The amazing sacred monkey forest Ubud, BALI
Mandala Suci Wenara Wana or sacred Monkey Forest Ubud. Ubud is the sanctuary or natural habitat of the long-tailed Balinese monkey, belonging to a scientist called Macaca fascicularis. It is located in Padangtegal Ubud, Bali. The Bali monkey sanctuary is located in a perfect place to visit other top things to do in Ubud such as the tegalalang rice terraces, the Bali swing in Ubud and the amazing waterfalls in Bali. Ubud is a perfect place for all types of backpackers and travellers. There is some amazing places to stay in Ubud. We spent 2 weeks in Ubud whilst backpacking around Bali. Ubud is know for being the Yoga capital of the world.
About 749 monkeys live in this Ubud monkey sanctuary. They are divided into 6 groups, ie in front of the main temple group, the forest conservation group, the central point group, the eastern group, the Michelin group and the cemetery group. We also divided the monkey into age categorised are 63 adult male, 34 Sub-adult male, 219 Adult female, 29 Sub-adult female, 167 juveniles 1 (2-3 year), 118 juveniles 2 (1-2 year), 63 Infant old (5-12 month) and 56 infant.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud is the famous tourist attraction in Ubud. In every month there around 120.000 of visitor comes to Monkey Forest Ubud. The Monkey Forest Ubud has 186 species of the plan and tree in 12, 5 hectares of the forest.
The Monkey Forest Ubud has 3 temples inside namely Dalem Agung Padangtegal Temple, Holy Spring Temple and Prajapati Temple. The owner of this place is Padangtegal community and managed by Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Management. The purpose of the management is to keep the sacred of the place and promote the Monkey Forest Ubud will be featured of international tourist destination.
The Monkey Forest of Ubud is located in the city of Padangtegal, to which it belongs. The inhabitants of the city consider the monkey forest an important spiritual, economic, educational and conservation center for the city. There are many points of interest that you can see here. In addition to about 700 monkeys, 186 species of trees spread over 12.5 hectares of forest will allow you to get some fresh air.
What to expect at Monkey Forest Ubud, Bali
Monkeys are important in Balinese culture, portrayed in the “Ramayana” Hindu-based dance epic, the “Kecak” dance, carvings and other art. And the Monkey Forest isn’t just a popular tourist attraction – it’s actually a sacred site. You get this vibe upon entry, it as a mega set-up and you will aprecciate the effort they put in to make this a top thing to do in Ubud for you.
It was nice to see that the monkeys, who are the owners of the place, are well looked after in the reserve. To be fair they are the bosses!
Temple assistants make sure you do not get angry when the monkeys jump on you, which is the case. From time to time, we heard the screams (after the laughter) of the unfortunate tourists when a monkey climbed them or took them off. They will jump all over you if you give them the chance 🙂
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We removed our watches and jewelry before visiting. We were warned that the monkeys were trying to remove their earrings or other jewels, thinking it was food or something fun to play with. I highly reccomened removing your items. We heard so many stories of tourists losing their goods to the little monkeys at the Ubud sacred sanctuary.
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Upon entry to the monkey sanctuary in Ubud. The monkeys will probably come to greet you straight away and try to look for any loose bananas or other food items you have. Many people who have visited the sacred forest have lost their cameras, phones and other valuable items to these little monkeys.
The Bali monkey sanctuary staff advises visitors to never remove a food offer from a monkey or to touch it, as any of these actions can cause an aggressive reaction from the animal. Although they usually ignore humans who think they do not have food, they sometimes confuse the actions of a human being with a food supply or an attempt to hide food. If a human does not provide the food required by monkeys or does not provide it fast enough, he will occasionally bite it. In reality, monkeys bite tourists every day.
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Don’t worry though about any monkeys at the monkey sanctuary in Ubud as everything is safe and there is plenty of staff around to make sure kept safe.
Other top things to do in Ubud
The Bali swing in Ubud;
The epic Bali swing in Ubud is definitely one of the best things to do in Ubud on your visit. It’s fun, exhilarating and takes you back to being a child playing on the swings at your local park. The amazing Bali swing is an adult adventure playground with amazing swings, climbing rocks, love nests and more. It is hours of fun jam packed into this adventure playground. The cost of the Ubud swing in Bali maybe a little bit expenses but it’s totally worth it.
The Sacred monkey forest Ubud facts
The monkey forest Ubud covers about one-tenth of a square kilometer (approximately 10 hectares of 27 acres) and contains at least 115 different tree species. The park is very wooded and mountainous. A deep ravine crosses the park, at the bottom of which flows a rocky current. The trails allow visitors to access many parts of the park, including the ravine and the creek.
