Attraction Jalan Wenara Wana No.9, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
|2 hours 30 mins|
|08:30 AM - 06:00 PM|
Temple & Monument
Monkey Forest (Ubud) is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Monkey Forest (Ubud) is special ?
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Its official name is the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Balinese Mandala Suci Wenara Wana), and its name as written on its welcome sign is the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction and is often visited by over 10,000 tourists a month.
The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. The village's residents view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
What to explore at Monkey Forest (Ubud)?
You can enter through one of the three gates: the main one at the southern end of Monkey Forest Rd; 100m further east, near the car park; or from the southern side, on the lane from Nyuhkuning. The forest has recently benefitted from an infusion of money. Useful brochures about the forest, macaques and temples are available. Note that the monkeys keep an eagle eye on passing tourists in hope of handouts (or an opportunity to help themselves). Don’t feed these creatures.
Across from the main entrance, the forest’s office accepts donations for a scheme to offset the carbon you created getting to Bali. Get a tree planted for 150,000Rp.
How to get to Monkey Forest (Ubud)?
The best way to get Monkey forest is by taxi, you can hire a private car or motobike to visit this place.
- Interesting and peaceful place
- Lots of monkeys in lovely sanctuary
- Beautiful forest, funny monkeys
- Much more fun than expected
- Tranquil wonderland
Jalan Wenara Wana No.9, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Tips for you
Buy some bananas to give to the monkeys. Take care ! They can climb on your head ?
We visited the Monkey Forest as part of a private Ubud tour, so our driver parked near the entrance gate where we purchased tickets and found our way around the grounds. There is plenty of variety at this site, from a stream running through a canyon accessed by a flight of steps then a charming bridge emerging through the roots of some huge trees, to a temple (no public access), to a deer enclosure and a cemetery. Throughout the sanctuary roam the monkeys, who if they believe that you have food or a camera, will try to relieve you of it! At one point I stood too close to a small tree while watching some monkeys playing in another tree, and a couple of cheeky monkeys ran onto my shoulders and head. Apparently I have very tasty ears but fortunately no blood was drawn! We did witness a phone taken from one tourist and a pouch of tobacco confiscated from another by the monkeys, so be aware of what's going on around you and travel light. All in all this was a pleasant couple of hours, finished off with the obligatory market stalls toward the exit, where you can choose to bargain for souvenirs.