Ubud Monkey Forest: A Complete Guide 2024

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest, photo by Aleksandar Pasaric on Pexels

Planning to visit Ubud Monkey Forest? Before heading out, look at our comprehensive guide to the Ubud Monkey Forest in 2024. This sanctuary, nestled in the cultural hub of Ubud, beckons adventurers and nature lovers with its unique blend of playful primates, ancient temples, and beautiful landscapes. Join us as we unveil the treasures that await within the sacred groves, providing an in-depth exploration of the Ubud Monkey Forest and all it has to offer in the upcoming year.

A Little History of Ubud Monkey Forest

Ubud Monkey Forest History, photo by Mikhail Nilov on Pexels

The history of the Ubud Monkey Forest traces its roots to the mid-20th century when the sanctuary was officially opened to the public in 1966. This lush haven was established as a conservation effort and a cultural attraction.

Originally known as the “Mandala Suci Wenara Wana,” the Ubud Monkey Forest has evolved from a simple forest area to a carefully curated sanctuary. Its creation responded to the need for conservation, aiming to protect and preserve the long-tailed macaque population that calls the forest home.

Establishing the sanctuary was a collaborative effort between the local village community of Padangtegal and the Indonesian government. The mission was to conserve the macaques’ natural habitat and provide a space for research and education about the species.

Hotspot Among Tourists

Attracting approximately 10,000 visitors monthly, the Monkey Forest stands out as one of Ubud’s bustling destinations. Encompassing a vast area of 12.5 hectares, this forest is a favored choice among those seeking a connection with nature.

The resident monkeys lead a content existence, enjoying the freedom to roam without constraints. Devoid of fences or limitations, the monkeys of the Ubud Monkey Park have the liberty to explore as they please. This area is freely accessible, and the monkeys inhabit it voluntarily.

Entrance Fee for Ubud Monkey Forest

Entrance Fee for Ubud Monkey Forest, photo by Yan Krakau on Pexels

The cost of admission for adults to the Monkey Forest in Ubud is IDR 80,000, approximately $6. If you plan to visit with children between 3 and 12 years old, their entrance fee is IDR 60,000. The affordability of these prices makes the experience certainly worthwhile.

The Sacred Monkey Forest is open daily from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, with ticket sales concluding at 5:30 PM. These hours offer ample time for visitors to explore the forest, observe the monkeys, and appreciate the unique blend of nature and culture that the Monkey Forest in Ubud offers.

Safety 101 for Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest!

Safety tips for Visiting Ubud Monkey Forest, photo by Pragyan Bezbaruah on Pexels

To ensure a positive experience, it’s essential to adhere to these safety 101 guidelines for visiting Ubud Monkey Forest:

  • Maintain a Safe Distance:
    While the monkeys are accustomed to human presence, it’s crucial to maintain a safe distance and be cautious not to invade their personal space.
  • Do Not Feed the Monkeys:
    Refraining from feeding the monkeys. Consuming human food may alter their natural behavior and lead to potential health issues. Additionally, feeding them human food is discouraged to maintain their natural diet.
  • Secure Personal Belongings:
    It’s advisable not to put on your sunglasses, jewelry or other accessories. Monkey may find bright accessories enticing. Putting and concealing all your belongings securely within your backpack and closing it tightly using cable ties is better.
  • Avoid Eye Contact:
    Direct eye contact with monkeys can be perceived as a sign of aggression. While observing them, avoiding prolonged eye contact is advisable to prevent misunderstandings.
  • Stay Calm and Composed:
    In the event of a monkey approaching, remain calm and composed, and drop any food you have. Sudden movements or loud noises may startle them. Keep a gentle and unhurried demeanor during your interactions. 
  • Secure Food and Beverages:
    Monkeys have a keen sense of smell and may be attracted to visible food or beverages. Ensure that your snacks and drinks are securely stored to prevent unwanted attention.
  • Be Mindful of Surroundings:
    The Monkey Forest is a lush and natural environment with uneven terrain. Pay attention to your surroundings to avoid tripping or slipping, especially in areas with steps and pathways.

Temples in the Ubud Monkey Forest

Temples in the Ubud Monkey Forest, photo by vikki on Unsplash

The Balinese Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary may appear wild and untouched. However, within the sanctuary’s expanse are three temples dedicated to sacred prayer, all nestled within the sanctuary.

  • Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal
    Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal is the main temple in Ubud’s Monkey Forest. The architecture is breathtaking. It’s one of the most magnificent Hindu temples I’ve ever seen, and it appears to have been built with monkeys in mind.

    It features elaborate carvings and drawings on the outside walls, and if you sit silently for a long time, you’ll witness monkeys going up and down like tree trunks. The interior is even more impressive. It houses a Lord Shiva deity, and devotees come to seek his blessings. It’s a must-see section since it shows the unique architectural style found exclusively in Bali.

  • Pura Beji (Holy Bathing Temple)
    The Pura Beji (Beji Temple) is Ubud’s oldest temple. It is dedicated to the Hindu god Hyang Widhi, who takes the form of Gangga. It’s also well-known for its Barong architecture and virtuosic relief carvings, among the greatest in Bali.

    The temple itself is a serene haven of peace. I can’t help but wonder what it must have been like when this place was hopping. A tiny pool of holy water is inside for melukat, or spiritual and physical cleaning. It’s an excellent spot to cleanse before performing Piodalan.

  • Pura Prapajati
    Pura Prajapati is located near the forest’s cemetery area, adding a solemn touch to the Ubud Monkey Forest. Dedicated to Prajapati, the Balinese god of death and ancestors, this temple holds cultural significance and enhances the contemplative ambiance of its surroundings.

Bali Tour from Beach to Ubud  – 4 Days 3 Night Package Tour!

Illustration of Ubud Tour, photo by Julian de Block on Pexels

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our ‘Visit Ubud Monkey Forest – 4 Days 3 Night Package Tour!’ Immerse yourself in the beauty of Bali with a carefully crafted itinerary that blends cultural exploration, natural wonders, and thrilling experiences.

Itinerary Highlights:

Day 1 – South Trip:

Garuda Wisnu Kencana, photo by Try Putro Utomo on Pexels

  • Transfer from airport
  • Visit Garuda Wisnu Kencana Park
  • Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Dance Performance
  • Seafood dinner at Jimbaran (Own expense)
  • Villa check-in

Day 2 – Nusa Penida Trip:

Nusa Penida, photo by Darren Lawrence on Pexels

  • Transfer to the harbor from Villa Seminyak/Canggu
  • Nusa Penida Day Trip
  • Transfer from the harbor to Villa Seminyak/Canggu

Day 3 – Ubud Trip:

Tegalalang Rice Terrace, photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

  • Ubud Palace
  • Monkey Forest
  • Tegalalang Rice Terrace
  • Aloha Ubud Swing
  • Coffee Plantation Ubud
  • Drop back to Villa Seminyak/Canggu

Day 4 – Open Trip:

Tanjung Benoa Watersport, photo by TripAdvisor 

  • Villa Check-out
  • Transfer to Watersport Tanjung Benoa
  • Oleh-oleh Bali (Krisna/Keranjang/Joger/Erlangga)
  • Drop airport (trip finished)

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