Discover beautiful Sri Lanka on one of the most legendary vehicles of all time: the Tuk Tuk!
The Tuk Tuk Trip?
There is no more adventurous or more original way to discover Sri Lanka than on the iconic vehicle that makes the roads in the country so spectacular.
During The Tuk Tuk Trip you will leave the beaten track and the busy tourist destinations and instead discover the authentic mainland the way like locals do. The average speed of a Tuk Tuk is approximately 45km/h, so you'll have plenty of time to see some beautiful sceneries along the road.
In two weeks’ time, you will be able to gawk at the monumental cultural highlights of the country as well as discover the unspoiled nature on the mainland and visit some of Asia's purest beaches. We made you a tour one the most beautiful roads of Sri Lanka. We recommend you to follow the Google Maps routes you'll receive on arrival.
The trip will end on a couple of pristine beaches that are known for having some of the country's best waves and are a favourite spot of many surfers. You'll drive between 100 and 150km a day which will give you plenty of chances to stop along the road.
NegomboHello, Sri Lanka!
The first day, you'll have the time to check in and go to our Tuk Tuk ...
SigiriyaNegombo - Sigiriya, 138 km
It's on the second day that the adventure really starts. When you feel...
PolonnaruwaSigiriya - Polonnaruwa, 64 km
Today is the perfect day to put on your sport shoes and hike those fam...
KandyPolonnaruwa - Kandy, 158km
The third day takes us right through the majestic inland of the island...
EllaKandy - Ella, 141km
Kandy is also home to the most famous Buddhist temple: the temple of t...
EllaElla - Haputale - Ella
Ella has so much to offer, we decided to stay here for two nights. If ...
HaputaleElla - Haputale, 60km
From Ella it's only one step away to the breathtaking Lipton tea plant...
TissamaharamaHaputale - Tissa, 114km
In Bambarakanda, you'll have the opportunity to wake up (extremely) ea...
TissamaharamaYala National Park
Today is safari day! For once, you can grant your tuk tuk a little res...
MirissaTissa - Mirissa, 132km
We leave the inland behind for good. From now on, only "just like in t...
Mirrisa is known as one of the surf walhalla's of the country and you ...
HikkaduwaMirissa - Hikkaduwa, 105km
On this day you have the time to relax in Mirissa. Next stop: Galle. A...
NegomboGalle - Negombo, 142km
The last day will be spend entirely along the coast line. You can take...
The Tuk Tuk Trip runs in January, February, July, August, November, December and January. Your first and last night is in Negombo (near the international airport of Colombo).
In winter 2019-2020 we plan 5 trips:
- Trip 9: Friday 08/11 - Thursday 21/11/2019
- Trip 10: Friday 22/11 - Thursday 05/12/2019
- Trip 11: Friday 06/12 - Thursday 19/12/2019
- Trip 12: Friday 20/12 - Thursday 02/01/2020
- Trip 13: Friday 03/01 - Thursday 16/01/2020
Where does the trip start?
You arrange your international flights to Sri Lanka either with us or yourself and you go to the first hostel in Negombo on the first day.
The first day, the threewheelers are delivered to the hostel and you'll get some driving instructions (from 9am to 6pm). The lessons take +- 1,5h. If you would arrive too late, you can also get your driving instructions the next day in the morning.
How to get there?
There are daily flights to Sri Lanka, Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport - (CMB), from almost every international airport in the world. You are best off trying to search through Google Flights or Skyscanner and look out for the cheapest options.
If you're joining T9, T10 or T11, you can choose to book your flights with us. We have departures from Brussels (+ €700) and Amsterdam (+ €750)*:
Departure from Brussels:
- Departure on Thursdays from Zaventem at 2:35 PM, layover of 2h20 in Dubai, arrival in Colombo at 8:25 AM on Fridays.
- Return on Thursdays from Colombo at 9:55 AM, 1h20 layover in Dubai, arrival at Zaventem at 6:45 PM on Thursdays.
