Bali is the most popular destination for tourists, both for the locals and foreigners. There are so many breathtaking tourist attractions in Bali, both the nature and cultural ones.
Many tourists enjoy cultural tourist attractions in Bali, while some other tourists may love to lie down on some beaches, such as these beaches in Karangasem Bali, however, do you know that Bali is not all about beaches? There are some more interesting tourist attractions to explore.
Bali also has some amazing forest attractions. Venture to Bali’s forests will give you different perspective of this tropical island. You will find some huge Banyan trees while thriving in villages and temple ground, tamarind trees in the northern region and a dozen species of coconut palms.
Bali’s forests are also homes for exotic animals such as monkeys, civets, mousedeer and barking deer. Let’s see these 4 dense forests you can find in Bali.
- Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest is not only a sanctuary of grey long-tailed macaques, but it is also a nutmeg forest and temple. It is also called Obyek Wisata Alam Alas Kedaton.
This is one of several monkey forests in Bali. While you come here, make sure to visit Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton Temple. While visiting this temple, you can enjoy walking on pathways surrounding the mossy temple walls.
This forest is considered as an alternative to the more popular monkey forest, Ubud Monkey Forest. Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest is located in Jalan Raya Alas Kedaton, Kukuh, Tabanan Bali.
After finish visiting this forest, you can stroll past designated souvenir shops, stop for a drink or grab some meal at the eateries outside.
- Mount Batur
Mount Batur is an active volcano and a very popular trek in Bali. This volcano surrounds the 13-sq-km Batur caldera lake. You can simply take a winding road down to the lake shore. It will lead you to Toya Bungkah, Ulun Danu Batur temple and several hot springs.
Mount Batur volcano is located in Kintamani area. Kintamani area is known to be the fertile area and a top producer of fruit and vegetables in Bali. The highland area is located around 400 meters above the sea level.
It is also popular as the largest bamboo producer on the island. So, while trekking on Mount Batur, you can enjoy the view of bamboo trees. It usually takes around 3 hours. Make sure to always follow the official guides as a safety precaution.
- Sangeh Monkey Forest
Sangeh Monkey Forest is a reservation of grey long-tailed macaques in Bali. It is around 60,000 square meters of fertile forestland with primordial, giant nutmeg trees that can grow up to 40 meters in height. Most of the trees are old, some trees are even over 3 centuries old.
Sangeh Monkey Forest is also a sacred site, so you have to pay attention to some things. One of which is women on their periods or those in mourning aren’t allowed to enter the forest.
If you love visiting temples, make sure you follow etiquettes while visiting temples in Bali.
- Ubud Monkey Forest
Ubud Monkey Forest is considered as one of the most popular monkey forests in Bali. This monkey forest is a natural sanctuary and home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques. It is also called the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal.
While in this monkey forest, you can explore on paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest. While enjoying the pathways, you will meet some playful primates, swinging through canopies and feeding on bananas.
You will also see several ancient temples under dense foliage, including Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and Pura Prajapati. These two temples are dedicated to village funerals. There are also some Banyan tree roots hanging over moss-covered guardian statues and those will make some interesting photo ops for you!
Get the complete list of things to do in Ubud Monkey Forest Bali.
- West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park does not only serve you a forest area, but there are also open savannahs and mangrove swamps. It actually serves as Bali’s main wildlife and nature conservation area.
It covers around 19,000 hectares of mountainous and coastal zones. You will be able to meet almost 300 different species of animals and birds here, including the rare Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi).
To enter the park’s protected zones, a permit will be needed. You can apply for it at the park’s information center on Jalan Raya Cekik-Gilimanuk. An official guide will accompany you most of the time.
In this park, there are also several ancient temples as well as 4 peaks: Mount Prapat Agung, Mount Banyuwedang, Mount Klatakan and Mount Sangiang, the highest mountain in Bali.
It is not only Bali which has national parks, there are also national parks in West Java you can consider visiting one day.