Imagine a ‘secret jungle’ with inquisitive monkeys who rule over sacred temples and century old banyan trees. Sit quietly and hear the sounds of rushing ravines. Drift a little. See and smell the vivid color of flower offerings and sweet Balinese incense. This isn’t Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” it’s the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest, a must-see attraction for any visitor to Bali.
While staying at the spectacular eco-conscious Fivelements Puri Ahimsa wellness retreat, I ventured out to one of Bali’s most popular attractions, the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest. Officially known as the Padangtegal Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the site contains 27 acres of protected grounds, 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys, and three 14th-century temples (Pura Puseh, Pura Desa, and Pura Dalem).
The forest is located minutes from the main strip of Ubud, the ‘Cultural Heart of Bali.’ You can purchase bananas on-site to feed the monkeys, make sure to carefully conceal the fruit in a backpack because the monkeys will at random, jump on to you for a free meal. This is all apart of the fun. When you are ready to feed them, take one banana out at a time, this will prevent any accidental bites. I have read many reviews about aggressive behavior from the monkeys, I did witness it for myself, but was never bitten. Most aggression cases have happened because of improper feeding; if you take one banana out at a time, watch your surroundings, and do not taunt the monkeys (especially the mature ones!) this will help to ensure a safe and highly enjoyable interaction.
Also note, if you have no bananas, food, or hand-held items the monkeys will typically be unfazed by your presence, allowing visitors who want a little distance to have a great time too. I give this attraction a 10/10, it’s literally a ‘barrel of monkeys’ fun!

The Details

Entry Cost: 20,000 IDR = 1.64 USD
Address : Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (80571)
Phone : +62 361 971304, 972774
Email : info@monkeyforestubud.com
Website : www.monkeyforestubud.com
Opening hours : everyday from 8.30 am – 6 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This story was curated by Quinn Russell.

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