The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and complex of temples in Ubud. This forest “sacred” is home to several hundreds of monkeys and 3 temples.
Each of the three temples on its meaning, if they were built in the 14th century. The most important Pura Dalem Agung is located at the “summit” of the monkey forest, a little further we find the temple of the sacred bathing and the nearby temple for the cremation of one of two cemeteries that found in this forest.
The forest has a high biodiversity and researchers have listed over 115 different varieties of trees, despite its size than a tenth of a square kilometer.
The sacred forest is visited monthly by some 10,000 tourists came to discover this little piece of virgin land was within walking distance of downtown Ubud and admire the 500 monkeys tame that populate the area.
The monkeys inhabit the forest are commonly called long-tailed macaque, because it differs from other macaques in the length of its tail, similar to that of his body. The species is also known as crab-eating macaque names, Java macaque or cynomolgus monkeys. In Indonesia it is known as Kera, perhaps because of its sharp cry of alarm when he is in danger.
With the protection of the forest, the population of monkeys has increased from 69 in 1985 to 600 in 2010. In 2007 the forest was home to about 350 (32 adult males, 19 adult male sub, 76 adult females, 120 juveniles and 55 infants)
despite their tunes little angel, monkeys can sometimes be aggressive and thieving, monitor your bag, sunglasses and cameras.
The forest is called Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana or sacred Shrine of the Monkey Forest and part of the village Padangtegal a few hundred meters from the center of Ubud and the site is managed by The Foundation Padangtegal Wenara Wana used to maintain its integrity sacred and to promote the site among tourists.