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Sacred Monkey Forest of Ubud

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The Ubud Monkey Forest, which is situated in a lush forest environment, is a fun location to find a variety of monkeys. The sanctuary is a natural habitat for the Balinese long-tailed macaque, and you can see numerous monkeys running about freely there. Enjoy watching these monkeys in their refuge while you play, snap pictures, and have fun. There are numerous massive banyan and nutmeg trees all over the place, creating a tranquil atmosphere. You can see several old temples and statues covered in moss as you stroll around the pathways, giving the area a natural appearance. You will find this spot in almost all Bali vacation packages. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bali. Enjoy a fantastic time shooting pictures with the monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest.

About Sacred Monkey Forest

The Ubud Monkey Forest was established to increase tourism in Ubud, Bali. This monkey forest, which is managed by Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Management, serves as a sanctuary and a natural habitat for nearly 1260 monkeys in Bali. Commonly known as the Mandala Suci Wenara Wana, this sanctuary has 186 species of plants and trees in 12,5 hectares of forest. Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the primary tourist attractions in Ubud and receives 10,000 to 15,000 visitors monthly. The Monkey Forest Ubud features three temples, namely Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, Holy Spring Temple, and Prajapati Temple. According to the Padangtegal locals, the Ubud Monkey Forest is regarded as a spiritual and conservation spot in Ubud and one of the must visit places in Bali.

Temples in the Sacred Monkey Forest

Three main temples inside the Ubud Monkey Forest serve as sacred sites for the local community. These historical Hindu temples were constructed in 1350, which makes this place a historical attraction in Bali 

Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal

The main temple, which is also referred to as Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, is located in the southwest corner of the park. The main deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, who is also known as the Recycler or Transformer in Hindu mythology.

Pura Beji or the Holy Spring temple

The second temple in the Ubud monkey forest is the Pura Beji, or Beji Temple, which is located in the park's northwest corner. This temple features the deity of Goddess Gangga, who is worshipped as a goddess of purification and forgiveness.

Pura Prajapati Temple

This temple, which is situated in the northeastern section of the park, is a holy cemetery. Every five years, a mass cremation ceremony is conducted in the temple.

Highlights of Sacred Monkey Forest

  • Watch the different varieties of monkeys in the forest.
  • Learn about the historical and cultural significance of the temple and the forest 
  • Explore the temple’s unique traditional Balinese architectural designs 
  • Witness the amazing relics and the beautiful statues 
  • Capture stunning photographs of picturesque surroundings

Operation Hours of Sacred Monkey Forest

The forest is open to the public on all days between the times of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Entrance Fees for Sacred Monkey Forest

  • Adult: 40,000 IDR (Rs. 200)
  • Children: 30,000 IDR (Rs. 150)

How To Reach Sacred Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest is located within the Padangtegal village of Gianyar Regency in Ubud, Bali. You can book a taxi from your hotel or use local buses to reach the destination. The monkey forest is located within walking distance of the Ubud Palace. 

Distance between Ubud Monkey Forest and other cities 

Places KilometersTravel Duration
Canggu(27.3 km) 43 min
Kuta(33.7 km)45 min
Nusa Dua(42.5 km)1 hr 20 min 
Denpasar(23.1 km)36 min

Things to know Before You Visit Sacred Monkey Forest

  • Ubud Monkey Forest only accepts payment in cash; credit cards are not accepted.
  • While exploring the forest, bear in mind that the monkeys here can be aggressive, and they occasionally steal objects from visitors.
  • Although it is strictly forbidden to feed monkeys with foods like bread, chips, or biscuits, you can nevertheless feed bananas to the monkeys.
  • Not all sacred places inside the Ubud monkey forest are open to the public. However, if you wish to enter the holy places, make sure to dress modestly or wear appropriate 
  • Balinese religious dress to enter the temples' sacred sections.
  • Do not carry plastic bags inside the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit Sacred Monkey Forest

The best time to visit the temple is during the summer season, during June, July, and August. It is the perfect time to visit to enjoy the ideal climate and stunning natural beauty of Ubud. If you are planning to visit the forest, visit either in the morning hours (9 am to 10.30 am) or in the evening hours (3.30 pm to 5.30 pm). 

Nearby Attraction to Sacred Monkey Forest

After your sightseeing tour at the Ubud Monkey Forest, visit the Agung Rai Museum, which is located at a distance of 1.4 km (6 mins) away from the forest. You can also visit the Ubud Art Market, which is located at a distance of 2.2 km (8 mins) from the sacred monkey forest.

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