Negombo: Gateway to Tropical, Where Wanderers Begin and Finish

Rent a tuktuk in Negombo, Sri Lanka!

The city of Negombo can be divided into two main sections, the tourist north, where most hotels and restaurants are located. The busy centre of Negombo town lies to the west of the main bus and train station. Most places to stay, however, line the main road that heads north from the town centre, with the beachside hotel strip starting about 2 km north of town. For a convenient and adventurous way to explore Negombo, consider renting a tuktuk, allowing you to navigate between its vibrant tourist area, bustling town centre, and beautiful beachside hotels. South of Negombo, you will find the Airport, where also quite a few hotels and restaurants can be found.

Things to Do in and Around Negombo

Unravel the mysteries of Negombo

A tuktuk in the fish market in Negombo
A tuktuk in the fish market in Negombo 📸 @sup.la.vie

Rent a Tuktuk in Negombo with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Negombo

Driving a tuktuk in Sri Lanka requires a special recognition permit, and there are two ways to get this. Either with your “International Driving Permit / IDP” or your “Regular National Country Licence” with B/C endorsement (depending on your country where B/C is representing car) on it.

We can obtain your recognition permit from the AAC (Automobile Association of Ceylon) with any of the two. You will receive an email with the licence form where you can upload the documents, and we will have it ready at your pickup in Negombo. You can read more information about the Sri Lankan recognition permit here!

Get Covered with Our Comprehensive Insurance

All our tuktuks come with comprehensive insurance covering damage to your tuktuk and other vehicles. It also covers personal injury to you, your passengers, and 3rd parties. Read more about the insurance coverage here!

Master Your Tuktuk: Get Comfortable Before Beginning Your Journey from Negombo

We will provide you with an online briefing going over the final details, and we will assist you with your itinerary. Finally, receive comprehensive driving instruction before exploring paradise in your own tuktuk from Negombo.

Why Choose Tuktukrental.com?

Renting a tuktuk is an exciting and unique way to see the country’s gorgeous landscapes and immerse yourself in the local culture, especially around Negombo. Consider factors such as reputable reviews, official business registration, SLTDA registration, correct rental insurance, safety and maintenance standards, transparent pricing, customer support, license requirements, training, and environmental practices when selecting a rental company. You can read further about it here!

Your safety is our priority. We provide proper rental insurance coverage, regular vehicle inspections, and dedicated mechanics for maintenance. Roadside assistance is available in case of emergencies. We believe in transparent pricing and offer reasonable rental conditions without hidden fees. Our commitment to clear communication ensures exceptional customer service and quick resolution of any issues. Since 2019, we have offset all our carbon emissions, supporting sustainable tourism and contributing to a greener Sri Lanka.

Consider these aspects when selecting a tuktuk rental provider. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and immerse yourself in the splendour of Sri Lanka. Let the adventure begin from Negombo!

Things to See in Negombo

Muthurajawela Wetlands

One of the main bird-watching locations in Sri Lanka is close to Negombo. There are many varieties of flora and fauna that are interdependent in this coastal ecosystem, and you can also go on a relaxing boat ride in the lagoon while watching out for more birds as wildlife. Embark on an exciting tuktuk journey from Negombo to Muthurajawela and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this wetland. It’s about an hour’s drive by tuktuk from Negombo to Muthurajawela.

Negombo Fish Market

The NEGOMBO FISH MARKET is interesting because it takes place right on the beach, fresh from fishing boats. Crowds of fishermen are seen untangling their fishing nets and stretching out miles of fish to dry in the sin. Conveniently drive your tuktuk to the parking area nearby and explore the vibrant atmosphere of the fish market.

Negombo Lagoon

Enjoy a refreshing express tour under the shade of a coat canopy. You can go on a full circuit of the regular tour, including the Hamilton Canal, the fishing port, the lagoon inlet to the sea, the mangrove forest islands, and the vast main lagoon. Experience the beauty of Negombo Lagoon at your own pace by driving your tuktuk around its scenic route.

