Situated in Bali’s Tabanan Regency, the Alas Kedaton Monkey and Bat Sanctuary is home to hundreds of free-roaming monkeys and domesticated big bats. Over the years, the Alas Kedaton holy monkey forest has become a favorite stopover and can rival that of the more popular Ubud Monkey Forest.
The species of monkeys that live on the island of Bali is the crab-eating macaque (long-tailed macaque, scientific name is Macaca fascicularis) that is native to Southeast Asia. Locals simply call them as the Balinese long-tailed monkeys and are considered as sacred. Thus, villagers, tour guides, and visitors are forbidden from ever harming them, no matter how aggressive they may be.
The megalithic Hindu temple located in the middle of the Kedaton forest is said to have been built at around 1178 AD – 1255 AD.
And while the monkeys generally stay away, it’s best to not get too close since they’re known to attack or take things when they feel threatened or disturbed.
A small section of Alas Kedaton also features domesticated fruit-eating bats–which you can touch–with guidance of course.
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