THE BALI TRAVEL GUIDES
Independent Traveler's Guides to the Magical Island of Bali

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UBUD > SACRED MONKEY FOREST
Ubud Attractions
Monkey Forest Road
Jalan Raya Ubud
Sacred Monkey Forest
Rice Terraces
Ubud Resorts
Putri Ayu Cottages
Pertiwi Resort & Spa
Central Bali Attractions
Pura Besakih Temple
Kintamani & Batur Volcano 
Tirta Empul Temple


Getting here:
Easily accessible from Monkey Forest Road. If you are on this road, head south until you see the big entrance into this place. Accessible by foot.

Description:
The local name for this Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana which I think mostly derived from the ancient Sanskrit language. While actually located in the village area called Padangtegal, there is little sign to tell you the change in locality from Ubud village centre.

There is a minimal entrance fee of Rp 10.000 ($1.00) which ticket can be purchased at the main gate. This forest sanctuary is rather secluded and beautiful. Thick, green foliage seems to fill up the space. Added to that is a well-paved walking path throughout this expansive forest, making your morning or even afternoon stroll a real breezy affair.

There are actually 3 holy temples within its compound. The closest one to the entrance gate is Pura Prajapati which is used for cremation ceremony for the deceased. A little walk further will bring you to the staircase that leads you down to the Holy Bathing Temple at the nearby stream. The most important temple is probably the Pura Dalem Agung which is a local temple for Padangtegal villagers. During my visit, there was a ceremony being held at Pura Dalem Agung. It was a rather hectic day for the villagers, with the smell of burnt coconut shell the air.

Much have been said about the monkeys in this forests. Scientifically, these simians are actually long tail macaques. According to a pamphlet, there are about 140 macaques in total in the forest, and the number is probably increasing every year.

So, do they bite? Not at all. As long as you stay cautious, they will rarely be bothered by you. There are street vendors trying to sell you bananas to feed them, but if you are not comfortable doing it, please politely decline. The monkeys here are probably less aggressive than the legendary ones in Uluwatu 

My verdict:
A great walk across the town. Cool and breezy.

 
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