We got up at 5:00am for an hour jeep ride in residual monsoon rains (it cleared up later) with a chai stop on the way. On the drive into the sanctuary saw a few elephants and one bison. We then did a 3.5 hour trek into the jungle with a native guide (SriLankan refugees settled in there) and had a great time (even saw tiger footprints). Great views but lots of leeches (right after monsoon). Had one leech bite (yuk but not dangerous just a little blood). In the preserve saw one snake and one big chameleon. Also a short boat ride to a waterfall. On the way back we saw lots of elephants (some with tusks), sambar (deer), Malabar spoonbill, giant squirrels, etc. A very full day but totally worthwhile even if a little outside our comfort zone (mostly the leeches).
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