The Ubud Monkey Forest is a popular destination for those who want to experience Balinese wildlife as well as the island’s rich natural heritage. The forest is well-known for its macaques, who live within the forest and among the temples located inside. The Ubud Monkey Forest is located on the outer edge of Ubud.
The monkeys here are long-tailed macaques and are about three hundred in number. It should be noted that these monkeys are not terribly friendly but won’t hesitate to approach visitors and go through their bags, even snatching items. There is a place to buy food to give to the monkeys, but it really isn’t advisable.
The main temple inside the forest is the Pura Purana, over six hundred years old. There are several other Hindu temples inside as well, easily accessed but still shaded by the tall trees of the surrounding forests. The temples have fallen into ruin, but are quite interesting to visit and explore.
Unlike some other monkey forests in Bali, the Ubud forest is staffed by local guides who can explain the history of the temples and the local conservation efforts that take place here. They can also help you should the monkeys take anything from you.
Scientists continue to carry out important research on not only the monkeys of Ubud, but the many species of trees which grow here. The forest environment is one of the most impressive natural wonders in Bali and, accordingly, the Ubud Monkey Forest is one of the best attractions in the area.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is located up the aptly-named Jalan Monkey Forest. It is sometimes referred to as Padangtegal Monkey Forest. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.