Alas Kedaton temple, just up the road from Tabanan, to get another taste of the place. Alas Kedaton has a temple, that is rather drab, a huge ‘art market’ outside the temple area, plus a selection of tall tress containing many macaque monkeys. Alas Kedaton temple is situated between Mengwi and Tabanan, in the village of Marga. The best way to get the from Kuta is to go through Kerobokan towards Canggu or Tanah Lot, turning right towards Tabanan and continuing through the main east-west road, and heading north. From Kuta the drive should take about 40 minutes.
The holy place surrounded by jungle where the monkey lived in there. And 'Kalong' or bats lived in there too. The visitors can make them to be photographed easily. Ask the guide man and they will happily assist you how to make this happen. All visitor can see them hanging around in the big tree branches and sometimes we can see them flying around. The Alas Kedaton Forest is one of recommended place to visit while you are in Bali. The Alas Kedaton is one of favourite place of interest in Bali you should visit
The Alas Kedaton Temple is mostly green as it is covered in moss and has a sedate tranquil atmosphere in this area of cultural and natural beauty. You will find that the monkeys are tame and very used to people in the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest although it is still important not to anger the monkeys as this in when they can change in nature. Food can be taken in to give to monkeys although sometimes this can make you a target for a monkey mugging which can be an interesting experience.
It is also worth noting that monkeys true their reputation are incredibly cheeky and intelligent, this is what makes them so interesting and amusing. However this means they no that tourists often bring food in bags into the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest meaning that bags to a monkey are potential lunchboxes rather than your storage of a wallet phone and valuable items. Don’t be a victim of this, keep all your zips closed and don’t have anything loose in your pockets that you would not like to lose and be careful with your cameras.
With this aside it is great to see these monkeys enjoying the resource of tourism as well as providing entertainment and there are always young and baby monkeys in the families as well as grooming and playing to be watched.
Strolling through to the large garden area, I stopped and said hello to an older Balinese man and his friends. He offered to show me round and tagged along for a while. I really wasn’t so interested in the monkeys, as I’ve seen plenty before. Among the signs posted was one mentioning the ‘7 enchantments’, which were Security, Orderliness, Cleanliness, Coolness, Beauty, Hospitality and Rememberence. I wouldn’t score very high on Coolness or Beauty, but I hope Hospitality is one that might get me some points.
Another sign posted outside the temple had the following list of instructions:
The temple is closed to:
1. The women who are in menstruation, newly giving birth and abortion.
2. Visitors in the mood of condolence or having dead relatives within the last 3 days.
3. Visitors disrespect our local customs and regulations about entering the temple.
4. Visitors having vices which is negative to the holiness of the temple.
5. Visitors who disrespect the holy environment and the temple therefore we appreciate if you dress up and behave properly. Make use of the toilet, keep the cleanliness of the building as well as the temple wall.
Thank you for your deep attention.
Buying an adult ticket for 10,000rp, I passed under the huge sign saying “Welcome, this is a tourist object.” People seemed friendly, inviting you to browse their shops after visit temple and monkey if you want buy not buy is no problem.
For day or half day tour bookings to the Place please contact Ketut Maryana at DriversBali.com
Phone: +62 81 2397 7705 (Mr. Ketut Maryana)