Did you know that Bali’s cultural landscape was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2012? The province’s five rice terraces and their water temples, dating back to the 9th century, are said to “reflect the world's cultural and natural diversity of outstanding universal value.”
This tour whisks you through all the major sites in one day, starting with the 18th-century Royal Water Temple of Pura Taman Ayun. UNESCO claims the latter to be “the largest and most impressive architectural edifice of its type on the island.” You will then be shuttle to the Water Temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan on the edge of Lake Bratan. The vistas here will take your breath away, as you stand before the crater lake regarded as the ultimate origin of every spring and river in Bali. Before moving on, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant to energize you for what’s to come. The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are up next, one of Bali’s oldest and best examples of terraced paddy landscape. Local communities still practice sustainable farming here, exhibiting the resilience and vibrancy of Balinese culture.
A fiery sunset will be your final reward at the dramatic Tanah Lot Temple, which means ‘land in the sea’ in the local tongue. You will stand before the 16th-century edifice on the edge of the water and soak in the atmosphere where people have been worshipping the sea gods for hundreds of years.