Alas Kedaton Temple and Monkey Forest
ALAS KEDATON TEMPLE
Alas Kedaton is a small forest with the width about 6-7ha located in the middle of the rice field in Tabanan regency, it is about 40 minutes driving from Denpasar city. The total size of this forest, temple and its supporter facility is about 12 ha. In this forest, there is a temple called Alas Kedaton Temple and owns the natural environments that is looked green with its fresh air and create the calm, quite and holy atmosphere. The monkeys in Alas Kedaton are very tame and free gallivanting in temple yard, so that the calm atmosphere is sometime solved by noise voice of the monkey, which are playing around and scrambling of food. The monkeys who dwell in this forest, there are jump up and down in temple wall, take a bath in moat or there is also hang out in few leaves representing impression view. And also you can fine the other animal such as Bats or butterfly and many more.
ALAS KEDATON TEMPLE CEREMONY
ceremony in Alas Kedaton Temple is held once every 210 days or six months Balinese calendar like most of the temples in Bali but the difference is every times ceremony held (at Anggarakasih Medangsia – Balinese Hindu Calendar) they will not use fire and penjor decoration, elements that are essential in the temple ceremony in other places in Bali and the ceremony of this monkey forest Alas Kedaton Temple is finished before the sunset while in other temples in Bali the ceremony is usually held until late at night.
Day time is the best time to visit Alas Kedaton temple. There are quite a lot of small shops selling the handicraft as souvenir, for example clothes, pants and other handicrafts, In front Of the temple. Others, there are some shops booth selling food and beverage, toilet and park area which is wide enough. Don’t miss to visit this place during your holiday in Bali.