Ubud Monkey forest, which is the famous name of Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Sanctuary, is the natural habitat of Balinese Monkey or Macaca fascicularis and home to three Hindu Temples. Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud is famous tourist attraction where around 120.000 visitors arrive every month.
The monkeys in the forest are divided into four different known troops and also according to their ages. The forest is positioned near Ubud Town Centre and within easy walking distance from guesthouses and resorts along the main roads of Jalan Hanoman and the namesake Jalan Monkey Forest which is very convenient for the visitors. Beautiful ancient temples with guardian statues covered in moss that feature throughout the forest.
The exact information regarding the establishment of this sanctuary is not dated anywhere and whatever information is available is through the thorough analysis of the site. According to the reports, the temples constructed in the forest dates back to the 14th century which makes Ubud Monkey forest older than its home country, Indonesia.
Ubud monkey forest is very iconic and preserves varieties of plants and monkeys within its premises. It is listed as Bali’s most attractive areas. It reflects the spiritual life of the locals which is soothing. The greenery, towering trees and fresh air of the forest are perfect for a break from daily routine.
This forest apart of being home of monkeys and various species of trees is also home to three Hindu Temples - Padangtegal Great Temple of Death or Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Pura Beji or Beji Temple and Pura Prajapati or Prajapati Temple.
Ubud monkey forest is covered with the scenic beauty of nature. It stretches in approximately 10 hectares or 27 acres of area and contains around 115 species of trees. About 749 monkeys live in this sanctuary. There is a deep ravine that flows through the ground park and into a rocky stream at the bottom.
It also has a forest conservation area, a public hall and gallery and a composting facility along with basic facilities of the police post, sanitation and first aid centres.
The monkey forest is open for the visitors from 8:30 - 18:00 Bali time (till 6 P.M.). The best time to visit is through 2:00 P.M. as by this time monkeys are full, getting their food from the sanctuary's staff. It is open throughout the year and one can visit it as per their own convenient month.
There are many ways of transportation to choose to reach the forest.
From Ngurah Rai international airport it takes around 1 hour 15 minutes to cover 36 kilometres of the distance between them. Car and motorbike rental services are available or get a taxi meter. You can also get tour packages to Ubud's Monkey forest.
While visiting the sanctuary you need to take care of few things like don't carry any valuable belongings like earrings, sunglasses or smartphones as they usually attract monkeys and can urge them to hurt you.
Don't enter the territory of monkeys because if you will pass the monkey area they will think you are trespassing the monkey place. Also, the forest is a non-smoking area and everyone is strictly forbidden to smoke.