Nepa Monkey Forest, Bangkalan, Madura, East Java, Indonesia

Nepa forest is a recreational forest surrunded by sea and it is the home of monkeys. Nepa derives from name of coconut-like tree and its leaves can be used as roof. Trees in this forest are not as tall as others. In the middle of the forest there is a creek, there is pathways which makes easy for visitors to explore. It takes to walk about 0.5 km from the main road to forest.

The unique thing about monkeys here are, those monkeys can be called by saying ” Lo Alilo Nyok Lo” means “Where you are, i come to bring victory and show your selves”.  Usually the monkey will show themselves from the trees. Yet is he caller has no good intention, they will not come. Visitors with bad intention will be lost in the forest, and can not find the way out except if they take of their clothes and wear them inside-out.

Long time ago, it is said that white monkeys also could be found here. People come here not just to do leisure travel, but also to meditate. There is a white sandy beach located here as well.

Nepa forest has a legend. Once upon a time, Raden Segoro was on a journey passing the forest, he was the son of Bendoro Gung princess, who was born fatherless. bendowo Gung was the daughter of King Sanghyangtunggal, who exiled her from palace. He and his mother lived happily nearby the forest.  Raden Segoro owned 2 wands which were actually 2 dragons named: Nenggolo and Alugoro, and both are very powerful. One day there was an emissary of King Sangyangtunggal from Medangkawulan Kingdom to pick Raden Segoro up to fight against Chinese army. The king dreamed that only Raden Segoro could conquer the army. Raden Segoro did win the war and  Raden Segoro returned to Nepa forest. He and his mother disappeared mysteriously. Locals believe that they are still living there until today protected the forest. The monkeys are believed to be holy, that no one should kill or hurt them. Both of raden Segoro’s wands are now in Arosbaya King, Prince demang palakaran and became the weapon of Bangkalan.