Discover Ubud Monkey Forest – Time to Monkey Around

Visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest

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Guests at an Ubud hotel located in Bali’s central foothills such as Alila Ubud, must make their way to the Ubud Monkey Forest for an unforgettable experience. As more than 700 monkeys call Ubud Forest their home, entering the forest is like stepping into a scene from the Jungle Book. The monkeys are divided into four main groups and are defined by the areas of the forest they inhabit. 


Forest Temples

The Ubud Monkey Forest is formally known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and the area is home to three beautifully adorned temples. Each temple is dedicated to a different God and attracts worshippers each day. Photographers would be thrilled by the opportunity to photograph the lively monkeys against the backdrop of the intricately carved temples.


Feeding Monkeys

There are feeding areas located around the Monkey Forest where visitors can purchase fruit to feed the monkeys. It is fun to watch the agile creatures devour the fruits but be warned that sometimes they may become aggressive when food stocks are low.


Primate Pickpockets

The inhabitants of the Ubud forest are a mischievous bunch and surprisingly adept pickpockets so it is best to empty your pockets before you wander through the forest in order to have an enjoyable visit.

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Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud – Monkey Park

Bali is not strange place to tourist, visited by thousands all year around for various reasons starting from beaches, culture, night life, Bali never fails to disappoint it’s guests. The Indonesian island has a wide array of accommodation choices to suit its various guests’ needs. A popular option among guests is an Ubud Hotel. There are many hotels spread across various parts of the Ubud however one that has been a highly noted option among its guests has been Alila Ubud Bali, a hill side retreat in Bali that captures most of the Balinese culture.

A trip to Ubud would not be complete without a visit to see the cheeky monkeys. The famous “Monkey Forest” is located in Ubud and attracts a large number of tourists annually. The monkey forest is a nature reserve as well as a Hindu Temple Complex. The monkey forest is located in a village known as Padangtegal, the villagers view the reserve as an important cultural, economical as well as educational center. The mission of the reserve is to conserve the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu Principle “Tiri Hata Karana” which aims to help people live harmoniously during their lives.

The reserve spreads across 10 hectares of land and has around 150 different types of trees. The park has a hilly terrain as well as is covered by thick vegetation. There are different trials that visitors can take to access various parts of the park such as the deep Ravine that runs through the park as well as access the stream.

The forest grounds are also home to three Hindu temples all of which is believed to have been constructed around 1350. The three temples are namely Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal , Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati.

The monkey population in the park according to statistics from 2011 was over a 600. They are locally known as the Balinese Long Tail monkeys.

Top 5 Attractions in Ubud – a glimpse into the heart of Ubud

Ubud is one of the more frequented places of interest when one thinks of Bali. Adorned with temples, parks and other cultural components, the area of Ubud would certainly warrant more than just one visit. Stay at an Ubud hotel which would make your holiday in the area that much better. Alila Ubud Bali with its most sought after ofUbud accommodation would lead you to discovering an assortment of attractions that are sure to keep you going throughout the day.
Those heading over to the Ubud main centre are sure to come across the Ubud Monkey Forest. Also regarded as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, the area is home to a large contingent of grey long-tailed macaques. Be mindful of these mischievous creatures that are always on the lookout for something interesting enough to eat. The area also carries out scientific research and is considered an important part of the Ubud’s tourism. Goa Gajah or ‘elephant cave’ is the next on the list of places to visit in Ubud. Comprising of bathing pools, fountains, rock-wall carvings and a meditation cave, this archaeological site dates back to the 11th century. Lovers of art would do well to visit Blanco Renaissance Museum for it depicts paintings, poetry and lithographic artworks of the Philippine-born Don Antonio Blanco. Learn of the local irrigation system termed ‘subak’ as you meander past the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The rice terraces found on the slopes of the valley are excellent photographic opportunities for avid nature lovers. The Botanic Garden in Ubud will captivate you beyond your wildest dreams. From waterfalls, meadows to ravines, this area covers an impressive 5 hectares of lush greenery. The orchid houses, Fern Garden and the Herbal Plants Garden are some of the paths that one would definitely want to take stroll on.


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