Ubud Monkey Forest is located at Padangtegal Village, center of Ubud, is one of Bali’s several grey long-tailed macaque-inhabited forests, and perhaps the best known among the rest due to its community-based management, location and ease of access. Also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and by its official designation as Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana, Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of scientific research as well as a site of spiritual and cultural aspects with temples sanctified by the local villagers deep within its grounds.
Ubud Monkey Forest is dwelt by 300 monkeys, pertained to long tail inclusive macaques or macaca fascicularis group which owns the wide disseminating area. All the monkeys in this forest consisted of three groups, dwell certain area and use the certain place and certain time. However, it also happened that entire group can use the forest and whenever two groups are existing at same place and time, they will fight each other. These monkeys are believed as Gods Guard of Dalem Agung Temple, The Hindu Temple exist in the middle of forest.
There are three Holy Temples in this monkey forest and those are existing surround the forest and it is estimated built in the middle of 14 century, in the early governance of Gelgel dynasty. Dalem Agung Temple is located in northwest from the forest represent the existence of most important temples. Beside of two others, that are Permandian Temple, in Westside from this forest and Prajapati Temple which is located in south-east side where the place of Dewa Siwa (Siwa God), one of the Khayangan Temple in Padang Tegal Village.
The village foundation manages Ubud Monkey Forest as a tourism site as well as a conservation effort. Recent years have seen such efforts taking place, with research and studies carried out on their health, diet and breeding habits. Also, despite its small size, approximately tenth of a square kilometre, the forest is home to some 115 different species of trees, some of cultural and spiritual significance, adding even more meaning to its ‘sanctuary’ title.