Galle Where History Unfolds, Waves Speak, Love Sings, and Art Blossoms

Rent a tuktuk in Galle, Sri Lanka!

Discover Galle, a beautiful city on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast. Explore the renowned Galle Fort, a 16th-century Portuguese colonial marvel. As you meander through its cobblestone lanes and majestic ramparts, immerse yourself in its rich history. Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Asia’s largest intact stronghold from European occupation, is a must-see destination. Rent a tuktuk and explore this charming city’s hidden gems, diving into its rich history and enjoying its distinct charm.

Things to Do in and Around Galle

A Muslim mosque
A Muslim mosque 📸 @reispackers

A beautiful city on Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast

Rent a Tuktuk in Galle with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Galle

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 Galle. 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 Galle

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 Galle.

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 Galle. 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 Galle!

Things to See in Galle

Galle Lighthouse

Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of the world’s oldest fortresses, the Galle Dutch Fort, which is also a UNESCO heritage site. Additionally, while the lower part of the fort is now home to shops, cafes, and restaurants, there is much more to discover. Furthermore, you can explore the fort’s hidden gems while enjoying a thrilling tuktuk ride. You can find the location of the fortress here.

A Tuk and the lighthouse in the background
A tuk and the lighthouse in the background 📸 @hungariandreamers

The Galle Dutch Fort, which is also a UNESCO heritage site

Galle Dutch Fort

Immerse yourself in the rich history of one of the world’s oldest fortresses, the Galle Dutch Fort, which is also a UNESCO heritage site. Additionally, while the lower part of the fort is now home to shops, cafes, and restaurants, there is much more to discover. Furthermore, you can explore the fort’s hidden gems while enjoying a thrilling tuktuk ride. You can find the location of the fortress here.

Dutch Reformed Church

Located within the premises of Galle Fort, the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1755, showcases captivating architecture and fascinating features, including a remarkable organ and a grand pulpit made from calamander wood. Notably, you can enjoy the ride on your tuktuk as you marvel at the church’s beauty. You can find this location here.

Japanese Peace Agoda

Discover serenity at the Japanese Peace Pagoda, a tranquil temple near the beachside. Moreover, you can soak in the breathtaking sunset views and the calming ocean vista. Easily accessible by tuktuk, this peaceful haven is a must-visit. You can find this location here.

Jungle Beach

Unwind at the vibrant Jungle Beach, a small sandy paradise with a lively atmosphere. In addition, you can explore the clean shores and indulge in snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters. Moreover, you can conveniently reach this beach by embarking on a tuktuk journey. Find the location of this amazing beach here.

National Maritime Museum

Delve into Sri Lanka’s maritime heritage at the National Maritime Museum. Engage with intriguing exhibitions featuring ancient relics, ship models, and navigational tools, offering insights into the region’s seafaring legacy. As a result, you can enjoy a captivating ride on your tuktuk to this museum. Read more here.

Selfie kind of picture while the tuktuk is moving
Selfie kind of picture while the tuktuk is moving 📸 @robertaburico

Indulge in Local Cuisine at Galle Fort Food Street

Treat your taste buds to a Tasty adventure with an array of delectable Sri Lankan dishes and international flavours.

Take a Boat Safari in the Madu Ganga River

Discover a variety of wildlife while cruising through mangrove forests and stopping at the charming little islands scattered along the river.

Embark on a Whale-Watching Excursion

Visit the ocean to see glorious whales and dolphins in their natural environment and make lifelong memories. You can find a cruise with Viator, GET YOUR GUIDE or Navy.lk.

ART Underneath Galle Fort’s Skin

As you step into the historic Galle Fort, a wave of artistic energy embraces you. The cobblestone streets transport you to a world of contemporary Sri Lanka, filled with colorful shops and hidden galleries. Every turn reveals a delightful surprise, calling you to explore and discover the heart and soul of Galle’s artistic spirit. Lose yourself in this fascinating haven, where creativity and beauty come together to create a magical moment.
Regular tuktuk and a couple in Galle
Regular tuktuk and a couple in Galle 📸 @generationnomads

Lanka Living Gallery

Discover a captivating collection of contemporary artworks that reflect the various textures of the Lanka island and have been mixed with art by a fantastic kind host who enjoys discussing arts over coffee. Find this amazing place here.

