Ultimate self care is an holistic approach that involves mind, body and spirit. Our e-bike morning tour from Ubud to Tegallang ticks all the boxes.
the tour begins when the stretch golf buggy arrives to push us up from the hotel. We are them deposited at the departure point to sign the waiver forms as per normal procedure. Our guides then March us with the right size bike, adjust our helmets and off we go
Our tour spins gets off the main roads and takes us through small villages where we get to see how the locals live, and then into the rice paddy paths. All rice paddies are linked by a series of paths so that the villages can get to their crops and back into the village. We stop often so our guide can explain the rice crop cycle. Fun fact, rice used for eating has 3 crops per year and ceremonial rice, only 2.
We cycle (or use the electric motor) for the 6ish kilometres to Tegallalang. We stop at a beautiful temple and cemetery, watch ducks eating the bugs that can destroy rice crops, and stop to generally take in the view.
I am glad that we have electric motors on our bikes, as we are in the hilly region of Bali and I don’t think I would’ve made it using pedal power only.
Our main stop is Tegallalang where we stop to take in the Instagram-worthy view of the working rice terraces. It is beautiful
Our next stop is the coffee house where the object is to get you to buy teas and coffees. They have civets in cages who produce luwak coffee (google it). I don’t like seeing animals in cages so I felt sad they were there. Next is a tea and coffee flight. You get to try a lot of different flavoured tea and coffee. Some were really delicious, some not so.
This is not the only option if things to do in Tegallalang in the tour, there is also a big swing, zip line and walk through the paddies. Everyone regroups from their various activities and we head beach to Ubud.
The trip back to Ubud is all downhill and we are going almost as fast as the scooters. We almost get the speed wobbles. It is exhilarating, and for me, the best part of the tour. I think that’s because I’ve never ridden that fast on a bike before.
The tour finished with lunch where we could all share our experience of the tour. It was a really great way to end. The same driver that picked us up, took us back to the hotel.
I can’t wait to get on the bikes again as cycle (or not) through the countryside. It gives a wonderful insight into the lives of the local Balinese and their culture.