on February 16, 2006
This is not the only place in Bali where monkeys are treated as sacred beings, but definitely the most visited one. Due to its vicinity to Ubud, at only 2km, it is easily reachable on foot. In this forest park, the monkeys wander around freely and there is no fence to keep them there. The reason they stay here is the fact that Hindu worshippers offer food and drink to the sacred animals. The monkeys are used to people, so you can get very close or even pet them. Some of them will react rather nastily if they find out that you didn't bring food for them. Be warned, as well, for monkey mothers with small children.In the forest you can find some nice statues of animals, mostly overgrown with green moss, grass, and ferns. You can easily spend a few hours in this beautiful forest. Remember that all the animals are considered holy, so you should not bother them too much if you don't want to offend the local people.
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