The temple was built by I Gusti Agung Anom, a founder of the Mengwi kingdom in 1934, and were skilfully and renovated in later years, giving its present appearance which tourists find so attractive and interesting.
The name itself means beautiful garden.
It is built on a high tableland which is surrounded by ponds.
This gives the effect from afar that the temple is floating on water.
The first part of our tour was to stop at Pura Taman Ayun temple. I was very impressed . Taman Ayun refers to a huge open space (ayun) representing a garden (taman). It is surrounded by a moat with lotuses.
It is one of the group of state temples that is supported by state funding.
If you can visit on its odalan (birthday ) festival, it is a spectacular sight.
Sangeh is a villange in the north of Denpasar. The hundered of holy monkeys is live in large nutmeg forest (about 14 hectare)
Its also called The white monkey "Hanoman", the name taken from Ramayana tale.
If there happens to be a special festival day at a temple you get there how ever you can.
They go by truck loads, motor bike, car, some even walk.
Luggage and bags:
Bring a day bag or backpack with what you will need for an 8 hr trip.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear lightweight cotton clothing. It is very warm. Wear comfy shoes.
You may need a wrap in the car. Bali drivers seem to want to run the air conditioner as low as it will go..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring what you need for the day.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and a lot of film or a very large memory stick. Bring a sun filter if you have one. The sun is bright.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget the sunscreen.
Southwest of Ubud you will come to a grove of nutmeg trees which is the largest community of monkeys in Bali. They are very "tourist-wise" so watch out for your hat, sunglasses, and the like. If they manage to grab them from you then you will have to buy some peanuts from the local vendors to barter them back.
Within the forest is the Pura Bukit Sari Temple but you have to take your chances with the monkeys to get to it.