Monkey Forest, Ubud
No one goes to Ubud without making a visit to the Monkey Forest, a nature preserve where monkeys abound. In this forest there is a temple, the Pura Dalem Agung, called the Temple of the Dead.
The monkeys are very freindly but you should be very careful. Don't touch them and take off your sunglasses and hold on your camera as they can steal them from you!
Sacred Monkey Forest is a small but from a scientific point of view very important nature reserve on the southern outskirts of Ubud. Along with its lush surroundings and a beautiful temple are hundreds of Balinese macaques. They're very tolerant of people, but are very famous for stealing food and... sunglasses from tourists! Adult males may weigh up to 8 – 10 kilograms and have large canine teeth, broad shoulders and facial hair that resembles a moustache. The adult females are smaller than the males (4 – 8 kilograms) and have long facial hair resembling beards. You have to use extreme caution when the monkeys are near. They will bite if provoked. And even if they appears to be overweighted they can be very fast. They can try to stole your bag, especially if you carry some food in.
But not only the monkeys are worth attention in the Forest. There are also three Holy temples - the most prominent temple - Pura Dalem Agung - is located in the southwestern portion of the main forest area.
In the the northwest, down a long flight of steps and next to the small river, you will find the Holy Bathing Temple with a structure of the “Three mandala Concept.” The Utama Mandala, in the most northern portion, is the area of the Gods. The Madia Mandala, for disciples of the deities, located at the centre and contains the holy pool. The Nista Mandala, at the southern side of the bridge, is the special bathing place humans.
The third temple, Pura Prajapati, is a cremation temple. Sometimes you can assist there at the very interesting cremations ceremonys.
Don´t miss this. The monkey is taking everything you give them and they are very quick so hold on to your valuables. The monkeys are everywere running, fighting, jumping.
This is something you must se when you´r in Bali.
LOVED ...JUST LOVED SEEING ALL THOSE COOL MONKEYS WALKING AROUND THE STREETS OF THE AREA THEY CALL "MONKEY FOREST". ..FASCINATING TO SEE THEM SO MELLOW ABOUT ANYTHING THAT WAS HAPPENING AROUND THEM..EVEN IF TRAFFIC SWIFTLY WOULD PASS THEM...IT SEEMED ALRIGHT!! THEY JUST ENJOYED WHAT EVER THEY WERE INTO......
It's a forest...not very sure how big it is. There're more than 300 long tails monkeys here. Some of them were quite friendly...they would climb on you, while others could be looking for fleas, making noises screaming for food n running around playing with their monkey friends.
Here you'll find a temple, cremation temple and bathing temple. This forest sanctuary is said to be sacred as it represents an ancient Balinese Hindu settlement.
You have to pay the entrance fee located at the main entrance. This place is hard to miss...just before reaching the main town of Ubud...you'll see a huge sculpture of monkey on the right and left side of the road...(it's a one way street) and your left just before the town you'll see the entrance.
It's a nice place to walk...very green...the old temples and other old looking structures here made the place look ancient and mysterious.
The monkeys...they're cute. I think they're well taken care of...they seemed happy.
The Monkey Forest is set in a stunning Forest with lots of pathways and stone carvings set through out the forest. You can buy some fruit from park keepers and feed these to the Monkeys.. They sometimes even climb on top of you so you need to keep valuables hidden or they can run of with them ehehe. Also theres a Temple situated in the forest but upon entering you need to wear a sarong which are available at the Temple entrance !!
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This is the first time that i ever been to a monkey sanctuary. It was awesome. If you nothing on your hands, they wont disturb you. But if you got food, they would come to you. YOu can buy a bunch of bananas or fruits at the entrance of the sanctuary. If you just carrying a plastic bag without food inside, they will come to you and pull the plastic bag from you and take a look inside. ANd seeing there's no food inside, they will let it go. SO just incase u're afraid that they might pull that plastic bag from you, you have to carry it high up from the ground. A great experience to walking with the monkeys...
Other than the monkey, you got to see big old giant trees that have already been there for a longest time. There are some old statues of monkeys which have been erected hundreds of centuries ago.
According to historical records, the Holy Monkey temples were erected during the mid 14th century during the Pejeng Dynasty or in the early Gegel Dynasty. There are 3 holy temples in the sacred monkey forest. Shown here (5pics enclosed) are the surroundings near Pura Beji, the Holy Bathing Temple. You can reach this temple by going straight into the forest, following the signs on the path. To the Northwest, down a long flight of stairs and next to a stream, you will arrive at the Holy Bathing Temple with the structure of of the "Three Mandala Concept". The Utama Mandala, in the most northern position is the area of the Gods. the Madia Mandala, for the disciples of the deities is located at the centre and contains the holy pond. Last but not least, the Nista Mandala at the southern bridge is the special bathing place for human beings.
The place is cool and relaxing. Explore slowly, walk down further the steps and you will find 2 giant stoned carved komondo dragons. Walk further down and you will find yourself looking down into a stream flowing beneath you.
The Pura Dalem Agung Temple is located in the southwestern portion of the main forest area. This temple is the main temple for the village of Padangtegal and it is the most prominent temple in the monkey forest.
At the entrance of Pura Dalem Agung, you can see Rangda figures ,with the long dangling tongues...
These monkeys that have made their homes in the Forest Sanctuary are known as Balinese macaques (long-tailed macaques). There are about over 200 of this specie residing in this sanctuary . The adult females are smaller than the males (4-8kg) and have long facial hair like beards. Macaque mothers are very protective towards their infants.
These macaques are sometimes very fierce. They are attracted to plastic bags and water bottles, dangling earrings, spectacles and chains. Advice is not to carry or have any of these on when you are in the forest. We witnessed a young lady being "attacked" by one of the macaques - apparently the little creature wanted to get hold of the plastic bag (thinking that there was food in it) which the girl was carrying. See all photos on the macaques - some are really cute when they are not in its devilish behaviour!
The Sacred Monkey Forest is a good example of humans co-existing with the forest and some of its inhabitants, troops of long-tailed macques. The monkey forest is a cool refuge from the heat of the streets. Along with the mischievous monkeys, there are some magnificent trees to be amazed by. A terrific environment for a relaxing afternoon.
In this area, close to each other, ya can visit monkey forest or the zoo. I prefer the monkey forest. It is a hilly land with free monkeys everywhere.
Visit Monkey forest and temple. Price 10.000RP
you will able to see 200 monkey, great a pice of rain forest. Highly recomended to visit
Outside Monkey Forest in Ubud there are some small statues. Some are really worth seeing, like this little naughty gremlin…
I think it is a fertility god or just a practical joke…