Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Attraction Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
2.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a nature reserve and temple complex in Ubud, Bali. It houses approximately 340 monkeys which are known as long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis).

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Why Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is special ?

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Balinese Hindu site at the bottom of Monkey Forest Road and populated by cheeky long-tailed macaques. It's a popular site with visitors to Ubud who come to see the monkeys and the temples within the sanctuary.

There are hundreds of monkeys living in and around the monkey forest. You can purchase food for them at the entrance gate but be warned that the monkeys are aggresive opportunists - particularly in their pursuit of food. They will think nothing of climbing on you or raking through your bag in search of something edible.


What to explore at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary?

There are 3 temples within the forest, Pura Dalem (death temple), the Holy Bathing Temple and Pura Prajapati (funerary or cremation temple). All 3 of these temples are sacred, as is the forest and the monkeys, who are believed to protect the area from evil spirits.


How to get to Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary?

Ubud is about an hour and a half drive from the airport. Taxis are available in the airport. Any travel agent in Denpasar will also be able to get you there. If you stay in a hotel, the management usually provides a shuttle service for a reasonable fee.

The sacred forest is situated at the Monkey Forest Street (shown on the right), which is the main street of Ubud, so you won't miss it.


Selling points

  • Very friendly monkeys
  • Cute monkeys and an enchanting Balinese forest
  • Nice experience for both kids and adults
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Monkeys in their natural habitat
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Tips for you

  • The Ubud Monkey Forest costs approximately $2 USD to enter, and bushels of bananas can be bought at the gate for $2-4 USD.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • If one of the bigger monkeys approaches you, hand over a few bananas no questions asked, and be sure not to tease or provoke any of them.
  • If you go with kids, don't let them go alone because they can be afraid of monkeys
  • DONT put your hands in your pockets, they think you are hiding food and will jump and maybe bite you.
  • You can have a relaxing (monkey-free) walk in the southern part of the forest which brings you directly into the tropical world of Bali.
    Things to do
  • The monkeys are known to go after anything shiny or edible, so it’s a good idea to tuck away all jewerly, earrings, bracelets and food before entering the park.
  • You can buy bananas to give them. Don't forget to look closely at the stone carvings, they are beautiful and with all the tourists its easy to forget that this is a traditional, functioning temple area.
    What to see


TripAdvisor View more

So depends on how you like them monkeys, you may describe them as either very friendly or very aggressive. But for a tiny girl like me who's in general a bit afraid of such close proximity to wild animals, I felt okay. There are tons and tons of monkeys. You'll see lots of baby monkeys too, and they are super cute. At one point, a monkey started pulling on my skirt asking for food, which I didn't have. And eventually it just goes away, no need to be afraid. At another point, a monkey jumped on my friend, then jumped on me and jumped off. I shrieked for a moment because it was too sudden, but again, it was all okay. By then, I was pretty comfortable with the monkeys. Besides the monkeys, this is basically a forest completely nested inside the city center! How crazy is that... when you are inside, it is almost as though the rest of the world didn't exist as you can't see anything but the forest. There are waterfalls and stream/river.. and the path itself is really beautiful, especially the part with the big dragon bridge. Note you can store your stuff where you purchase the tickets if you're afraid of the monkeys grabbing it. Specifically, they recommended no plastic or paper bags.

FourSquare View more

Nice place to visit but scary. Too many monkeys, you should be careful for your things. Don't miss it, it's definitely worth a visit.

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