Village Tourism
Sangeh Village

The Holy Monkey Forest Sangeh and Bukit Sari Temple

The only Monkey forest with its historical value: Bukit Sari Temple a Friendly Monkeys and a huge nutmeg trees around the forest make the holy Monkey forest Sangeh much more attractive and more beautiful "Come and Witness"

Welcome to Holy Monkey Forest, Sangeh, and a 14 hectares homogeneous Pala (nutmeg) forest, in habited by hundreds of tame monkeys. The trees cannot be found on any other part of Bali and their existence in this village remains a mystery. This is the biggest and the first monkey forest introduced as a tour­ism resort in Bali. The high Pala trees shade a mossy temple of

Bukit Sari amidst the forest. It is a Hindu temple heritage by Mengwi Kingdom, which was build, in the 17th century.

Bukit Sari Temple

In the Sangeh Monkey Forest, a protected grove of nutmeg trees where tribes of monkeys dwell as honored guests can be found a spacious temple known as Pura Bukit Sari Sangeh. This temple originally built by the royal family of Mengwi, and is now taken care of by the people from the village of Sangeh. According to history Anak Agung Anglurah Made Karangasem Sakti, the adopted son of Raja Mengwi, Cokorda Sakti Blambangan, built Bukit Sari. Mengwi was once one of Bali's major Kingdoms, nearby to Sangeh, only 18 km from Denpasar. At the beginning of the 17th century the royal family of Mengwi ruled over the area Blambangan to East Java Anak Agung Anglurah Made Karangasem Sakti had from his childhood practiced "tapa rare" a kind of meditation wherein on the state of childhood. Thus he obtained the inspiration to build a temple in the nutmeg forest at Sangeh. To this day, the Bukit Sari temple remains as a testament to the duty and respect that the Royal Family of Mengwi pays to the Gods of Mount Agung.