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Rent a Tuktuk in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka!

Nuwara Eliya, the “city of lights”, is the highest town in Sri Lanka, and that means a break from the oppressive heat and humidity surrounding the rest of the country. It offers many tourist activities, including visits to tea plantations, golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking, and of course, exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus. Hemmed in by three of the highest mountains in the country, Piduruthalagala, Great Western and Haggala, the city looks very isolated. Yet it’s just a four-hour drive from Colombo. Explore the enchanting town of Nuwara Eliya in a tuktuk, allowing you to navigate its scenic landscapes, visit tea plantations, indulge in outdoor activities, and experience the refreshing mountain climate. Rent a tuktuk and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the highest town of Sri Lanka.

Things to Do in and Around Nuwara Eliya

Tea trail in the mist - Hop on a tuktuk and traverse the mystical beauty of Nuwara Eliya's lush tea estates
Tea trail in the mist - Hop on a tuktuk and traverse the mystical beauty of Nuwara Eliya's lush tea estates 📸 @marktheadventure

Rent a Tuktuk in Nuwara Eliya with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Nuwara Eliya

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 Nuwara Eliya. 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 Nuwara Eliya

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 Nuwara Eliya.

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 Nuwara Eliya. 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 been offsetting 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 splendor of Sri Lanka. Let the adventure begin from Nuwara Eliya!

Things to See in Nuwara Eliya

Single Tree Hill

Single Tree Hill is the best vantage point to observe the beauty of Nuwara Eliya. Easily accessed by the road across the tea estate, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Piduruthalagala Mountain, Haggala Mountain, Lake Gregory, and the entire town of Nuwara Eliya. For an incredible view, drive your tuktuk to Single Tree Hill, where you can witness the breathtaking beauty of Nuwara Eliya from the best vantage point. For the location of Single Tree Hill, click here.

St.Clair’s Fall

St. Clair’s Falls is one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka, often called the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka.” These falls are unusual, consisting of a double cascade derived from different water sources. Embark on an adventure in your tuktuk and visit St. Clair’s Falls, where you can witness the impressive double cascade and the natural beauty of the surroundings. For the location of the falls, click here.

Horton Plains

To experience a wonderful hike, the best time to explore Horton Plains is early morning, just as the sun rises. Don’t miss the iconic World’s End, a sheer cliff offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. Tickets can be obtained at the gate (LKR 4000 for foreigners). Start your day early by driving your tuktuk to Horton Plains and embark on a captivating hike, where you can witness the breathtaking World’s End and the stunning natural beauty of the plains. For the location of Horton Plains, click here.

Blue Field

Bluefield provides a fascinating insight into the process of growing and manufacturing tea, as well as the various blends produced. Discover the world of tea by driving your tuktuk to Bluefield and learn about the intricate process of tea production and sample the different blends. For the location of Bluefield, click here.

Sita Temple

The Sita Temple is a lively sight on the hill, with its golden structure depicting Ashok Vitaka, where Goddess Sita was kept captive by Ravana. The temple also features Hanuman’s feet and hand imprints. Immerse yourself in the religious significance of the Sita Temple by driving your tuktuk to this golden structure and experience its vibrant atmosphere and historical importance. For the location of the temple, click here.

Pedro Tea Estate

Discover yourself in the world of tea manufacturing by visiting the gorgeous Pedro Tea Estate. Take a guided tour to learn about the tea-making process, then relax with a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea. Drive your tuktuk to Pedro Tea Estate and take a guided tour to learn about the fascinating tea-making process, followed by a relaxing moment enjoying a cup of Ceylon tea. Click here to find more.