Departure from Amsterdam:
- Departure from Schiphol on Thursdays at 2:30 PM, 2h25 layover in Dubai, arrival in Colombo at 8:25 AM on Fridays.
- Departure from Colombo on Thursdays at 9:55 AM, 2h20 layover in Dubai, arrival at Schiphol at 8:00 PM.
From the airport you can take a tuk tuk taxi (less than €3) to your first ho(s)tel.
* flight availabilities and prices dependant on the airline company
How do I find my way in Sri Lanka?
You will receive a detailed road book with the most beautiful roads of Sri Lanka as well as things to do on each and every spot. You will also receive premade Google Maps where the entire route and its sights have been added in advance, so you don't need to worry about finding your way. To make sure you always have connection to your maps, we'll give you a SIM card with enough data to get you to the end.
How to drive a Tuk Tuk?
First of all, you would need a valid national or international driving license.
To receive your Sri Lankan Driver's License on arrival, you will receive an email with a form to complete in the 2 weeks before departure. One driver's license per tuk tuk is included in the price, but you can opt for more in the registration form.
On day 1, you will get some tuk tuk drivers classes from a local instructor who will teach you the do's and the don'ts of tuk tuk driving.
What with mechanical problems?
Every vehicle will be thoroughly inspected by a professional team of mechanics. In the unlikely event that you would have a mechanical problem we will have a 24/7 support service available on site.
We offer two different kinds of accommodation. You can choose to spend the nights in hostels (incl.) or hotels (€170 extra per person). In the hostel you will share the room with other travellers (max. 10 people) while the hotel option ensures you will always have a private room and bathroom to yourself and your co-traveller. We ensure that during the whole trip you will only sleep in really nice, clean and comfortable places.
FAQWhat's the price?
The Tuk Tuk Trip in hostels: 485 EUR/person
The Tuk Tuk Trip in hotels: 655 EUR/person
- Accommodation during the whole trip
- Breakfast every day
- A Tuk Tuk shared by you and your companion*
- One valid Sri Lankan driving license
- A detailed roadmap featuring the most beautiful sights of Sri Lanka
- Third party insurance coverage
- Google Maps routes, importable to your phone
- Probably the adventure of a lifetime
This is not included:
- Gas for the Tuk Tuks. (+- €100 per Tuk Tuk)
- Entry fees to national parks and musea.
- Lunch and dinner (+- €10 per person, per day, for regular meals)
* You can drive a tuk tuk alone for €120 extra per person. You can also take a tuk tuk with 3 persons, but we highly discourage this because you'll have just a little space for your luggage.What to do with your luggage?
We recommend you to travel with a backpack. This is extremely useful during the trip. You can leave your luggage in the tuktuk if you want to park it and explore a piece of Sri Lanka by food. Valuable items are best taken with you. It is a very safe country so you can trust the locals that nothing would be stolen.What about the insurance?
The Tuk Tuk is automatically insured for all damage the driver is causing to other vehicles or people. You are still responsible for the damage to your own vehicle with a maximum of €400. You will be asked to pay a deposit of €150 per tuk tuk.How many people in a Tuk Tuk
Technically a Tuk Tuk could hold three people, but during The Tuk Tuk Trip the vehicle will be shared by only two people in order to ensure that you have enough comfort and that there is enough space for the luggage.Isn't the traffic dangerous?
The traffic in Sri Lanka is certainly different than in most parts of the western world. You will see a broad spectrum of vehicles (cars, elephants, chariots, donkeys, bikes, Tuk Tuks, etc.). It can get chaotic in the busy city centres, but once you leave the cities behind you will immediately notice that traffic is slowing down. We have tested the trip thoroughly and are convinced of the fact that if you drive prudently you will not incur excessive risks.Automatic or manual transmission?
The Tuk Tuks have a manual transmission. Your driving instructor will teach you how to use it on your first day.How do I check in in my hotel?
On arrival, you'll receive a ho(s)tel sheet with all the exact addresses of the accommodations.