More Than Monkeys
The official name for the Sacred Monkey Forest is Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, and is situated only minutes from the heart of Ubud.
About 350 Balinese Macaques live in the forest. There are 4 groups of monkeys each occupying different territories in the park.
While the monkeys are the main attraction, and will provide heaps of entertainment and photo opportunities, there is much more to see.
There are 3 temples in the forest, dating back to about the 14th century. The largest is the Pura Dalem Agung, located on the highest point of the forest. A path through the trunk of a huge tree and across a small creek leads to the Holy Bathing Temple. The third temple, the Pura Prajapati, is a cremation temple and located next to one of the two graveyards in the monkey forest.
The forest itself is quite stunning with a thick canopy shading the ground. There are interesting paths winding throughout, stone bridges crossing picturesque streams, and many interesting stone carvings. It is really a great place to just relax and take in the magnificent sights.
Just beware of the monkeys. Whilst they are a lot of fun, they can be a little aggressive at times. Follow the rules and you should find the visit one to remember.