The Sacred Monkey Forest is situated in Ubud and is under 25 minutes’ drive from Chapung Sebali. The harmonious relationship that made it possible for this conservation project to be installed makes it the perfect tourist destination as you can learn about the culture and religion of the Balinese.
The Mission of the Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest is not just a tourist attraction and it is important that visitors keep this in mind. It is very important to the economic and spiritual lifestyles of the residents. It also focuses on research into the social habits and interactions of monkeys.
There are 600 monkeys that live in the sanctuary and they are of the species known as the Balinese long-tailed macaque. Due to the large population of monkeys, conflicts often break out among them. But mostly they stick to their territories.
The average female monkey is 2.5 – 5.7 kg and an adult male is 3.5 – 8 kg. A male monkey lives to be 15 years on average while a female, lives for 20.
There are 3 main temples in the Monkey forest, and they are Pura Dalem Agung dedicated to Shiva the Destroyer, Pura Beji dedicated to the personification of the Goddess Gangga and Pura Prajapati which is right next to the cemetery.
It is important to keep the importance of the forest in mind if you are visiting it while staying at any of the Ubud hotelson holiday.