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Rent a Tuktuk in Gampola, Sri Lanka!

Discover the fascinating history of Gampola, King Buwanekabahu’s old capital city. Visit the renowned Saliyapura Temple, which houses South Asia’s longest-sleeping Buddha statue. Discover yourself in the fascination of this historic city, where legends of monarchy and cultural history await in the middle of its enchanting surroundings. Whether you choose to traverse Gampola in your own tuktuk or marvel at the sights on foot, let the legends of monarchy and cultural heritage captivate your soul in this enchanting destination.

Things to Do in and Around Gampola

Unravel the Mysteries of Gampola

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A lady sitting on the top of the tuktuk 📸 @claudia_fab18

Rent a Tuktuk in Gampola with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Gampola

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 Gampola. 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 Gampola

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 Gampola.

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 Gampola. 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 Gampola!

Things to See in Gampola

Ambuluwawa Tower

This tower consists of a large winding tower, which is a biodiversity complex built on top of a hill 48 meters high. The tower is built to represent the multi-religions practised in Sri Lanka. Moreover, it is also home to a variety of plants. You can easily reach this location in your own tuktuk and immerse yourself in the fascination of Ambuluwawa Tower. Notably, legends of monarchy and cultural history await amidst its enchanting surroundings. You can find this location here.

Kotmale Dam

Kotmale Dam opened in August 1985, and is built as a large hydroelectric and irrigation dam. Significantly, it is known as the second-largest dam in Sri Lanka, generating power from three 67 MW turbines. Consequently, many visit this location to enjoy the most delightful view and experience the awe-inspiring grandeur. Whether you choose to venture to this location in your own tuktuk or simply soak in the majestic vista, the breathtaking scenery of Kotmale Dam will captivate your senses. You can find the location of the dam here.

Kotmale Mahaweli Maha Seya

This temple, a stupa located in Kothmale, holds great historical findings. Importantly, many visitors are amazed at the architecture and design used in the day. You can explore this captivating location in your own tuktuk and witness the profound aura of Kothmale Mahaweli Maha Seya. Let the rich heritage and serene atmosphere transport you to a bygone era. You can find this location here.

Taste the Local Flavours in Gampola

La Pinchi Restaurant

A small and elegant restaurant with a stylish interior, excellent customer service, and amazing local food made with fresh ingredients. You can enjoy a delightful dining experience at this location in your own tuktuk. Moreover, the cost would be about $5-$7 for two people to dine here. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Cafe Nosh On

A cool place to hang around and enjoy a beer in the cool weather, with supportive and lovely staff to make your visit a wonderful experience. You can savour your time at this cafe in your own tuktuk. Additionally, it would cost about $8-$10 for two people to dine here. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Ape Thena Family Restaurant

A quiet and serene location to enjoy your meal in Gampola, with yummy dishes to make your visit a memorable one. The cost would be about $7 – $10 per person to dine here. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

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A drone shot of the road 📸 @robertaburico

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Gampola

Hotel H2O

Driving up the hill to Hotel H2O, you will feel like you are entering paradise. Moreover, the amazing infinity-type pool and the quiet and serene environment will make you want to stay longer. You can reach this location in your own tuktuk, enjoying the scenic journey to the hotel. Additionally, for the location of the hotel, click here.

Tea Cottage Resort

Featuring private cabanas with comfortable accommodation facilities and other amenities, Tea Cottage Resort is awarded as an excellent spot to spend your vacation. Furthermore, you can reach this location in your own tuktuk, experiencing the convenience and flexibility of exploring the surroundings at your own pace. Moreover, for the location of the hotel, click here.

Willows Abode

Nestled amidst nature, Willows Abode offers a small and simple hotel experience that is easy on your pocket. Additionally, it gives you time to spend and relax with nature. It would cost about $20 for two people. You can enjoy your tuktuk ride to this peaceful retreat, immersing yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. Furthermore, for the location of the hotel, click here.

How to Get to Gampola from Colombo

A Train Ride to Gampola

You could take the train from Colombo Fort to Gampola, trains are available daily. The journey would last for 4 hours and 30 minutes to Gampola. find the train timetable here.

A Bus Ride to Gampola

To travel by bus from Colombo to Gampola, go to the Pettah Central Bus Stand. Several buses run along this route, providing a handy and cost-effective transit. The trip usually takes 3 to 4 hours, depending on traffic circumstances. It is best to check bus schedules and plan your route accordingly.
To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to the official website of Sri Lanka National Transport Commission (NTC).

By Taxi to Gampola

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 PickMe (a Sri Lankan app). This is the fastest but most expensive way to travel. It will take approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes from Colombo to Gampola.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Gampola!

Travelling from Colombo to Gampola 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 enjoy riding a tuktuk in Sri Lanka.

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