Seven Bali Holidays

Sangeh Monkey Forest

Monkey's Sanctuary in Central Bali

Sangeh Monkey Forest, near the village of the same name in south-central Bali, is a sanctuary for grey long-tailed macaques. Aside from the monkeys, the forest sanctuary is home to approximately 22 different bird species, as well as a diverse range of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.
The monkey forest encompasses approximately 6 hectares of fertile forestland and is home to ancient, 40-metre-tall nutmeg trees. Sankey Monkey Forest also has mahogany, guava, and sapodilla trees, some of which are over three centuries old.

Sangeh Monkey Forest is a natural reserve famous for its monkey "tribes." Each of the grey macaques in the nutmeg grove has a ring leader. And in the greatest territory, there is only one supreme ruler or'king,' who lives in Bukit Sari Temple, a hallowed temple going back to the 17th century. Locals refer this a rare tree specimen as Lanang Wadon (which means "male-female"). This tree's bottom features a hole with a down-pointing branch that looks like genitals. It's a Milkwood pine, which may be found at the forest's entrance. It's commonly used to construct religious masks in Bali.
Good to know about Sangeh Monkey Forest
The grey macaques have a bad reputation for taking stuff from people who are wearing conspicuous jewelry or have loose items. Although their traits have improved with time, it is still a good idea to be cautious and treat them like wild creatures. Near the parking and entry are art stalls and snack vendors. Sangeh Monkey Forest is a sacred sanctuary, thus women on their periods or in mourning are not permitted to enter. The sanctuary is located near Sangeh, some 25 kilometers north of Denpasar, the island's capital.

Open : Daily, 09.00 am - 04.00 pm

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