Desa Jatiluwih is located at the administrative area of Kecamatan Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, very closed to national park border of Mount Batukaru around 65 km from Denpasar. One can reach the village via the road leading from Denpasar to Bedugul, and in Pacung village, take the road to the left before the restaurant, or from the town of Baturiti take the road to the left downward. The location of this village is a little bit lower then the altitude of Bedugul which is around 800 meters above sea level. One can also take the road from Tabanan city to the north, the only one biggest road leading to the village of Wangaya or Batukaru temple, and take strait direction at the small town called Tuak Ilang to head to the town of Penebel. From the town continue to the road heading to the north which is slightly ascending to the slope of the mountain. For a sightseeing drive the best route is approaching the place from Tabanan city, visiting hot spring at Penatahan village, Batukaru Temple, then continue to Jatiluwih. From Jatiluwih continue to Bedugul via Pacung village or Baturiti town. So one can reach Bedugul around 14.00 still at lunch time, if departure from Kuta, Nusa Dua or Sanur a bit early or latest by 08.00 am.
Interest of Jatiluwih
The name of Jatiuwih comes from 2 Balinese words jati + luwih. Jati means real, and luwih means beautiful or excellent. This name is given to the vast stretch of rice field dug in terraces on the slope of mount Batukaru. The rice terrace forms beautiful sight at all seasons, during the watering, or before planting the rice looks like a tremendous construction big glass with irregular size of frames. When the rice almost reaches harvest time, often the color varied between green, and dark yellow. This mixture of color forms a breathtaking views on such a wide view over the terraces which border is very far away down there. Road that cut the rice terrace near the top border is a good place to enjoy this man made natural scenery. A strong waterfall can be visited on foot just at the end of the terrrace corner in a valley not more then 1 km from the main road. This is quiet big volume falls from around 15 meters, causing a strong wind blows. The environment is still being kept natural not trouble of shops or any activiies except rice farming close to this fall. The source of the water is a big spring on the slope of Batukaru mountain, very clean and has been splited a part to be supplied to the resident of Tabanan city as daily needs. The spring has been pipelined since Dutch era of 1910.
View of the Scenery
At one of the high place where has been built a hall by the villagers. Here local people can open small restaurant or selling snacks to the visitors. From here is the best point to enjoy the view which location is almost in the middle of the road from the west border and east border of the rice field. At the west border is the original village of Jatiluwih with some still traditional houses made of red clay, and some stall selling rice. In the east border there are a restaurant and stable where one can hire a horse to explore the area or arrange a trekking to mount Batukaru higher slope of even to the peak. Further up from the rice terrace near the border to the forest there is a waterfall around 25 meters with natural clean water arising a strong wind up to 10 meters from the fall. This water source is still further up the slope around 300 meters which is not too steep.
Blessing of Mt. Batukaru
At the back ground of Jatiluwih rice terrace is Mount Batukaru, the second highest peak in Bali after Mount Agung or 2671 meters above sea level. The same as Gunung Agung Gunung Batukaru also has big temple on its southern slope, but Gunung Agung does not have a temple on the top of the mountain like Batukaru. During the ceremony at the temple on the slope of the mountain people also hike up to the top to perform the ceremony at the top of the mountain. It takes around 5 hours to trek from temple below to the temple at the top of the mountain. Jatiluwih rice terrace has been the most popular visit for a tour itinerary combining a sightseeing to the center and west of Bali. A popular trip visiting Jatiluwih is called Bedugul Jatiluwith tour which is started to stop at Taman Ayun Temple, then continue to Bedugul mountain resort with it's interesting places such as Ulun Danu temple, Botanical garden, and fruit market, then continue the trip to Jatiluwith through the beautiful country sides via Baturiti town. After Jatiluwih rice terrace one can continue or not to the Temple of Batukaru. If it is continued then a combination to visit Tanah Lot will give good time, since Tanah Lot temple is beautiful during the sunset
Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.
- Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting see description
- Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century see description
- Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. see description