Alas Kedaton temple and Monkey Forest lies in Kutuh Village in Marga district, Tabanan, approximately 25 kilometres northeast of Denpasar capital and 4,5 kilometers from Tabanan regency. Thus theoretically, it should be considered as part of Mengwi, yet in reality the Tabanan royal family has developed most influence over this temple. Inside the forest is a namesake temple, usually referred to as Pura Dalem Kahyangan Kedaton. This expansive complex is nestled amidst the dense woodland. Pathways surrounding the moss-covered temple walls provide a nice ambling tour, while the many places to stop and look over the shoulder high partitions provide an insightful view into the temple grounds.
The temple was built by the Hindu high priest, Mpu Kuturan, to unify the island's Hindu sects, merging them into the Balinese Hinduism we know today. The high priests concepts allowed anyone from any sect to offer their prayers at Alas Kedaton temple. The Balinese long-tail macaques are considered sacred. So are the hoards of flying foxes that zoom through the misty forest lofts.