divayina vatā the tear of india

During a thirteen days adventure, the Divayina Vatā or the Tour around the Island takes you past the most different landscapes of Sri Lanka.

Ayubowan!

Or "Live long!". The most common used greeting when you drive past a local in your very own tuk tuk. From the moment you take place behind the wheel, you become a national legend.

This tour will take you to discover a big part of the island so you can have a taste of all different climates it has to offer: the countryside of Sigiriya, the mountain range around Ella, the swamps at Tissamaharama and the stunning coastline past Mirissa.

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THE ROUTE

Your adventure starts in your ho(s)tel just 10 minutes away from the national airport. From Negombo we'll have a calm first leg to Sigiriya, where you will climb the Pidurangala Rock.

Next up is Polonnaruwa, famous for its temples, Kandy, where Buddha's tooth is kept safe and Ella, the most vivid town in the mountains.

From there you'll head south to Tissamaharama, the safari place for leopards and follow the coastline to Mirissa, the surf and whale walhalla to end up in Wadduwa, just south of Colombo.

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Picture of Sigirya
Picture of Mirissa
Picture of Polonnaruwa
Picture of Yala national park
Picture of Nine arches bridge
Picture of Lipton ice tea plantations
Sigirya
Picture of Sigirya
Mirissa
Picture of Mirissa
Polonnaruwa
Picture of Polonnaruwa
Yala national park
Picture of Yala national park
Nine arches bridge
Picture of Nine arches bridge
Lipton ice tea plantations
Picture of Lipton ice tea plantations

Itinerary

Negombo

Negombo

AYUBOWAN!

The first day, we organise a general meeting with all Tuk Tuk Trippers...

Hostel Hangover Hostel
Hotel Grandeeza
Date DAY 1
Sigiriya

Sigiriya

NEG - SIG 138 KM

It's on the second day that the adventure really starts. When you feel...

Hostel Jungle Vista
Hotel Saunter Paradise
Date DAY 2
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

SIG - POL 64 KM

Today is the perfect day to put on your sport shoes and hike those fam...

Hostel Priyanna Guesthouse
Hotel Seyara Holiday
Date DAY 3
Kandy

Kandy

POL - KAN 158 KM

The third day takes us right through the majestic inland of the island...

Hostel Nature Walk Resort
Hotel Thilanka
Date DAY 4
Kandy

Kandy

MOUNTAIN OASIS

Kandy is also home to the most famous Buddhist temple: the temple of t...

Hostel Nature Walk Resort
Hotel Thilanka
Date DAY 5
Ella

Ella

KAN - ELL 141 KM

Today, a trip between rocky landscapes and picturesque scenery, we rea...

Hostel City Reach
Hotel 88th Ella
Date DAY 6
Ella

Ella

UP IN THE CLOUDS

Ella has so much to offer, we decided to stay here for two nights. If ...

Hostel City Reach
Hotel 88th Ella
Date DAY 7
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama

ELL - TIS 132 KM

You'll drive towards the Yala National Park, home of various wild anim...

Hostel Elephant Pass
Hotel Coconut Gardens
Date DAY 8
Mirissa

Mirissa

TIS - MIR 132 KM

Today you'll start very early with a Yala National Park Safari to try ...

Hostel Space Garden
Hotel Esprit d'Ici
Date DAY 9
Mirissa

Mirissa

BEACH WALHALLA

Mirrisa is known as one of the surf walhalla's of the country and you ...

Hostel Space Garden
Hotel Esprit d'Ici
Date DAY 10
Wadduwa

Wadduwa

MIR - WAD 127 KM

From Mirissa to your next stop, you'll follow the coastline up Nort...

Hostel Barasti Beach
Hotel Ocean Queen
Date DAY 11
Wadduwa

Wadduwa

BEACH & CHILL

Today you can park your tuk tuk on the side and choose from an enor...

Hostel Barasti Beach
Hotel Ocean Queen
Date DAY 12
Negombo

Negombo

WAD - NEG 82 KM

Today is your last day with your Tuk Tuk. You can choose to experie...

Hostel Hangover Hostel
Hotel Grandeeza
Date DAY 13

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The tuk tuk trip explained

When and where do we start?

During Summer, we organise three big tours. Of course, if none of these trips fit your calendar, you can always contact us to receive a personal inquiry.

  • TRIP 1: 13th July - 26th July 2020
  • TRIP 2: 29th July - 11th August 2020
  • TRIP 3: 14th August - 27th August 2020

The first day, the threewheelers are delivered to the ho(s)tel and you'll get some driving instructions (from 9am to 6pm). The lessons take +- 1,5h.

We strongly advice you to arrive one day early.

What documents do I need?

To be sure you're admitted on the island and permitted to drive the Tuk Tuk you'll need to following documents:

  • An international passport
  • A driver's license B
  • An international driver's license*
  • Depending on your country of origin: a valid visa**

*You don't need this to apply for your Sri Lankan Driving permit, but you do need it when you would be involved in any kind of traffic situation involving the police.

**All information regarding the visa is found here

How to get there?

There are daily 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.

From the airport you can take a tuk tuk taxi to your first ho(s)tel.

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 need to upload your driver's license on your profile. 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 driving classes from a local instructor who will teach you the do's and the don'ts of tuk tuk driving.

Lodging

During your registration you can opt to sleep in hostels (€525 pp) or hotels (€695 pp).

In the hostels you have:

  • A shared accommodation with the other adventurers
  • Breakfast included

In the hotels you have:

  • A double or a twin room
  • Breakfast included
  • A pool from time to time

FAQs

The Tuk Tuk Trip in hostels: 525 EUR/person
The Tuk Tuk Trip in hotels: 695 EUR/person

When registered, a down payment of 20% must be paid. The amount due is expected 1 month before departure.

Local expenses are limited to extra activities, food and drinks, gasoline and souvenirs. You can think off €400 per person in total extra.

  • Accommodation during the whole trip
  • Breakfast every day
  • A Tuk Tuk shared by you and your companion*
  • A Sri Lankan Fixer and a Tuk Tuk Trip Ranger
  • 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.

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.
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.
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.
The traffic in Sri Lanka is certainly different than in most parts of the western world. First of all, they drive on the left side of the road. You will see a broad spectrum of vehicles (cars, elephants, chariots, donkeys, bikes, Tuk Tuk's, 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.
The tuk tuk's have a manual transmission. Your driving instructor will teach you how to use it on your first day.
On arrival, you'll receive a ho(s)tel sheet with all the exact addresses of the accommodations.
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.

Other questions, check our FAQ!

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