Sangeh Village

Sangeh Village is located about 35 km from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, can be reached within 1 hour. This area is settled in Sangeh Village, Abiansemal Sub-District, Badung regency.


Sangeh Forest or sometimes called as Nutmeg Forest is known for its 13 hectares of forest dominated by nutmeg trees and the majority of its inhabitants are long-tailed gray apes (Macaca fascicularis).



Based on the mythology, the name of Sangeh consists of two words, namely "Sang" meaning "man" and "Ngeh" meaning "See." So Sangeh can be interpreted as a person who "See." According to the legend, the forest is now called Sangeh occurred when a princess of the Gods from Mount Agung wanted to move to Mengwi. In the evening the nutmeg forest also walked to accompany the Goddess. However, on their way, some people looked at their movement, then the forest stopped there up to the present. The Goddess then is referred to as having her shrine at Bukit Sari Temple, the temple in the middle of Sangeh Forest while her warriors were cursed into the monkeys who remained faithful to accompany the Goddess in the forest.


Entering this area, at the Candi Bentar (the gate), there is a big statue of a giant knight, namely, Kumbakarna was being attacked by dozens of apes. The statue portrays the story of Ramayana puppet is very well known in Bali. Around Kumbakarna Status there are two lion statues. There is a small temple called Melanting Temple in the middle of the forest area and a large temple called Pucak Sari Temple. At the end of the route to the exit way, there is a giant holy nutmeg tree.


These trees have uniqueness, and they are called Lanang and Wadon trees (male-female trees). These threes named so because the nutmeg trees are shaped like male and female genital mutually side by side. The miracle of those trees creates an interesting uniqueness in tourist areas of Sangeh.  


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