Jatiluwih, one of the most picturesque areas lies about 20 kilometers north of Tabanan, in Bali’s western region. Situated majestically in the hills 850 meters above sea level, Jatiluwih means ”really beautiful”. An appropriate name indeed with expansive views across terraced rice paddies, undulating hills and valleys. Arrive at lunchtime and enjoy a meal in the restaurant while soaking up the view, cool climate and fresh air. It is stretch from the foothill of the volcano of Batukaru to the south coast. The name Jatiluwih originally mean “sangat indah” in Indonesian or really marvelous.
It is deserve the name as along the way you will be amazed with the real part of Bali, the wonderful of true Balinese ambience, paddies harvesting, the flock of the duck, water buffaloes, farms houses, all that images to remember Bali in your heart. The rice terraces are the most magnificent and striking features of the landscape. When you are lucky to see the Balinese working on rice planting or harvesting, you will be welcome to join the activities, just to taste a little bit their fascinating life. Along the way, you can observe many tropical fruits and vegetations. There is also a good restaurant for you, with off course the background of Jatiluwih rice terrace and the sacred volcano Batukaru in a distance.
Jatiluwih is a favorite tourist destination in Bali famous with the beautiful rice terrace unfolding from the foot of mountain until the coastal side. It is one of places to visit in Bali with the beautiful view as according to its name from Jati and luwih, where “Jati” mean really and “Luwih” meaning especial, good, and beautiful or the equivalent. The local paddies are planted in this place look typically of the high relative size plant if it is compared with other pre-eminent paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. Despitefully, Jatiluwih also famous with its organic agriculture system due to the location is located 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 the 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 motorcycle 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 visited by tourist from local and foreign a country who wants to enjoy the cold atmosphere and beautiful panorama of rice terraces. Jatiluwih as a nature tourist destination in Bali which has been recognized since Dutch colonial build 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.