Located in Padangtegal Village, Ubud Monkey Forest – also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ubud. So, if you’re looking for things to do in Ubud, the monkey sanctuary is the perfect place to visit but before you go, you should get familiar with some facts to keep in mind.

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Ubud Monkey Forest Facts: Things to Know Before You Go

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana or famously known as Ubud Monkey Forest is a 10-hectare, heavily forested and hilly monkey sanctuary, the natural habitat of more than 700 Balinese long-tailed monkeys. The monkeys in this sanctuary are separated into 6 groups: the main temple group, the forest conservation group, the central point group, the eastern group, the Michelin group, and the cemeteries group. They are also categorised by age, namely adult male, sub-adult male, adult female, sub-adult female, juvenile, juvenile 2, infant old, and infant black.

Besides being home to more than 180 species of trees and plants, Ubud Monkey Forest has a deep ravine that runs through the grounds with a rocky stream at the bottom, which visitors can access through the trails. There are also three temples within the park, including Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal, Pura Beji and Pura Prajapati. Other facilities in the park include a forest conservation area, a public hall and gallery, an open stage, a canteen, a first aid centre, a police post, parking, toilet facilities, and a composting facility.

When visiting the monkey sanctuary, there are certain guidelines that visitors must follow to guarantee their own safety as well as the monkeys:

• The monkeys roam freely in the sanctuary and they are usually not aggressive unless they feel the need to defend themselves when scared or provoked.
Be sure not to panic when the monkeys jump on you. Simply drop any food you have and slowly walk away when they jump off.
Remember not to run when monkeys approach! Stay calm and don’t scream, this might agitate them.
Try not to make eye contact with the monkeys as they might interpret it as a sign of aggression.
Don’t bring any food with you! When you try to hide it, they’ll definitely find it.
• Please don’t bring any plastic or paper bags to avoid littering in the forest.
• Always take care of your personal belongings! Some cheeky monkeys may steal your belongings such as sunglasses, earrings, accessories, etc.
• It’s highly advised that visitors do not touch, grab or disturb the monkeys ever! The monkeys may make contact with you, but do not touch them back to avoid any unpredictable response. Baby monkeys may look harmless, but their mothers are extremely overprotective so beware!
Don’t feed the monkeys any kinds of snacks and drinks including peanuts, cookies, bread, candy, etc. as it may affect their health.

The local community considers Ubud Monkey Forest a sacred sanctuary that must be preserved at all cost and is an integral spiritual, educational, economic, and conservation centre for the Padangtegal Village. Therefore, visitors must always be mindful, respect the culture and follow the guidelines when visiting Ubud Monkey Forest.

Ubud Monkey Forest is now open every day from 9am to 4pm. For more information, please call +62 361 971 304 or visit monkeyforestubud.com

Ubud Monkey Forest
Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud
+62 361 971 304

Brian Sjarief

Brian Sjarief

Brian is a writer at NOW! Bali. He developed his central interest in the arts from an early age, pursuing his studies in Motion Pictures & Television in San Fransisco with a focus on screenwriting. Through this long-held passion for film, he now channels his creativity into storytelling, be it written, visual or otherwise.