Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest: A Beautiful Sanctuary for the Nature
The Ubud Monkey Forest or also known as Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud, Bali. It is a preserve which covers approximately 10 hectares or 27 acres and has more than 100 different kinds of trees. The area is intended to keep and protect the nature including 340 monkeys there. The preserve owned by Padangtegal village and has more than 10.000 visitors from local and international every month.
As can be seen from its name, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a house of hundreds of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. They have lived there for years and have no fear toward humans. It does not mean that all of them are friendly and harmless, though. Monkeys are curious and smart animals. The visitors are suggested to keep a safe distance from the monkeys while observing their activities. Touching and other contacts can be assumed as provocation by the monkeys and can result in attacking or hurting the visitors. Feeding the monkeys is also prohibited for the sake of their health. Sometimes some monkeys may also aggressively reach, grab and even climb the visitors’ bags searching for food. Therefore, the visitors should always keep their belongings in check. If the monkeys happen to scare you or steal your belongings, when you have this Bali tour package, you can always ask the local Bali tour guide in the Ubud Monkey Forest for help anytime.
Facilities and Attractions
The Ubud Monkey Forest has several facilities including a public hall and gallery, an open stage, a canteen, a conversation area, a first aid center, a police post, and toilets. Besides, there are also three Hindu temples that are used for spiritual activities by the Balinese in the Ubud Monkey Forest. They are the PuraDalemAgungPadangtegal, the Pura Beji, and the Pura Prajapati. Each temple has different role and purpose. The temples and the monkeys have a link and important role in the local people’s life.