Paintings and other forms are scattered around Ubud and the residing area
The Sacred Sanctuary
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is one of the top attractions not only in the Ubud area but on the entire island of Bali. As a testament to its popularity, tourists who are not planning to stay in Ubud still make their way to the sanctuary for a day trip. As a result, the roads to the sanctuary are particularly busy especially in the morning. To avoid the heavy traffic, we recommend that you spend at least a night in the Ubud area in order to have a convenient and hassle-free visit to the sanctuary the next day.
Officially named Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana, the sanctuary is made of dense forest. As its English name suggests, the sanctuary is home to grey-haired macaques that have long tails, acute senses and feisty attitudes. These monkeys may be nice to look at, and they do make adorable subjects for photography. But make no mistake about them, these creatures are out to swipe food (especially peanuts and bananas) that you may be trying to conceal. Tourists are highly advised not to give food to these monkeys, but there will still be someone who deliberately uses food to get closer to the animals. If you don’t want to be scratched or have a monkey sit on your head, it’s best not to bring any food during your visit.