About Tuktuk Rental
We help local tuktuk owners earn extra income by matching them with avid travellers (like you) who want a self-driving adventure like no other. We get YOU behind the handlebars of late model tuktuks so you can explore Sri Lanka like a local!
As a social business, we pay people above the regular rate to ensure we are giving back to the community where we can. We have a fair contract with the local tuktuk owners so we can help them put food on the table for their families and we pay them up to 5 times what they would otherwise get for their vehicle.
In Sri Lanka, there are about 1.5 million tuktuks and most of them are still on financial loans that the drivers are trying to repay (a new tuktuk costs almost $5000 due to high government taxes). We’re not doing a huge amount, but hopefully, with every hire, we are making a small dent to help these people. We are a company that is trying it’s best to help local people support their own families. When you rent with us, the difference you make in the lives of the local tuktuk owners is substantial!
As a premium rental provider, we also seek to enhance your journey in all aspects. Our prices include unlimited km’s, full insurance, comprehensive driving lessons, phone holder and charger, spare tyre, adventure platform (map with 1000+ off the beaten track locations), social group chat with all other customers on the road, extra’s to make you comfortable and 24/7 extensive on the road support.
In 2013, Tom bought a beat up tuktuk and travelled over 3,000 kilometres from North to South of India. Since then, he’s been thinking of how he can give others the same feeling of freedom and adventure that comes with driving a culturally iconic 3-wheeled glorified lawnmower. To help make this vision a reality in 2016 he co-founded ‘tuktukrental.com’ with his mate Richard.
AUTHENTIC TRAVEL WITH TUKTUK RENTAL
We believe the best way to travel anywhere in the world is like a local, and that the best and most fulfilling memories start with you choosing your own adventure. So what better way to travel like a local and choose your adventure than in the driving seat of your very own tuktuk?
TukTuk Rental operates out of the beachside suburb of Mount Lavinia, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. We work hard behind the scenes to make renting a tuktuk in Sri Lanka as easy as possible. We source late model and reliable tuktuks and sort out all the paperwork so you can turn up and go. At its core, the business is an online platform that links tourists with local tuktuk owners.
Wietse, the flying dutchman, manages our Sri Lankan and Indian operations from Colombo. Although not quite as famous as his twin brother, Will Ferrell, Wietse is a man of a many talents and works night and day to keep you safe on the road.
Gayan is our accounting and finance master wizard. He makes sure our books are as clean as the rear axles of our tuktuks! Based in Colombo, Gayan works on both our Sri Lankan and Indian operations.
Chatura manages our operations team. All tuktuks are inspected by him and his team to make sure they are top notch before we give you the keys. Chatura organises repairs and speaks with our 50+ local suppliers daily.
Aruna was one of our first tuktuk suppliers. We liked him so much that we offered him a job in our operations team. Aruna works with Chatura and Shafraz to keep your three wheels spinning.
The man behind the mission; Tom set up Tuktuk Rental in 2016. He now lives back in Australia with his young family.
Richard is one of original founders. He works remotely from Australia, but loves coming to Sri Lanka as often as he can – especially for the Tuktuk Tournament!
Parke is our Operations Manager in Kerala, India. Parke loves social entrepreneurship; before joining us he started a vegetable wholesale business that supported local farmers.
Shehara is the face of TukTuk Rental in Sri Lanka. If you’ve booked with us, most likely Shehara will have walked you through everything you need to know to hit the ground running!
If there’s something that needs fixing, Dushyantha will get it done. Whethere it’s your tuktuk or your suitcase ‘Big D’ is the man for the job. He also gives fantastic tuktuk driving lessons!