Photogenic rice terraces
Published/Last edited or updated: 17th April, 2016
If you find yourself in Dompu with a spare hour of afternoon time up your sleeve, then a trip out to the rice terraces of Krama Bura are well and truly worth the effort — what else are you going to do in Dompu?
While not as steep as those at more famous Jatuluwih in Bali, these are arguably as spectacular in their own way, with the rising mountains in the background and a beautiful river snaking through the valley and wrapping itself around the village of Mangge Na’a. Note the forest-shrouded limestone cliffs abutting the far side the river; we’d wager there has to be a waterfall or two a little further upriver.
The terraces are obviously at their best when the rice is close to harvest. When we visited in March 2016, the crop was probably a week from being harvested — timing (and luck) can be everything! As you ride along, you’ll see various spots to stop and take pictures (or wander your way through the fields, with care). There is no central viewpoint. We arrived in the late afternoon, around 16:00, and the light was just about perfect, We were told the morning is even better.
The terraces are about a 10-minute motorbike ride from central Dompu. To reach them, take the road headed to Bima and the turn off to your left (when heading towards Bima) is clearly signposted. Once you’ve taken the turn off, just keep going for a couple of kilometres, and you’ll know when you are there; the terraces are on your right. If you don’t have your own transport any ojek should be able to run you out here and back without trouble.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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