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Sangeh Monkey Forest

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When Hanuman, the monkey king of the Ramayana, attempted to lift Mount Meru to quash the evil giant, Rahwana, a clump of the cosmic mountain landed in Sangeh complete with a troupe of holy simians. Entering the shaded avenue of soaring “Pala” trees at Sangeh Monkey Forest, this is an easy tale to believe, and besides, the cool, dark forest certainly oozes a mystical atmosphere.

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The 14-hectare forest at Sangeh lies about 15 kilometres by road northwest of Ubud and is inhabited by roughly 700 long tail macaques (Macaca fascicularis) banded in three troupes. Pala translates in Indonesian to nutmeg, however the tree species here, Dipterocarpus trinervis aka Dipterocarpus retusus differs from the edible nutmeg native to Banda in Maluku. The lofty strait-trunked trees grow to 40 metres, and 2,000 here are interspersed with other species including mahogany, guava, and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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