Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Bali

Price Range

5 - 60.00

Reviews

4.5

Overview

The sanctuary is commonly known as Monkey Forest Temple or Ubud Monkey Forest, a Balinese Hindu site is a must visit place in the hip region of Ubud. The place gives you a surreal view of the natural beauty, with gigantic roots sheathing the bridges, huge stone carvings of Komodo Dragons carved out from the sides of river banks and beautiful temples. It’s a home to 700 long-tailed Balinese macaques, who have occupied the forest and its nearby area. The sacred region is believed to be guarded by the monkeys, who also protect three Hindu temples from the evil spirits, which are believed to be built around 1350, Pura Dalem Agung- the temple to worship Lord Hyang Widhi, in the personification of Lord Shiva; Pura Beji- temple to worship Hyang Widhi in personification of the holy river Ganges and the deity Ganga. There is a “Holy Spring” at the temple to take a bath before the ceremonies for physical cleansing and purification; and Pura Prajapati- the temple to worship Hyang Widhi in personification of Lord Prajapati. The entire area lies in the vicinity of the village Padangtegal and serves as an important educational, spiritual and economic center for the village.

Ubud is a culturally rich town and you will definitely have a mesmerizing experience exploring the wonders of this paradise. The tour begins from the markets of Ubud to the art gallery- Art Village that presents Balinese arts and crafts. One can collect souvenirs from the gallery. The next stop is the Pulina Coffee Plantation that serves the rich Balinese coffee. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, brewed only in Indonesia. Adventure lovers can take a delight of the popular Bali Swing and soar above the massive Ubud forest. The next stop of the tour is Tegalalang Rice Terraces, to witness the terraced paddy fields sloping down across the valley. After witnessing the panoramic view of the valley you will finally reach the sacred forest. It is a sanctuary of temples, finesse of nature reserve and of course the long tailed monkeys. After visiting the sanctuary one can stop by the Elephant Caves- Gao Gajah. It dates back to the 11th century and reserves the cultural treasures of Hindus and Buddhists. One can enjoy a day dipped in the cultural serenity of the valley. The forest is a home to the monkeys but they are not enclosed within its periphery, the monkeys do roam in the streets of Ubud. The forest cover is made of 115 different species of trees, offering a playground to the monkeys. Five different group of monkeys abides by the forest claiming different regions of the reserve. The monkeys are taken care of the officials of the forest. They are fed sweet potato thrice a day, which has become their staple diet. The tourists are bring in delicacies for the monkeys like banana and other fruits. The tourists must keep their belongings safe, like sunglasses, hats, keys jewelry etc. because you do not know if the monkey is going to snatch it or not. Monkeys do interact with the visitors but they also get aggressive and bite when they food offered to them is retracted. Monkeys carry viruses such as Herpes B, which is very harmful to the human body and can even lead to death. Many tourists have been visiting the place over the years and didn’t notice such incident but one should follow proper instructions and take proper precautions for one’s own safety.

The place is an amazing location for photographers as they get to have such a close experience with an exotic animal.

 

Entry Guidelines of the forest-

Keeping in mind the semi-free range of the monkeys, one must adhere to one’s safety. Monkeys are not of aggressive nature rather they only attack when they feel threatened. Some do’s and don’ts of the place are-

  • If you are carrying any food item and the monkey jumps on you or tries to attack you, don’t panic, just drop the food item you are carrying.
  • Don’t scream or shout if a monkey approaches you, it might frighten them.
  • Don’t look monkey in the eye as they take it as a sign of aggression.
  • Don’t hide any food because they can smell it and might try to attack you.
  • Don’t litter the forest with waste such as plastic bags, which could cause harm to monkeys as well as the forest.
  • Do take care of your personal belongings.
  • Do take care of your children.
  • Don’t touch the monkey, they may touch you but your touching them might disturb them and moreover their mothers are very possessive and might attack you.
  • Don’t serve any food to the monkeys, it is prohibited by the officials.

Keep in mind all the safety measures and have an amazing trip visiting the exotic animals.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Road : Depending on your hotel location, you can either walk to the forest or take a cab.
  • Tours : One can also book some tours like- • Bali Monkey Forest, Mengwi Temple and Tanah Lot Afternoon Tour $58, 5.5 hours duration • Full Day Bali Island Tour $88, 10 hours duration • Monkey Forest and Ubud Art Tour $48, 7 hours duration • Private Ubud Tour: Batubulan Village, Tirta Empul Temple, Monkey Forest with Lunch $55, 8 hours duration

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Entry to the Sanctuary : 5.46 USD per person
  • Tours : 58 USD for 5 hours
  1. Art gallery
  2. Coffee Plantation
  3. Rice Cultivation
  4. The famous Bali Swing
  5. Gao Gajah- Elephat Cave

Address

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

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Nicholas Wong
Nicholas Wong
07/01/2020 08:51
It was fun to see all these cute monkeys for the first 10 minutes however afterward you will see their aggressiveness toward you or other visitors. Do NOT bring anything there; no phone, food, drink, glasses, or anything else that you will regret losing. These monkeys will grab and steal them. Sure they are cute to see but i would suggest to skip this with other activity or put this as your lowest priority
Jessica C
Jessica C
05/06/2020 07:44
We came here with our guide and he was very informative. He had told us that money forest was built as a way to keep the monkeys safe while still able to roam free. They are fed every day in various locations of the park so prevent them from going into the city and finding food. I really like how you can walk amongst them as they are going about their day. You are told not to look at the directly in the eyes and not to engage with them however most local guides know their behaviours well and can usually get the monkeys to interact with you safely
THE LONE TRAVELER
THE LONE TRAVELER
06/29/2020 20:04
This is one of the places in Bali which I dont like that much as other places; may be because of too much monkeys. Sometimes, we will shudder by the very actions of them. The forest is absolutely beautiful in the middle of bustling city. If you take the scare away; then what you see is beautiful tress and majestic nature. Those who love monkeys will have a great time wading through The Sacred Monkey Forest.
SheIsFluffy
SheIsFluffy
06/29/2020 03:40
Oh my goooood!! This was extremely fun, it’s so so beautiful, it was my first time seeing monkeys and i had no idea you’re not supposed to look straight into their eyes so one monkey almost had the chance take a bite out of my face. Not better than baby bananas but still..
Theresa Charles
Theresa Charles
05/16/2020 18:02
I good half a day excursion. You can enjoy a lovely walk through the forest, with the echoing sound of monkeys everywhere around you. The monkeys are quite tame, and with the assistance of the staff, you can pretty much have one sat on you. There's not much to else to do whilst in the sanctuary, however once you come out there's quite a few eateries local to go to.

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FAQs

There is no as such a dress code to the place but it would be nice to appropriate clothes visiting a sacred place.
Until you have proper knowledge of the place, it is safe for you to visit. just follow the proper guidelines.
The construction of the forest dates back to the 14th century.
It takes a total of 2 hours to cover the forest completely.
Firstly, the wound must be thoroughly washed with soap and water and then the health care authority should be contacted to get an appropriate treatment for the bite.
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