Jatiluwih is the name of a village which became one of the favorite tourist destinations in Bali island, which has a beautiful view of the rice fields with soil structure with a storied background of Mount Agung and Mount Batukaru skyline and located at an altitude of about 700 meters above sea level, Jatiluwih lies in Penebel district, in the north of Tabanan. Jatiluwih has gained recognition from UNESCO as a part of world cultural heritage.
The name of Jatiluwih comes from two words, namely ” Jati and Luwih “ which means true, main, good and beautiful or the equivalent. Jatiluwih is a very decent place to visit if you’re in Bali, because Jatiluwih surrounded by cool atmosphere and offers very natural atmosphere. In addition to the natural potential, Jatiluwih also holds the potential of culture, especially the history of the Petali temple related to the power of Ida Dalem Waturenggong the king of Keraton Gelgel ( 1460-1552 ). Jatiluwih also save the unique attraction such as religious ceremony which was known as Petirtaan held in Petali Temple, ceremonies conducted every Wednesday POND Ugu ( Based on Balinese Calendar ). The locals believe that Petali Temple was the center of worship to The Hyang Widhi Wasa (God) as the strength of agriculture. Aside from Petali Temple, there is also Pucak Rsi Temple which is located in this area.
The height of the plan is usually seen in the relative size compared to the other seed paddy planted by most farmers in Bali. In addition, Jatiluwih is also famous for its organic agriculture system due to its location on a plateau located in Mount Batukaru highly suitable for agricultural development. The system used by farmers in this area is the traditional Balinese irrigation system known as “subak” a water control system which is based on the Balinese. As an attraction, Jatiluwih much visited by tourists from foreign countries and local, because in addition to those mentioned above, Jatiluwih also provide public facilities such as parking lots, restrooms, break bale, restaurant and Wantilan.
How to get there
The road to this place has been enhanced, so that the motor vehicle can enter from east side through Pacung village and go to Jatiluwih and also from the west side of Batukaru temple toward Jatiluwih. The distance from Denpasar to Jatiluwih is about 48 km and it’s located in the northern part of the city around Tabanan ( 28 Km ). You can also go through two routes below if you wish to visit Jatiluwih:
Denpasar > Kediri > Tabanan > Penebel > Jatiluwih or,
- Denpasar > Mengwi > Baturiti > Jatiluwih .