The monkey forest sanctuary in Ubud which is considered sacred by the local community because of being in the area of a Hindu temple is inhabited by around 700 long-tailed monkeys that live in and around the forest. The monkeys are believed to protect the area and three Hindu places of worship there, Pura Dalem Agung, Pura Beji and Prajapati Temple from evil spirits.
The attraction of this place is the behavior of the monkeys. Besides that there are ancient temples and dense forests with more than 186 species of trees that are very interesting to see. Visitors walk through the streets of this place to observe monkeys in action and take photos with them from a safe distance, then explore the ancient 14th century temple which is used as a place of worship by Hindus. Most tourists visiting Ubud make a stop at this forest reserve, in addition to other popular attractions such as terraced rice fields in Tegalalang, Goa Gajah Temple and Ubud Palace.
The forest is a place that should not be missed to visit for families
and animal lovers. Monkeys are wild animals and can be aggressive
especially in finding food. Thus feeding, touching or playing with them
is not recommended. Monkeys sometimes climb a visitor’s body if given
the opportunity. These monkeys can steal personal items. Don’t carry
items that you don’t want to lose such as jewelry, sunglasses, wallets
and keys. Dress politely and according to local customs if you plan to
visit the temple complex in the forest.
This monkey forest is located within walking distance from the center of Ubud, approximately 1.6 kilometers. To get there from Jalan Raya Ubud, walk on the main road, turn south to Jalan Monkey Forest and continue down to the forest.