Jatiluwih Rice Terrace is a well-know tourist destination in west part of Bali island featured by the breathtaking view of rice terrace unfolding from the foot of the 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 the form of water irrigation system managed traditionally called by SUBAK. It is one of recommended places to visit in Bali with the spectacular view as according to its name from Jati and luwih, where Jati means really and Luwih meaning especial, good, and beautiful or the equivalent. The local paddies which are planted in this place look typically of the high relative size plant compared to other pre-eminent paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. in line to this, Jatiluwih is also well-known with its organic agriculture system due to the location in the in the plateau of Watukaru Mount which is suitable for the agriculture development.
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 both domesctic and foreign tourists who want to enjoy the cold atmosphere and amazing panorama of rice terrace. Jatiluwih as a nature tourist destination in Bali has been recognized since Dutch colonial built 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.
Jatiluwih is one of Bali province landscapes which owns specialties such as rural amazement, rice field and strong organization which manages irrigation system called SUBAK. The UNESCO appointed this site as one of the World Heritage Sites on 26th of July 2012 from long efforts to propose it since 2003 by the government of Bali province. This appointment covers 14 Subaks and 11 villages consisting 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.
Jatiluwih also preserves the unique religious ceremony attraction which is well- 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 Petali Temple , there is also Pucak Rsi Temple which 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 enjoy the beautiful panorama. Some restaurants have been built to serve food and beverage. 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.
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