Gregory Lake

Enjoy a day of relaxation at Gregory Lake, a man-made lake surrounded by beautiful nature. Take a boat trip, enjoy lakeside lunches, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. The lake is also a popular destination for water sports such as paddle boating and jet skiing. Enhance your day by driving your tuktuk to Gregory Lake, where you can indulge in activities such as boating, lakeside dining, and even water sports.
Picture-perfect nostalgia - Embrace the vintage vibes and snap an Instagram-worthy shot with your tuktuk at Nuwara Eliya's colonial post office.
Embrace the vintage vibes and snap an Instagram-worthy shot with your tuktuk at Nuwara Eliya's colonial post office. 📸 @chasinggambozinos

Explore the enchanting city of Nuwara Eliya at your own pace by renting a tuktuk

Victoria Park

Victoria Park, a beautifully designed park in the middle of Nuwara Eliya, is a peaceful haven. Stroll among the bright flowers, towering trees, and well-kept lawns. The park is ideal for nature enthusiasts and provides a calm respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Escape the city’s noise and drive your tuktuk to Victoria Park, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature, surrounded by colourful flowers and majestic trees.

Nuwara Eliya Golf Course

Take off at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest golf courses. Enjoy a round of golf while taking in the stunning mountain vistas and the cool atmosphere. Golf fans will have a good time on the well-maintained course. Indulge in a game of golf by driving your tuktuk to Nuwara Eliya Golf Course and experience the breathtaking mountain views and refreshing atmosphere while playing on this historic course. Find it here.

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields offers the delicacy of locally farmed strawberries. Stroll around the strawberry fields, picking fresh strawberries and enjoying their delicious tastes. Don’t forget to taste the farm’s delectable strawberry-based snacks and drinks. Drive your tuktuk to Strawberry Fields and immerse yourself in the sweet experience of picking fresh strawberries and savouring the farm’s delightful strawberry-based snacks and beverages. Find it here.

Ambewela Farm

Ambewela Farm, a highland dairy farm famed for its milk production, offers a taste of country living. Take a farm tour, see the cows and other livestock, and learn about the dairy business. At the farm’s café, you may enjoy fresh milk products and delectable food. Experience the charm of country life by driving your tuktuk to Ambewela Farm and embarking on a farm tour, where you can interact with cows, learn about the dairy industry, and savour fresh milk products and delicious food at the farm’s café. Find it here.

Tuktuk in the tea plantation field In Nuwara Eliya
Tuktuk in the tea plantation field In Nuwara Eliya 📸 @manel_travels

Immerse yourself in the cool mountain air, savour the aromatic flavours of Ceylon tea

Taste the Local Flavours in Nuwara Eliya

Lake View Pub

Lake View Pub is an International standard pub that offers international cuisines and alcoholic beverages. Hop into your tuktuk and make your way to Lake View Pub, an International standard pub where you can indulge in a variety of international cuisines and enjoy a wide selection of alcoholic beverages. Click here to get the location of the pub.

Edinburgh Tea Train

Edinburgh Tea Train serves European, Asian, International, and Sri Lankan cuisine, and they also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Take a ride in your tuktuk and arrive at Edinburgh Tea Train, a restaurant with a diverse menu featuring European, Asian, International, and Sri Lankan dishes. With their vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone. Click here to get the location of the restaurant.

Barnes Hall

Barnes Hall serves European, Asian, International, and Sri Lankan cuisine, and they also have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Embark on a culinary adventure by driving your tuktuk to Barnes Hall, a restaurant that tantalises your taste buds with a fusion of European, Asian, International, and Sri Lankan flavours. They cater to various dietary preferences, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Click here to get the location of the restaurant.

Tea Factory Hotel Restaurant

Tea Factory Hotel Restaurant serves Asian and Sri Lankan dishes, and they also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Take a scenic tuktuk ride to Tea Factory Hotel Restaurant and savour the authentic flavours of Asian and Sri Lankan cuisine. Whether you have dietary restrictions, they have delicious options for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan dishes. Click here to get the location of the restaurant.

Hela Bojun Hala

For authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, head over to this restaurant. Embark on a cultural and culinary journey by driving your tuktuk to Hela Bojun Hala, a restaurant specialising in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine. Experience the rich flavours and traditional dishes that showcase the essence of Sri Lankan culinary heritage. Click here to get the location of the restaurant.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Nuwara Eliya

Ferncliff

This Bungalow, built-in 1846, Ferncliff Bungalow, is a rustic heritage bungalow in Nuwara Eliya. Jump into your tuktuk and travel back in time as you visit Ferncliff, a rustic heritage bungalow from 1846. Experience the charm of this historic property and immerse yourself in its rich history. To check out their website for more information, click here.

