Location: west from Ubud
By car from Ubud: 45 minutes
Monkeys have a special status in Hindu religion, and a number of Balinese temples boast a resident monkey population, respected by devotees and duly fed and photographed by tourists. The Monkey Forest (Bukit Sari) in the village of Sangeh, is the most atmospheric of these, its unruly inhabitants the self-appointed guardians of the slightly eerie Pura Bukit Sari.
Two temples, including the ancient Pura Bukit Sari Temple (built 17th century), stand in the middle of the forest and another is at the edge.
As they live in a sacred forest, the monkeys are also held sacred by the Balinese and are, therefore, rather tame.