St. Mary's Church

St. Mary’s Church is a beautiful place to visit in Negombo, easily accessible by tuktuk. The stained glass and the paintings spanning the church’s entire ceiling are awesome to witness, especially considering that the church goes back almost a century and a half. Discover the architectural beauty and rich history of St. Mary’s Church by taking a tuktuk ride to this magnificent landmark.

Angurukaramulla Temple

It’s best known for its epic statue of the Buddha and its dragon entrance. Inside, you’ll find detailed murals that date back centuries. There is also a 300+-year-old ruin of a historic library here, covered in moss. Rent a tuktuk in Negombo and drive yourself to Angurukaramulla Temple to explore its remarkable Buddha statue, intricate murals, and historic ruins.

Prison

Built on the ruins of a Portuguese fort by the Dutch in 1644. It was demolished in the late 19th century by the British, who used its stones to build a prison. Park your rented tuktuk nearby and visit the prison to witness the fascinating historical site.
Girls screaming in the tuktuk in Negombo
Girls screaming in the tuktuk in Negombo 📸 TheTukTukTrip

Taste the Local Flavours in Negombo

Black Coral

Features an exciting selection of signature culinary creations for a memorable dining experience by the ocean. Discover the exquisite flavours of Black Coral’s signature dishes as you drive your tuktuk to this oceanfront restaurant. Find it here.

Coco Beach

Great quality cocktails from the pub, and they have some interesting cuisines like Italian, Chinese, and Thai. Hop on your tuktuk and head to Coco Beach to savour their delectable cuisine and enjoy their refreshing cocktails. Find it here.

Boho

At Boho restaurant, indulge in a fusion of tastes with a modern twist, which offers a broad menu influenced by various cuisines in a trendy and dynamic atmosphere. Experience the vibrant atmosphere and culinary delights of Boho by driving your tuktuk to this trendy restaurant. Find it here.

Tuktuk Wine And Dine

TUK TUK Wine and Dine offers a unique eating concept where you can appreciate excellent food while enjoying the comfortable ambience and live music on weekends. Embark on a delightful tuktuk journey to Tuktuk Wine And Dine and savour their exceptional cuisine in a lively setting. Find it here.

Regal RĂ©seau Hotel & Spa

Enjoy a gastronomic trip at Regal Réseau Hotel & Spa, where superb dining options await, with a mix of local and foreign delicacies, impeccable service, and a magnificent ambiance. Enhance your culinary experience by driving your tuktuk to Regal Réseau Hotel & Spa and relishing their exquisite dining offerings. Find it here.

Dolce Vita

Enter the pleasant and charming world of Dolce Vita, which has moved to a new location. This lovely café serves more than just coffee; it also gives a one-of-a-kind experience. Relax in the calm garden while sipping your favourite drink and playing a variety of games on the complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a relaxing tuktuk ride to Dolce Vita and immerse yourself in their serene garden ambience while savouring their delightful offerings. Find it here.

Zen Cafe

Relax in a peaceful environment at Zen Cafe, where a Zen mood greets you. Enjoy a delectable culinary experience with their vast vegan and vegetarian menu options. Zen Cafe caters to the health-conscious as well as those seeking a moment of calm, with healthy bowls and plant-based pleasures. Find your Zen by driving your tuktuk to Zen Cafe and indulge in their nourishing vegan and vegetarian dishes. Find it here.

Lords Restaurant Complex

Lords Restaurant Complex offers a variety of culinary pleasures ranging from indigenous Sri Lankan specialities to foreign favourites, all presented in a large and pleasant ambience. Explore the diverse culinary delights of Lords Restaurant Complex by driving your tuktuk to this spacious and welcoming establishment. Find it here.

