Sangeh Monkey Forest

A beautiful, mystical forest of giant nutmeg trees, up to 40 meters high, with four temples hidden in its depth, and hordes of monkeys inhabiting trees and temples. It is he only nutmeg forest on Bali, hence the story goes that in the 17th century the trees were brought down from Gungung Agung, the Great Mountain. The plan was to secretly build a royal garden for the king of Mengwi. When the plan was exposed, the forest was called ‘Sangeh’, meaning “openly known”.

The grey long-tailed macaques live in clans, each reigning over their own area, with occasional clashes over dominion. The guards know them well, most of them individually, and prevent them from bothering visitors by only showing their slingshots. The monkeys are believed to be incarnations of a royal army, thus are sacred.


The park authorities have put some thought into the issue of accessibility. Paths are smooth and equipped with slopes or ramps, making a round trip in the forest relatively easy. We provide ramps for the few remaining stairs. For detailed information with photos about accessibility at Sangeh Monkey Forest contact us.

Monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest