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