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Rent a Tuktuk in Ella, Sri Lanka!

Explore Ella, a hidden gem in Sri Lanka’s highlands brimming with natural beauty and rich culture.” From the comfort of your own tuktuk, explore travelling roads, rich tea farms, and stunning vistas. In Ella, you can experience the thrill of an actual adventure!

Things to Do in and Around Ella

A Normal tuktuk on the side of Ella's board
A Normal tuktuk on the side of Ella's board 📸 @hungariandreamers

Experience the magic of Ella like never before with
“Rent a Tuktuk”

Rent a Tuktuk in Ella with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Ella

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 Ella. 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 Ella

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 Ella.

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 Ella. 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 with Ella!

Things to See in Ella

Little Adam's Peak

Embark on an exhilarating climb to Little Adam’s Peak for spectacular panoramic views of Ella’s lush green valleys and tea plantations. Furthermore, you can reach this location in your tuktuk, adding an adventurous touch to the experience.

Nine Arch Bridge

Witness the architectural marvel of the Nine Arch Bridge, a stunning railway bridge surrounded by verdant landscapes. Moreover, it offers a stunning spot for photography and train sightings. Additionally, easily access it with your tuktuk to capture the perfect shot.
a lady with tuktuk rental bag and Nine Arch bridge in the background
A lady with tuktuk rental bag and Nine Arch bridge in the background 📸 @takeapostcard

Witness the architectural marvel of the Nine Arch Bridge, a stunning railway bridge surrounded by verdant landscapes

Ella Rock

Conquer the challenging trek to Ella Rock and be fascinated by the breathtaking view of Ella’s landscape and renowned mountain ranges, making it a must-see for hikers. Enjoy the journey in your tuktuk and make unforgettable memories.

Ravana Falls

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Ravana Falls, a cascading waterfall situated against a stunning setting where you can swim and capture amazing moments. Moreover, your tuktuk allows you to reach this picturesque waterfall and enjoy its serene surroundings easily.

A Fall in Ella
A Fall in Ella 📸 @steveyalo

As someone who loves nature and photography, there’s nothing quite like capturing the beauty of the changing seasons

Ella Spice Garden

Explore aromatic gardens, learn about traditional medicine, and sample delicious spice-infused dishes at Ella Spice Garden. Additionally, experience some cooking classes, where you can discover the secrets of Sri Lankan spices and herbs. Conveniently access the garden in your tuktuk and savour the flavours. Find it here.

Demodara Loop

Take an exciting train trip through the Demodara Loop, a railway loop that provides a fascinating engineering marvel and spectacular views of the surroundings. Moreover, enhance the adventure by taking a tuktuk ride through this loop for a unique and exhilarating experience.

Ella Gap

Admire the stunning Ella Gap, a scenic viewpoint that exhibits a dramatic valley between Ella’s mountains, presenting a panoramic vista fit for a photographer. Capture the breathtaking view and add an adventurous touch by reaching it in your tuktuk.

Ravana Pool Club

Dive into Ravana Pool Club’s colourful ambience, where you can relax by the pool, sip cool cocktails, listen to live music and absorb the tropical ambience in the heart of Ella. Easily access this vibrant oasis with your tuktuk and enjoy a memorable evening. Find it here.

Zip Line Adventure

Embark on a thrilling zip line adventure, soaring through Ella’s lush vegetation and enjoying bird’s-eye views of the surrounding landscapes. Make it a memorable and exhilarating experience, further enhanced by the excitement of your tuktuk journey. Find It here.

Ravana's Cave

Discover the mystical Ravana’s Cave, steeped in mythology and folklore, where you may explore the dark depths and hear about the enthralling tales related to the ancient monarch Ravana. Additionally, add to the sense of adventure and discovery by accessing this legendary spot in your tuktuk.

Taste the Local Flavours in Ella

Raha Ella Sri Lanka

Indulge in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine with savoury curries, aromatic rice dishes, and local delicacies served with great hospitality in a cosy and friendly ambience at Raha Ella. Furthermore, you can conveniently reach this restaurant in your tuktuk and savour the flavours of Sri Lanka. Find it here.

Café UFO Ella

Delight in diversified cuisine featuring international dishes at Café UFO, accompanied by courteous service and a laid-back environment. Moreover, this popular destination offers a pleasant and calm ambience to unwind. In addition, you can easily drive your tuktuk to this café and experience a culinary journey worldwide. Find it here.

Cafe One Love

Savour wonderful comfort cuisine and refreshing beverages at Cafe One Love. The friendly staff, warm location, and relaxed vibe make it the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a good meal. Moreover, you can hop on your tuktuk and make your way to this cosy cafe for a delightful dining experience. Find it here.

Cafe Chill

Immerse yourself in the casual atmosphere of Cafe Chill, where courteous service awaits you. Indulge in a wide range of foods, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and delectable desserts. Not only can you enjoy the delicious offerings, but you can also easily explore this cafe with your tuktuk and satisfy your cravings for mouthwatering treats and beverages. Find it here.

Center Point Ella

Discover a variety of Sri Lankan and international cuisines at Center Point Ella. With attentive service and a dynamic ambience, this restaurant appeals to both locals and tourists. Moreover, you can conveniently reach this culinary hotspot in your tuktuk and enjoy a memorable dining experience that caters to all tastes. Find it here.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Ella

Box on Clouds

Enjoy a pleasant stay at Box on Clouds, where rustic-style cabins nestled among nature offer a peaceful respite. Immerse yourself in the serene environment and take in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. You can easily reach this tranquil retreat in your own tuktuk, adding to the charm of your stay. Find it here.

