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Ubud Monkey Forest

Enter a dense rain forest full of banyan trees and flowing streams to visit ancient Hindu temples and baths and see agile macaques swing in the treetops.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a site for Balinese Hindu worship and every aspect of the grounds has sacred meaning, from its trees and temples, to its long-tail macaques. This site is also a research center where you can learn more about the monkeys and some 115 species of trees. The site is also known as the Padangtegal Monkey Forest because it is owned by the village of Padangtegal, one of Ubud’s communities.

Enter the tropical Monkey Forest to explore the temple complex. The original pagodas, pavilions and shrines are thought to date back to the mid-14th century, but many have eroded over time and some of the current structures are replicas. The biggest structure, the Dalem Agung Temple, is the main temple and used for everyday rituals. The Prajapati Temple is used for cremation ceremonies and the Holy Bathing Temple, almost hidden from view near the stream, is used for cleansing rituals.  

Meet some of the macaques who call this jungle home. There are more than 600 of them, living in four troops. In Balinese Hinduism, which incorporates elements of animism, Buddhism and ancestor worship, the monkeys are considered as sacred as the buildings. The monkeys are cheeky; don’t feed them and guard any items they can grab.

Watch the locals give offerings and use certain trees for religious purposes. The leaves of the banyan tree, also known as the beringin tree, are used in cremation ceremonies and the wood of the pule bandak tree is used for masks.

Ubud Monkey Forest is open daily. The admission fee helps maintain the site; you can make additional donations at the main entrance. It’s easy to get to the site on foot if you are staying in Ubud. Free parking is available for vehicles.

When accessing this active place of worship, rent or bring a sarong and cover your legs. Women need to cover their shoulders too. Anyone who has a child under 4 years old, is menstruating or wounded, or has buried or cremated a relative in the past week, is not allowed to enter the main temple.


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Alaya Ubud

Alaya Ubud

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4.7
of 5, from 179 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this luxury resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Wayang Kulit, Ubud Monkey Forest, and Agung Rai Museum of Art. Peliatan Palace and Komaneka Fine Art Gallery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$35
Champlung Sari Hotel

Champlung Sari Hotel

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3.9
of 5, from 60 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this hotel is steps from Ubud Monkey Forest and Wayang Kulit. Komaneka Fine Art Gallery and Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$130
Komaneka at Rasa Sayang

Komaneka at Rasa Sayang

Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud Gianyar, Ubud
4.6
of 5, from 49 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Ubud Monkey Forest and Wayang Kulit. Komaneka Fine Art Gallery and Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$243
Royal Kamuela Villas - Monkey Forest Ubud

Royal Kamuela Villas - Monkey Forest Ubud

Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud
4.8
of 5, from 121 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ubud Monkey Forest and Wayang Kulit. Komaneka Fine Art Gallery and Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$34
The Evitel Resort Ubud

The Evitel Resort Ubud

Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
3.9
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wayang Kulit, Ubud Monkey Forest, and Agung Rai Museum of Art. Peliatan Palace and Komaneka Fine Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes.

$15
Ubud Permai Bungalow & Spa

Ubud Permai Bungalow & Spa

Jalan Monkety Forest No. 9, Ubud
1.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this spa hotel is steps from Ubud Monkey Forest and Wayang Kulit. Komaneka Fine Art Gallery and Pondok Pekak Library & Learning Centre are also within 15 minutes.

$39
Kakiang Bungalows

Kakiang Bungalows

Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud
3.9
of 5, from 17 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ubud, this spa resort is within a 10-minute walk of Agung Rai Museum of Art, Wayang Kulit, and Ubud Monkey Forest. Agung Rai Museum of Art and Komaneka Fine Art Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$39
Pondok Pundi Village Inn

Pondok Pundi Village Inn

Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud
4.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Ubud City-Centre, this family-friendly Ubud hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ubud Monkey Forest and Wayang Kulit. Ubud Traditional Art Market and Komaneka Fine Art Gallery are also within 15 minutes.