I visited the Ubud Monkey Forest twice during my time in Bali. If you are in Ubud than this is an absolute must for any visit. The Ubud Monkey Forest or Mandala Suci Wenara Wana is a sanctuary and temple. Built in the middle of the 14th century, the forest contains many temples and shrines.
While I thought the monkeys were adorable my favorite part of visiting the Ubud Monkey Forest was the nature itself. Even with many tourists around, I found the forest to be a lush oasis. Walking around I was in awe of how the forest seemed to reclaim the temples and surrounding shrines. There was something so hauntingly beautiful and eerie about it all in one.
Once you head deeper into the forest and away from the tourists the forest gets quieter and even more beautiful. I’m not one for animal tourisms, so I really didn’t partake or enjoy seeing people feed the bananas. However I did enjoy seeing the monkeys away from the crowds, as they groomed each other or relaxed on branches.
I was surprisingly nervous about visiting the forest. This was partly due to me being nervous the monkeys were going to steal my belonging, something very common and that I witnessed. Secondly because I was nervous about getting bite by one of the monkeys and contracting rabbis. But I found that if you did not partake in the feeding and followed the rules of the park you were fine.
All in all I loved my visit to the Ubud Monkey Forest and would recommend it. If you are planning a trip to the Ubud Monkey Forest, check out my blog post all about the logistics of visiting here.
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