The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex in
Ubud, Bali. It houses approximately 340 monkeys which are known as
long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis). There are four groups of
monkeys each occupying different territories in the park. The Sacred
Monkey Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Ubud, and is often
visted by over 10,000 tourists a month.
The Monkey Forest is
owned by the village of Padangtegal and village members serve on the
Monkey Forest’s governing council. The Padangtegal Wenara Wana
Foundation manages the Monkey Forest and serves to maintain its sacred
integrity and to promote the sacred site as a destination for visitors.
There 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.
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. Shops
and restaurants line up the streets, so you might as well check them out
while you’re there.
Getting Around Walking
around Ubud is an experience of its own. There’s a famous story told by
Janet DeNeefe, initiator of the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival,
that once, a speaker had a block before his event and decided to went
out for a walk around Ubud. He was so fascinated by the beautiful
landscapes that he forgot to return for his talkshow.
also rent a bicycle or a motorbike. A lot of visitors prefer bikes for
environmental reasons. However, since Ubud’s located on a mountainous
area, the roads tend to be steep. If you have something against
sweating, motorbike’s a more logical choice.
Cars are usually
only used when you want to to go outside Ubud.
To Do Walk
around. Enjoy the serene atmosphere.
The forest comprises
approximately a tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 27 acres) and
contains at least 115 different species of trees. The Monkey Forest
contains the Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal temple (shown on the left) as
well as a “Holy Spring” bathing temple and another temple used for
To Stay Various
lodgings are available in Ubud, from a simple bed & breakfast to
resorts or private villas.
Good choices for comfort and services
at Monkey Forest Street are Komaneka Resort and KajaNe Mua Villa. A bit
far, but worth the distance are Maya Ubud Resort & Spa and Four
Seasons Bali (at Sayan, Ubud).
To Eat The
Monkey Forest street provides many choices of restaurants, from western
cuisine to Balinese dishes. Remember to visit Bebek Bengil about 500
meters from there. It’s a popular restaurant at Jalan Hanoman (Phone:
+62 36 197 5489), known for its specialties: fried/roasted ducks. Do
also try the ribs. They’ll leave you wanting more.
Buy Shops at Monkey Ubud Forest alone offer a wide
variety of beads, baskets, wooden carvings, ikat textiles, paintings and
Tips In Monkey
Forest Sanctuary, even if you really admire Robert Frost, stay on the
path. The forest is lest travelled for a reason: it may provoke the
monkeys into thinking you’re trying to invade their home.
the monkeys with respect. Don’t feed them unless you’re accompanied with
a guide to supervise you. And do realize that they’re creatures of a
curious nature. So keep your possessions in check. If they “borrow” one
of your items, just go to the nearest guide and ask for his help.