Alas Kedaton Temple is a small forest with the owns the natural environments that is looked green with its fresh air and create the calm, quite and holy atmosphere.
Alas Kedaton bali holy monkey forest temple is one of a hindu bali holy place, that also become a favorite tourism objects. Alas Kedaton sacred monkey forest is located right in the middle of a tropical rain forest in Tabanan regency. Alas Kedaton holy monkey forest temple, is also quite popular visited by local tourists, domestic, or foreign tourists when enjoying Bali holiday packages. Literally name of Alas Kedaton comes from word of "Alas" means forest, and "Kedaton" means the place of palace (temple).
Alas Kedaton holy monkey forest temple is located at Kukuh village, Marga sub-district, Tabanan regency. And the temple function as Penyungsungan Jagat (General temple) for Balinese Hindu community. Alas Kedaton holy monkey forest temple built by a Hindu holy priest named MPU Kuturan, and at the time Bali still ruled by a king Sri Masula - Masuli, according to Sading inscription in 1100 Caka - 1177 Caka or in 1178 AD - 1255 AD. The position of Alas Kedaton holy monkey forest temple is facing to the west side, and there are 4 entrance or exit very unlike the other temples normally found in Bali. So Alas Kedaton sacred monkey forest is a unique temple, with the inner yard temple position is lower than the middle yard.
The temple ceremony in Alas Kedaton Temple is carried out every 210 days a year. It is on Anggarakasih Medangsia (Balinese Hindu calendar) or on every Tuesday where on that time the society do the worship or pray to request the safety and prosperity. The unique in this ceremony is do not use the fire and do not hence Penjor and also finished before the sunset or before the night is come.
In growth of handling of this tourist destination, Alas Kedaton Temple has several become a training location about tourism nature, environmental handling and agro tourism. Alas Kedaton is many visited by the tourist from local and foreign countries which are generally a lot of paying a visit on August, December until January, while the local tourist generally pay a visit on holiday season and feast day of Ramadan (Moslem holiday) and this place is good to be visited in the day time. In front of Alas Kedaton temple there are quite a lot small shops selling the handicraft as souvenir, for example clothes, pants and other handicrafts. Others, there are some shops booth selling food and beverage, toilet and park area which is wide enough.
Visiting Alas Kedaton Temple Bali, at least there are 3 interesting things we can see :
* First is the funny of the monkeys around the trees, Is free from charge of taking picture of monkey
* The second one is bat show, must paid in order to enjoy the bat show at Alas Kedaton Temple
* The third one is take some pictures with the snake. must paid to take picture with the snake. is good expereince especially for the children,can bring a very interesting experience related to the animals
In Alas Kedaton Temple, there are about 2.000 monkeys. They are the most attractive magnet for the visitors. The visitors can give some foods to the monkeys directly. Just put some nuts or cookies on your hand and those monkey will be happy to eat. With only some nuts on the hand, some brave visitors can take some pictures while the monkeys eating the nuts on their head, or hand. When doing this activity it is very advised to not wearing your hat, or glasses. The monkey have a bad attiture: they will steal your hat or glasses when ever they have a chance.
Atraction at Alas Kedaton Temple
The authorities of Alas Kedaton Forest, Desa Adat Kukuh, Marga, Tabanan has designed the forest full with the monkeys, to interact with the visitors directly. Of course, all of the monkey is gentle. They are not bad, as long as the visitor does not doing some bad thing, like hit them.
Another attraction is a bat show. It is not ordinary bat, but a giant bat. Very big. You will not see this kind of bat in daily life. So in Alas Kedaton Temple this could be the only one experience taking picture with a giant bat.
Last attraction or the third one is taking the picture with the snake. Not only for adults, kids is also very happy with the attraction. Again, this is not a wild snake like we often see in National Geographic. Although the snake is very big and long, but this creature is a gentle one. Some photograph with the snake in Alas Kedaton can be good here.
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