Karma Collection

Enter Karma Collection and be captivated by its varied collection of art and artefacts. This gallery features one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate the beauty and diversity of Sri Lankan craftsmanship, ranging from complex sculptures to stunning paintings. Find it here.

The Galle Fort Art Gallery

The Galle Fort Art Gallery, located within the historic Galle Fort, is a treasure trove of artistic brilliance. Explore its carefully curated collection of paintings, photography, and mixed media artworks, all of which showcase the talent of local and international artists. Find it here.

Arya Art at Galle Fort Ambalama

Arya Art at Galle Fort Ambalama provides a relaxing atmosphere where art and culture meet. Admire exquisite paintings and sculptures highlighting the broad range of Sri Lankan artistic expressions. Find It here.

Exotic Roots Concept Store

Exotic Roots Concept Store offers a fusion of art and design. This gallery features a diverse collection of contemporary artwork, handmade crafts, and stylish home decor items inspired by Sri Lankan traditions and aesthetics. Find it here.

Barefoot Galle Fort

Barefoot Galle Fort, a charming gallery and store celebrating Sri Lanka’s artistic spirit, will delight your senses. Explore its collection of handcrafted textiles, ceramics, and artworks, all made with a commitment to environmentally friendly practices. Find it here.

Taste the Local Flavours in Galle

Aqua Fort

An Authentic Italian restaurant with delicious food, is definitely worth its price. Moreover, its menu consists of various items, from starters to main courses and desserts. Additionally, you can reach this location in your own tuktuk and enjoy a delightful culinary experience. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Abacate

A nice family-run business creating memorable dining experiences for its customers through its amazing service and authentic Sri Lankan food items. Furthermore, it would cost between $5 – $9 per person to dine here. In addition, you can easily reach this restaurant in your own tuktuk. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Sugar Bistro

Located inside the old Dutch hospital, Sugar Bistro has a calming atmosphere, with dining space available under the sky. It would cost between $10 – $15 per person to dine here. For the restaurant’s location, click here.

A Minute By Tuktuk Restaurant

Situated facing the ocean, this restaurant is praised by many for its quick service and wonderful staff. Furthermore, the price ranges from $9 – $13 per person, making it an affordable choice. Notably, you can reach this restaurant conveniently on your own tuktuk. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Galle

Megabe Villa

This small villa faces the Galle lagoon, offering a spacious garden and clean, comfortable rooms. Moreover, the price per night is affordable, ranging from $11 – $12 for two people. Additionally, you can conveniently reach this resthouse in your own tuktuk. For the location of the resthouse, click here.

Abundia Homestay

Situated in a peaceful location, Abundia Homestay offers a wonderful stay with great staff and a calm and quiet atmosphere. Furthermore, you can easily access this hotel on your own tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

Cocobay Unawatuna

Cocobay Unawatuna is a boutique-style hotel in a calm and peaceful beach setting. As a 3-star hotel, it provides excellent service. Moreover, you can reach this hotel conveniently on your own tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

Bara Beach Home

Nestled along the tranquil beachfront, Bara Beach Home offers a calm and relaxing retreat. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean views, cosy rooms, and warm hospitality that will make your stay in Galle unforgettable. Furthermore, you can reach this beachfront retreat in your own tuktuk. Find it here.

Backpack Beach Hostel & Reggae Bar

As a vibrant and social beachfront accommodation, Backpack Beach Hostel & Reggae Bar provides a lively atmosphere, low-cost rooms, and nightly entertainment. It is ideal for backpackers looking for a fun and relaxed stay in Galle. Moreover, you can conveniently reach this hostel in your own tuktuk. Find it here.

How to Get to Galle from Colombo

A train ride to Galle

You could take the train from Colombo Fort to Galle from Sunday to Monday, and trains are available several times daily. The journey would last for 3 hours and 10 minutes to Galle. You can find the train timetable here.

A Bus Ride to Galle

From Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus terminal, you could hop onto a bus directly to Galle (route 2 – 1 ). It will take around 2 hours and 30 minutes.
To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to the official website of the Sri Lanka National Transport Commission (NTC).

By Taxi to Galle

You can also arrange a private vehicle and driver to take you via a rental car or use one of the apps named Uber or Pick Me (Sri Lankan app). This is the fastest but most expensive way to travel. It will take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Colombo to Galle.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Galle!

Travelling from Colombo to Galle 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, 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 Galle 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 Galle. 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 Galle. You can check the pick-up and drop-off charges here!

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