1964 Boutique Hostel

Experience modern accommodations at the 1964 Boutique Hostel, featuring a dormitory and private rooms. With light common areas, courteous staff, and a central location, this hostel is an ideal choice for budget-conscious travellers. Furthermore, you can conveniently drive your tuktuk to this centrally located hostel and enjoy a comfortable and affordable stay. Find it here.

Tomorrowland Hostel

Immerse yourself in a dynamic and active atmosphere at Tomorrowland Hostel. With a budget-friendly dormitory and private rooms, common spaces, and a welcoming community spirit, this hostel is a beautiful stay for backpackers and solo travellers seeking a vibrant experience. In addition, you can embark on an adventurous journey to this hostel in your own tuktuk, enhancing your travel experience. Find it here.


Discover the beauty of Noname, a guesthouse offering nice accommodations, kind hospitality, and a serene environment. You can find a peaceful refuge amidst Ella’s natural beauties and easily reach this guesthouse in your tuktuk. Experience a tranquil stay that rejuvenates your senses. Find it here.

Little Folly Ella

Enjoy a nice and comfortable stay at Little Folly Ella, where elegantly appointed rooms, individualised service, and a calm garden location create an ideal atmosphere for relaxation and peace. You can retreat to this cosy haven in your own tuktuk, immersing yourself in a serene and soothing environment. Find it here.


Indulge in a one-of-a-kind lodging experience at BBQ HUB, featuring comfortable rooms and vibrant outdoor space with BBQ equipment. The relaxing and friendly atmosphere provides the perfect setting for visitors to mingle and enjoy a great stay. Moreover, you can conveniently drive your tuktuk to this unique lodging, adding an element of convenience to your stay. Find it here.

Astral Zone Cottage

Escape to Astral Zone Cottage, where small cottages surrounded by beautiful nature offer an inviting ambience and friendly hospitality. Experience a pleasant and healing stay in this tranquil retreat. You can easily access this cottage in your tuktuk, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds it. Find it here.

Holiday Homes Guest Inn

Feel at home at Holiday Homes Guest Inn, where comfortable accommodations and dedicated service await. With its ideal location, this inn is an excellent option for visitors seeking a welcoming ambience and a pleasant stay. Furthermore, you can conveniently drive your tuktuk to this welcoming guest inn and enjoy a comfortable and homely experience. Find it here.

Pepper Hills Hostels

Lose yourself in nature and unwind at Pepper Hills Hostels, offering rustic-style rooms, breathtaking vistas, and a warm atmosphere. Embrace the beauty of the surroundings and enjoy a peaceful and rejuvenating stay. You can easily access this nature retreat in your own tuktuk, enhancing your connection with the natural environment. Find it here.

Ella Alpine Resort

Indulge in a magnificent vacation at Ella Alpine Resort, featuring wonderful suites, fantastic service, and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape and enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable stay. Additionally, you can drive your tuktuk to this resort and savour the convenience of exploring the area on your own terms. Find it here.

How to Get to Ella from Colombo

A Train Ride to Ella

Travelling by train from Colombo to Ella is an incredible journey that takes you through some of Sri Lanka’s most scenic landscapes. Departing from Colombo Fort, the train offers regular schedules and a comfortable ride. While there is no direct train from Colombo to Ella, you can take a train to Kandy and then catch the famous Kandy to Ella train, known for its breathtaking views. To find the train timetable click here.

Travel from Kandy to Ella

The train ride from Kandy to Ella is a highlight, with picturesque tea plantations, charming villages, and stunning mountain vistas. Make sure to keep your camera ready as you pass through the iconic Nine Arch Bridge and enjoy the lush greenery of the surrounding countryside. The journey from Kandy to Ella takes approximately 6-7 hours, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

Pros and Cons of travelling by train from Ella to Surrounding areas

While the train rides from Kandy to Ella are exciting and unforgettable, there are some considerations to keep in mind:

Pros: The train journey allows you to experience the beautiful scenery of Sri Lanka’s hill country, panoramic views and the opportunity to mingle with other travellers. The scenic routes of the train rides offer glances at tea estates, waterfalls, and picturesque landscapes.

Cons: The train can be crowded, especially during peak seasons, and standing for the duration of the journey without a clear view from the window is expected. With limited seating and availability, it may be difficult to find a comfortable spot. Furthermore, train schedules may not always perfectly align with your planned itinerary.

Exploring by Tuktuk is an alternative option:
A tuktuk adventure is a fantastic option for those looking for flexibility and the freedom to explore at their own pace. Driving a tuktuk allows you to take in the breathtaking scenery on your own time, stopping wherever you want to photograph waterfalls, tea plantations, and wildlife. You can travel from Kandy to Ella by taking advantage of the incredible roads that provide a one-of-a-kind driving experience.

Find out more about the Train transfer service for tuktuks HERE.

Train rides from Colombo to Ella and beyond, whether by rail or tuktuk, provide an exceptional opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and fascinating sceneries of Sri Lanka’s hill country.

A Bus Ride to Ella

To travel by bus from Colombo to Ella, begin your journey at the Colombo Central Bus Stand, known as the Pettah Bus Station. From there, take a bus to Badulla, which will take you through Ella. The journey usually takes 8 to 9 hours.
To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to the official website of the Sri Lanka National Transport Commission (NTC).
It is advised to check bus timetables in advance and to be prepared for a lovely and lengthy bus ride through Sri Lanka’s magnificent countryside.

By Taxi to Ella

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 5-6 hours from Colombo.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Ella!

Travelling from Colombo to Ella 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 and 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.

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