Following the tourist trail through Ubud is not difficult, there are the usual temples and diversions and if you venture outside the town plenty of gorgeous vistas await.
One of the most photographed locations in the area are the rice terraces of Tegalalang. True, it is swarmed by tourist vans and trinket sellers however it still manages to be fairly tranquil and wonderfully photogenic. If you are on an organised tour it will surely feature on the trip list, if you have your own transport it’s about a twenty minute drive north of Ubud itself.
The valley is flanked on the west side by the main road with art and craft shops lining either side and a plethora of coffee shops and cafes cascading down the shallow but fairly steep slope. Pick your spot for a picture perfect view and relax!
Apart from the wonderful example of terraced rice cultivation and a hint of the hard work involved it is also a great spot to people watch. Tourists arrive like flocks of lambs, cavorting and gambolling gaily down the hillside, sometimes with hilarious consequences.
The rice terraces are flooded and even those that look dry hold a damp surprise for those unwary enough to plant a foot on them. Selfie stick, GoPro and iPhone holders alike sink into the clasping mud dunking their precious cameras and footwear in the sucking black gunk. Ankles can be turned leaping along the meandering paths and it is a long way back up!
Nevertheless it is definitely worth the visit and along with some great pictures, assuming you don’t kill your camera, a lovely place to while away an hour or so.