Luxe Wilderness

Located in possibly the most breathtaking location in the whole of Nuwara Eliya, Luxe Wilderness offers stunning views of Nuwara Eliya city, Lake Gregory, Tea Plantations, and Mount Pedro. Embark on a scenic tuktuk ride to Luxe Wilderness, nestled in one of the most awe-inspiring locations in Nuwara Eliya. Take in the breathtaking views of the city, the serene Lake Gregory, the lush Tea Plantations, and the majestic Mount Pedro. To check out their website for more information, click here.

Sherwood Cottage

Located close to the city centre, with beautiful scenery, Sherwood Cottage provides a convenient and picturesque accommodation option. Cruise through the streets in your tuktuk and reach Sherwood Cottage, a charming accommodation near the city centre. Enjoy the proximity to the attractions while being surrounded by beautiful scenery. To check out their website for more information, click here.

Aaradhya Villa

Situated in Nuwara Eliya, just 3 Km from Lake Gregory and 4 Km from Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Aaradhya Villa offers a convenient location for exploring the area’s attractions. Hail a tuktuk and make your way to Aaradhya Villa, a comfortable accommodation situated in Nuwara Eliya. With its proximity to Lake Gregory and Hakgala Botanical Gardens, you’ll have easy access to nearby attractions. To check out their website for more information, click here.

Suriya Guest

Located in very quiet surroundings and with a nice view of Lake Gregory, Suriya Guest provides a peaceful and scenic retreat. Hop into a tuktuk and experience tranquillity as you arrive at Suriya Guest. Nestled in a quiet area, this accommodation offers a pleasant view of Lake Gregory, providing a serene atmosphere for a relaxing stay. To check out their website for more information, click here.

Laughing Leopard Pvt. Ltd.

Experience a one-of-a-kind stay at Laughing Leopard, where comfort and excitement effortlessly mix. Enjoy comfortable lodgings, kind hospitality, and various fascinating activities to make your visit unforgettable. Embark on an adventure in your trusty tuktuk and arrive at Laughing Leopard Pvt. Ltd., a unique accommodation that combines comfort and excitement. Indulge in their comfortable lodgings, experience their warm hospitality, and explore the range of captivating activities they offer. Find it here.

Blue Moon Hotel

Blue Moon Hotel, located among the beautiful landscapes of Nuwara Eliya, offers a calm refuge. Relax in comfortable lodgings, dine on delectable food, and enjoy the kind of hospitality that will make you feel right at home. Embark on a scenic tuktuk ride and discover the serene Blue Moon Hotel, nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Nuwara Eliya. Unwind in their comfortable lodgings, savour their delicious food, and experience the warm hospitality that will make you feel like you’re in your haven. Find it here.

Sri Lanka's tea heritage - Discover the unique hand-plucking process as practiced by local farmers in the tea haven of Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka's tea heritage - Discover the unique hand-plucking process as practiced by local farmers in the tea haven of Nuwara Eliya 📸 @sofimprado

How to Get to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo

A Train Ride to Nuwara Eliya

Unfortunately, there aren’t direct trains to Nuwara Eliya, but you can get a train from Colombo Fort station to Nanuoya, where the journey lasts approximately 6 hours and 5 minutes And then from Nanuoya to Nuwara Eliya, you could take a taxi which the journey is about 9 minutes. Find the train timetable here.

A Bus Ride to Nuwara Eliya

There are bus services from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus terminal to Nuwara Eliya (no.79). The journey takes approximately 6 hours.
To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to the official website of Sri Lanka National Transport Commission (NTC).

By Taxi to Nuwara Eliya

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 2 hours and 46 minutes from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Nuwara Eliya!

Travelling from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya 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.

Tea tales on the road - Capture the essence of Nuwara Eliya's tea culture with a tuktuk drive through the emerald plantations
Sri Lanka's tea heritage - Discover the unique hand-plucking process as practiced by local farmers in the tea haven of Nuwara Eliya 📸 @sofimprado

Head over to our online reservations system on tuktukrental.com. Select your booking dates, 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 Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya. 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 Nuwara Eliya. You can check the pick-up and drop-off charges here!

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