If you want to see true Balinese nature and wild living animals, Monkey Forest should be in your destination list. This nature reserve is located approx. 2 kms south from Ubud. Its full name is Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Balinese Mandala Suci Wenara Wana). Except of many monkeys, you will find a Hindu temple complex within the forest as well. You can find many amenities there, we can mention a forest conservation area, public hall and gallery, canteen, deer enclosure, first aid center or composting facility.
It was so much fun. We bought bananas at the entrance and within 1 minute they were all gone!.
In the forest, approx. 600 monkeys known as Balinese long-tailed monkeys are living. According to Monkey Forest official website, you can find these 5 main groups of monkey in the forest living in different zones. Each group has around 120 monkeys:
|Infants||Juvenile||Juvenile 2||Sub adult male||Adult female||Adult male|
|0-1 years||1-2 years||2-4 years||4-6 years||>4 years||>6 years|
Monkey forest is great experience for all ages, especially kids will love it. You can go there with prams or carry your baby in Manduca. To enjoy the atmosphere, spend there minimum of 1.5 – 2 hours.
Entrance fees are approx:
- IDR 40.000 for adults (3 USD)
- IDR 30.000 for children (2.25 USD)
Thanks for an interesting article – we went there and our kids loved it so much. The forest is a retreat in tropical Balinese weather, you can spend there easily a few hours, watch the baby monkeys, feed them, stroll around, admire the wonderful flora… There are two other monkey forests closed but the one in Ubud is the most famous.
Great place indeed – go to Ubud in the morning, do some shopping, maybe a temple and then head back to the monkey forest to hide before the heat. Very nice place and very kind staff.