 

Besides, if you walk along the streets of Negombo, you’ll come across street shops that serve short eats and finger food for very cheap. Take a leisurely tuktuk ride through the streets of Negombo and discover the local street shops offering affordable and delicious short eats and finger food.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Negombo

Miura Dutch Edge Hotel

A 10-minute drive from Negombo beach, you can park your tuktuk for free here, and it gets even better—you’ll receive a complimentary round-trip airport shuttle. Experience the convenience of Miura Dutch Edge Hotel by driving your tuktuk to this luxurious accommodation, where you can enjoy a complimentary airport shuttle service. Find it here.

Unwind Restaurant & Hostel

Unwind Restaurant & Hostel offers the ideal balance of luxury and convenience. This location is great for guests looking for a casual and welcoming atmosphere, with nice apartments and a chill-vibe restaurant. Drive your tuktuk to Unwind Restaurant & Hostel and immerse yourself in their relaxed atmosphere while enjoying the comfort of their apartments. Find it here.

Tuk Tuk Hostel - Negombo

Embrace the one-of-a-kind charm of Tuk Tuk Hostel, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture while staying in comfortable lodgings. Discover the lively ambience and welcoming hospitality that this hostel provides. Discover the unique charm of Tuk Tuk Hostel by driving your tuktuk to this accommodation and experiencing their lively ambience and warm hospitality. Find it here.

Sea Horse Hotel and Spa

At Sea Horse Hotel and Spa, you can relax on the beach. Unwind in their luxurious rooms, indulge in revitalising spa treatments, and gaze out over the sea. Drive your tuktuk to Sea Horse Hotel and Spa and enjoy their beachfront location, luxurious rooms, and rejuvenating spa treatments. Find it here.

Sea Sands Beach Hostel

Experience the laid-back beach vibes at Sea Sands Beach Hostel. With its great position by the sea, this hostel provides guests with affordable lodgings and a relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy the beach lifestyle. Enhance your beach experience by driving your tuktuk to Sea Sands Beach Hostel and immerse yourself in their laid-back atmosphere and affordable accommodations. Find it here.

Airport Residence Inn

Airport Residence Inn provides comfortable accommodation near the airport. This inn, which offers comfortable rooms and great service, is ideal for tourists looking for a hassle-free stopover or a base to explore the area’s sites. Conveniently park your tuktuk and stay at Airport Residence Inn, where you can enjoy comfortable rooms and excellent service near the airport. Find it here.

Serendib Village Guest House

Serendib Village Guest House offers a warm welcome and a homey setting. Nestled among beautiful vegetation, this guest house offers spacious accommodations and a tranquil ambience, allowing guests to unwind and have a restful stay. Drive your tuktuk to Serendib Village Guest House and experience their warm hospitality, spacious accommodations, and serene environment. Find it here.

Terrace Green Hotel & Spa

At Terrace Green Hotel & Spa, you can immerse yourself in luxury. This hotel is the ideal refuge for anyone looking for a calm and enjoyable holiday, with its modern conveniences, magnificent views, and restorative spa facilities. Indulge in luxury by driving your tuktuk to Terrace Green Hotel & Spa and enjoy their modern amenities, stunning views, and rejuvenating spa facilities. Find it here.

A shot from inside the tuktuk
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Bivora Villa

BIVORA Villa offers a bit of heaven. With its excellent rooms, lovely surroundings, and personalised service, this villa provides discriminating tourists with a delightful and enjoyable stay. Experience a heavenly retreat by driving your tuktuk to BIVORA Villa and enjoy their excellent rooms, beautiful surroundings, and personalised service. Find it here.

Ayur Ayur Ayurveda Retreat Negombo (Pvt) Ltd

Ayur Ayur Ayurveda Retreat invites you to embark on a journey of wellness and rejuvenation. This retreat offers a complete experience for individuals seeking health and relaxation, with various traditional Ayurvedic therapies and a tranquil setting. Enhance your stay by exploring the nearby attractions and local culture using a tuktuk, adding convenience and flexibility to your wellness retreat. Find it here.