- The lands of the Monkey Forest include a forest conservation area, a public hall and a gallery, an outdoor stage, a canteen, a first aid center, a police station, car parks and toilets and composting.
- Monkey Forest temples host three Hindu temples, all apparently built around the year 1350.
- Pure Dalem Agung Padangtegal (“The Great Temple of the Dead in Padangtegal”), also called the main temple, is located in the southwestern part of the park. The temple is used to worship the god Hyang Widhi in the personification of Shiva, the recycler or the transformer.
- The Pure Beji, or Beji Temple, in the northwestern part of the park, is used for the cult of Hyang Widhi in the personification of the Gangga goddess. A temple immersed in the “sacred source” is a place of spiritual and physical purification and purification before religious ceremonies.
- The Pura Prajapati Temple, or Prajapati, located in the northeastern part of the park, is used to worship Hyang Widhi during the personification of Prajapati. A cemetery adjacent to this temple receives the body of the deceased for temporary burial pending a cremation ceremony that is celebrated once every five years.
- Temples play an important role in the spiritual life of the local community and the monkey and its mythologies are important in Balinese artistic tradition. The monkey forest area is sanctified by the local community and some parts of it are not open to the public. The sacred areas of the temples are closed to all, except for those who wish to pray and wear the proper clothes of Bali.
- The temple of the sacred spring is descending a long staircase next to a stream in the jungle forest. To access it, cross a moss-covered stone bridge that crosses the stream; The long fig screws hang over you and underneath.
Where to stay in Ubud?
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There is plenty of great accommodation in Ubud. You can find luxury and cheap places to stay in Ubud. The hotels and home stays in Ubud cater to all types of visits. Ubud is a perfect place for backpackers and honeymoon holidays. The accommodation in this amazing place offers epic budget rooms and some amazing luxurious hotels for those of you wanting to experience a more luxurious stay in Ubud.
We stayed in a few places around this amazing place in Bali. I’m going to share with you some of the best places to stay in Ubud.
- Hanging gardens of Bali – The Hanging Gardens of Bali is a lsweet-uxurious destination, which you will find located in the jungle. It is situated near Payangan, a village North of Ubud, The enchanting five star luxury resort has 44 private suites and individual villas. The hanging gardens of Bali suites all have their own granite infinity pool, amazing. Each villa is designed with traditional Alang Alang thatched roofs in complete harmony with nature. In 2014 the award was giev==ven for the World’s number one honeymoon destination in Bali. In 2015 Hanging Gardens of Bali has been awarded: World Luxury Hotels Awards, Seven Star Global Luxury Awards and World Travel Awards as well as other prestigious recognitions, such as the World Luxury Spa Awards and the World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Guests here can catch the free bus as the airport is around 90 minutes away by road depending on traffic. This really is a sweet and luxurious hotel in Ubud you should stay at if you have the funds.
- Banana Homestay – This homestay in Ubud is in perfect location and it’s within walking distance with all the top things to do in Ubud. This homestay offers very clean and comfortable rooms. These come with hot showers, free tea and coffee all day long. There is also free breakfast included with this homestay in Ubud. The service here is also amazing and you will feel very welcomed on your stay. Also, the Wifi is very good here, always a tip essential. Overall making it a top place to stay in Ubud.
- Undis Homestay – This is another great cheap place to stay in Ubud. It’s a budget homestay that offers amazing service, clean rooms and free tea/coffee. There is a good view of this homestay and you can even get a view of the flowing river that runs by it. You will be treated very well at this budget accommodation in Ubud and this is definitely a top place for backpackers to stay.
- Ubud village hotel – If you are looking for a more luxurious place to stay in Ubud, then this is definitely it. This is a classic Balinese hotel that is in perfect walking distance to most of the main attractions in Ubud, as it’s located in a great spot between the monkey forest and the town centre. The rooms at this top hotel in Ubud are large and very clean. You will receive a great Buffet breakfast and plenty of tasty fruit to set you up for a great day out in Ubud.
Summary and tips for visiting the Monkey Forest of Ubud:
We had a mega time visiting the Bali monkey forest Ubud as you can see from this post. The Balinese monkeys are so much fun and will keep you entertained for however long you stay at this top tourist attraction in Bali.
- Treat monkeys with respect; they are wild creatures that could bite.
- Keep the camera handy and keep your stuff.
- Do not wear jewellery, watches or anything that you might regret losing.
- You can buy bananas at the gateways to feed the monkeys. But be careful if you do. They will jump over you to reach the plane trees; you can feel them even if they are hidden in your backpack.
Remember after you visit here you should try and check out the Bali swing or the Tegalalang rice terraces.
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