We left early from Wilpattu heading to Kandy and hill country. I had the "Trinco Trots" last night so was not looking forward a bumpy twisting trip up the hills, but it's just so fascinating watching the people, animals and scenery go by. Soon after we started out, two cute little kids were riding an adult bike along the road. The smallest on the back and the bigger one, who was not able to reach the pedals and the seat at the same time. A few photos in exchange for candy had everyone smiling.
After a few hours of the rice paddys on the northern planes we passed through Kurunegala (the crossing point of our figure 8 tour around Sri Lanka) and almost immediately started heading up hill. The road is twisty and narrow and the driving gets pretty scary to western eyes. Overtaking on blind corners worksdue to the liberal use of the horn. It serves to warm the slow vehicle that it is being overtaken and warns people coming down there is a maneuver going on. Vehicles coming down honk in reply, and judging on the tone of the horn you can tell if there is a big truck around the corner, if you get a big toot in reply, best to give up and try later, no reply means it's Ok to pass.
We arrived safely in Kandy and visited the tooth temple. There is a scared relic of a tooth of the Buddha in a beautiful temple with a gold roof. It was the weekend so there was throngs of people, mostly dressed in white coming to the temple to put lotus flowers in front of the door protecting the relic. It was shoulder to shoulder with a crowd of all ages, I loved the fact it was busy, it gve a real sense of the devotion and respect of the worshippers.