Daffodils Beach Negombo

Daffodils Beach Negombo offers seaside beauty. This hotel is ideal for a great beach trip due to its prime position by the sea, spacious amenities, and welcoming welcome. Discover the coastal charms of Negombo at your own pace with the freedom of a tuktuk, allowing you to explore the beach and its surroundings with ease. Find it here.

The Canal House

Experience old-world charm and modern comfort at The Canal House. Located by the scenic canal, this guest house offers cosy accommodations, a tranquil ambience, and easy access to the nearby attractions of Negombo. Immerse yourself in the local culture and vibrant atmosphere by cruising through the city streets in a tuktuk, creating a memorable and convenient way to explore Negombo.

Jackland Holiday Cabanas

At Jackland Holiday Cabanas, you may immerse yourself in a tropical paradise. These cabanas, surrounded by lush foliage and just a short walk from the beach, provide a tranquil and soothing respite for nature lovers and beach aficionados. Enjoy the freedom and convenience of a tuktuk, allowing you to easily access the nearby beach and immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. Find it here.

Hostel First

A good place to crash either after a late flight or before departing, as it’s very close to the airport. Breakfast and WIFI are provided free, and there is ample space to park your tuktuk here. Click the link for more info.

General Arrival Information for Sri Lanka

Since Negombo is located right next to the airport, chances are high that this will be the first stop on your itinerary. Therefore, we have listed some good-to-know information to make your time in Sri Lanka more comfortable.

Sim Card

Mobile coverage across Sri Lanka is good in built-up areas and cheap, you can get a sim card that has data and voice credit for as low as Rs 700 with a domestic call cost of Rs 2. The main mobile companies have booths in the arrivals area at the airport.
  • Dialog
    See a link to their prices here and their coverage map here.
  • Etisalat
    See a link to their prices here and their coverage map here.
  • Hutch
    See a link to their prices here and their coverage map here.

Swimwear

In case you forgot your bikini or swim trunks head over to ODEL or LUV SL.

Souvenirs

Negombo is a great place to buy your souvenirs, just before you head back home, the city offers various options.

How to Get to Negombo from Airport

A Bus Ride to Negombo

From the bus stop near the airport, you can hop on a bus to Negombo (bus no187 or 240).

By Taxi to Negombo

The best option to travel from the airport to Negombo is by taking a taxi (Uber/Pickme) which will cost you around $8 – $15, where the journey will take about 12 minutes.

How to Get from Colombo to Negombo

A Train Ride to Colombo

There are regular train services from Negombo to Colombo. The journey lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

A Bus Ride to Colombo

There are regular bus services from the main bus station in Negombo to Colombo (bus no.240). You’ll find that the travel time is approximately 1.5 hours and buses depart frequently.

By Taxi to Colombo

You can also arrange a private vehicle and driver to take you. This is the fastest but most expensive way to travel. It will take approximately 30-40 minutes from Negombo to Colombo by private vehicle.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Negombo!

Travelling from Colombo to Negombo in your own tuktuk is one of the most spectacular ways to appreciate the beautiful splendour and discover Sri Lanka’s hidden gems. Renting a tuktuk provides an exciting experience, with the freedom to drive through fascinating routes and the option to pull over at any location that sparks your interest.

Head over to our online reservations system on tuktukrental.com.

Select your booking dates and extras and enter your details. Continue to the payment section and have a great time riding a tuktuk in Sri Lanka.

Frequently Asked Questions

Renting a tuktuk in Negombo is a great way to explore the city at your own pace. You’ll need a local temporary driving license, which we can assist you with.
Yes, it’s safe to drive a tuktuk in Negombo. We provide a driving lesson to ensure you’re comfortable with the vehicle.
We offer customer support throughout the rental period to assist with any issues that may arise.
On your pickup day, one of our driving instructors will drive the tuktuk with your locally approved permit (licence) and the necessary documentation to your hotel, provide you with a comprehensive driving lesson and off you go, explore paradise!

Yes, you can drop-off the tuktuk in Negombo. You can check the pick-up and drop-off charges here!

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