We had seen this trip when we booked our holiday and as Jodie loves elephants we were really looking forward to this for months and were not disappointed.
We were collected from our hotel by Hercules who was to be our guide for the two day trip. He obviously enjoys his work as he looked after us with great enthusiasm. On arrival we were treated to a wonderful meal and then shown to our tents in a clearing in the jungle. The tents are very basic but a lot more comfortable than we imagined. We then had a tour of the sanctuary and were shown the plants and spices. Those of us that had not booked the trip to Dhudsagar Falls enjoyed some free time swimming in the river.
The highlight of the holiday followed next when we were allowed to wash the elephants using coconut shells as well as sitting on their backs while they showered us using their trunks. After our evening meal in a traditional village we were then treated to a show by four elephants and given the opportunity to feed them. Hercules then took to us to a bonfire where we enjoyed singing and dancing by the staff of the sanctuary.
In the morning I walked into the local village to get a cup of coffee and because it was a festival I watched in awe as the locals threw coloured powder over each other. These are sort of things you only see on television and shows what a wonderful country you are in and what a great people live there.
After breakfast we did some yoga in a clearing just behind the restaurant led by Hercules. We then had a ride on the elephants round the sanctuary followed by another elephant show detailing the relationship between man and elephant, before the elephants entertained us by playing football, basketball and painting pictures.
After lunch we were taken back to the hotel by Hercules who was still trying his best to entertain us.
Some things you only ever dream about and never think they will come true, this trip is one of them experiences that are better than the dreams.
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