Monkey Forest is one of the best tourist attractions in Bali. Monkey Forest is a lush landscape that houses 700 monkeys, three holy Hindu temples. And at the same time, thousands of trees, spectacular sculptures and an amazing glimpse of Balinese culture. Yes!!! This is Monkey Forest in Ubud. Monkey Forest is also referred to as Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana. Another name is Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Monkey forest is a popular tourist attraction and often visited by over 12.000 tourists every month.
This green and a dense swath of jungle are inhabited by over 700 gray haired long tail Balinese monkeys. The monkeys are sometimes greedy but most of the times just curious to see people taking selfies with them. An outstanding place to pay a visit especially when you are with your family.
The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal. The forest is owned by village members serving as the Monkey Forest’s governing council at the same time. The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation manages the Monkey Forest. The foundation is proactive in the conservation of monkeys and forest’s sacred integrity. It also promotes the Monkey Forest as a great destination for visitors. The people from the village consider the forest as an important spiritual, educational and conservation center. The villagers have a common goal of creating peace and harmony for visitors from all over the world. Taking this into their top priorities they perform various ritual ceremonies inside the forest on regular basis. Monkey forest is home to few rarest plants and tree as well. You will find trees that are hundreds of years old within the sanctuary. The villagers believe that planting trees and saving animal will ultimately bring peace and love to everyone.
The lush green monkey Forest is expanded to about 10 hectares and includes 115 different species of trees that are home around 700 long tail Balinese monkeys. The park staff feeds sweet potato to monkeys three times a day providing them with their main source of food in the park. Although, bananas and other fruits are available on sale in the park for tourists who are willing to feed monkeys.
The monkeys keep a very keen eye on passing tourists in hope of getting some handouts. But the best part is that most of the monkeys like humans and enjoy their company. Still, it would be a good idea not to leave your bags or personal items unattended. Or else you will have to try lots of tricks to get them back from a monkey. You know monkeys; they are smart, intelligent and super-fast. The monkeys sleep at night and display activities during the daytime. Monkey in the forest can be viewed mating, fighting, and caring for their young ones at a very close range.
The Sanctuary holds three holy Hindu temples:
Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is for worshipping god Hyang Widhi as an avatar of Shiva. Pura Beji is for worshipping Hyang Widhi as an avatar of Gangga and Pura Prajapati is for worshipping Hyand Widhi in the personification of Prajapati.
Enter the monkey forest through one of three gates: the main one at the southern end of Monkey Forest Rd; from 100m further east, near the car park; or from the southern side, on the lane from Nyuhkuning. Useful brochures about the forest, macaques, and temples are available at the entry gates.
The Monkey Forest grounds have a forest conservation area, a public hall, and a gallery. You may also spot an open stage, a canteen, a first aid center. A police post, parking and toilet facilities, and a composting facility are also available.
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571,Phone: (0361) 971304