Timings : 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Entry Fee : Adults: IDR 50,000,
Children: IDR 40,000
A natural habitat for over 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali serves as a tourist hotspot owing to both its religious and wildlife value. With roughly 115 species of trees combined with the numerous monkeys looking for handouts from tourists, make this quite delightful for the nature-lovers.
As the name suggests, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a pristine forest spread prolifically over an area of 12.5 hectares inhabited by a plethora of congenial monkeys located in Bali. Also known as Ubud Monkey Forest, this sanctuary is owned by Pandangetal community and managed by Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Management. A large number of people flock to this sanctuary every year to witness the great spectacle of various monkeys climbing from tree to tree and get a chance to interact with them first hand.
One can find more than 186 plant species here, and a small herd of Timor Rusa Deer is kept in an enclosure for visitors to witness its beauty. Apart from the vibrant and high spirited monkeys, this place is made more special and sacred by the ancient temples that are situated in the forest. Dating back to the 14th century, these temples are beautifully constructed with fascinating carvings and intricate sculptures of monkeys and dragons, surrounded by lush green forests. It is a unique and perfect getaway to spend some time amidst nature and playful monkeys.
More than 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, also known as Macaques, are found at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. The monkeys are further divided into 5 groups which consist of the monkeys that live in front of the main temple, in Michelin, in eastern, central and cemeteries of the sanctuary. Each of these groups has about 100-120 monkeys of different age groups. The monkeys living in the sanctuary are extremely active and mischievous. They mingle and fight with other groups for food and water but live cordially nonetheless. They can be seen climbing trees, lazing around or eating bananas.
Three ancient Hindu temples, mostly built during the mid 14th century, are situated in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, which are built with finesse and are quite a sight to see. The grand architecture of the temples in such that it will make you awestruck. These temples are an integral part of the local community that preserve the rich Balinese art tradition and the interesting Balinese mythologies. These temples are a must visit while visiting Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
1. Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple: The Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple is the main temple in the sanctuary which is located in the southwestern part of the sanctuary. The temple is dedicated to Hyang Widhi who is considered to be a personification of Lord Shiva, the God of creation and destruction in Hindu mythology. This temple is beautifully built with intricate carvings and the Banyan trees that surround this temple makes it look magical.
2. Holy Spring Temple: Also known as Pura Beji, Holy Spring Temple is an ancient bathing temple located in the northwestern part of the sanctuary. This temple is built to worship Hyang Widhi, the personification of Ganga, a pristine and holy river. This temple is built to spiritually and physically purge your soul and body before performing religious ceremonies.
3. Prajapati Temple: Prajapati Temple is located on the northeastern part of the sanctuary and is dedicated to Hyang Widhi in the personification of Prajapati, the creator of the universe. This temple is adjacent to a cemetery where village funerals are conducted and a mass cremation ceremony is held every five years.
A number of events are organised in Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary regularly that gives a glimpse into the rich culture and history of Bali. Special Balinese dance and music performances are frequently held in the forest ground which are vibrant and eye pleasing. The dance and music staged gives an essence of the Balinese culture while the grooving music and the colourful attire of the performers is what attracts the eyes.
A number of festivals are also celebrated with a lot of zest and exuberance in the sanctuary which are a must witness. Festivals like Tilem Kasa (Dark Moon Festival) and Nyegara Gunung Ceremony are some of the important ones during which hundreds of locals dressed in traditional and colourful Balinese attire pray and proffer offerings in the temple to seek blessings. The whole sanctuary looks mesmerizing and lively during these festivals.
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