge. It offers many ways to keep your soul nourished and make your stay enjoyable. Plan your trip well and have fun!

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