Monkey Forest – Ubud

January 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Monkey Forest – Ubud

Officially called Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana, houses three holy temples and serve as a sanctuary to over 600 long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). The area occupies 27 lush, green acres at the lower end of Jalan Monkey Forest in the village of Padang Tegal.

Enter south from the Ubud main town Centre and royal palace, and after a curve right, the forest is hard to miss on the left-hand side because it lies on a one-way street. Ubud Monkey Forest is one of Bali’s several monkey inhabited forests, and perhaps the best known among the rest due to its community-based management, location and ease of access.


The forest and everything within it are held to be sacred by the villagers. There are several holy sites located within the complex related to the Balinese Hindu beliefs about death and reincarnation, with a surprisingly important role played by the little scamps that call it home.

The Ubud Monkey Forest describes its mission as conservation of the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu principle of Tri Hita Karana (“Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”), which seeks to make people live harmoniously during their lives.

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