Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary – Ubud

On a particularly hot and humid day, we decided to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in the heart of Ubud, Bali. Not the best decision because it gets even more hot and humid in the monkey forest. Ideally, one must go if your trip is blessed with a cloudy day. If not, then well, no choice. And it’s not one of those typical places you may have in mind if you’re an Indian – crowded, dirty, not maintained, etc. Being such a public place, home to so many monkeys and seeing so many tourists on a daily basis, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is surprisingly a very very clean, organized and well-maintained place to visit and it’s absolutely not a bad idea to check it out once during your Ubud trip.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | path through trees full back

The Monkey forest is walking distance from the Ubud Palace and very centrally located. It also has more than one entrance and exit so you can choose to make a loop or enter from one point and exit from another. Great place for families with kids to visit too. There are officials at all corners over-looking the activities of both the monkeys and tourists. A lot of people are given the option of buying bananas to feed the monkeys and have an opportunity for one to maybe even sit on your head or shoulder for a quick touristy photo. I didn’t personally see a single aggressive monkey and in some cases if the monkey is beginning to get too friendly with you, there is always an official nearby who comes to your rescue.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | monkey portrait

There is absolutely no need to visit this place with a guide unless you are a total imbecile. Everything is perfectly explained and organized.

There was just an instance of some traumatic monkey drama I witnessed – an alpha male having intercourse with a baby monkey. It’s apparently an act of dominance – didn’t stop thinking of it for while. Other than that it was a lovely experience. Go with time, patience and a camera on hand. Some wet tissues won’t be a bad idea either to beat the heat. Here are pics from the visit:

At the entrance:
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | entrance board wide

Ticketing counter
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | ticketing counter

Our tickets
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | tickets

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | walking with monkey full back

Temple inside the sanctuary. Tourists are not allowed to enter it.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | temple side long

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | cow statue

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | temple front long

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | full front next to stone work

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | demon with tongue out

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | witch statue

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | entry to monkey forest half side

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | leg split statue

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | monkey picking lice

There is also a sort of an amphi-theatre where visitors can sit in the shade and the monkeys sometimes just come and sit next to you.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | amphitheatre me far phone

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | temple stone work long

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | pool phone

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | path through trees half back

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | temple wide phone

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - Ubud | Akanksha Redhu | baby monkey

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