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Rent a Tuktuk in Hambantota, Sri Lanka!

Hambantota is one of the main cities situated in the Southern Province. Devastated by the 2004 Tsunami, ever since then, this city has been emerging victoriously with new projects such as the Matalla airport and also its very own seaport. Whether you explore its captivating landscapes, immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage, or enjoy the vibrant cityscape from the comfort of a tuktuk ride, Hambantota offers a unique and memorable experience for visitors. Discover the resilience and transformation of this remarkable city as it continues to evolve and welcome travellers with its charm and potential.

Things to Do in and Around Hambantota

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Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Hambantota

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 Hambantota. 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 Hambantota

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 Hambantota.

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 Hambantota. 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 Hambantota!

Things to See in Hambantota

Bundala National Park

A place where the land, the water, and the wetlands all meet in one place to create one wonderful home for over 167 bird species. In 2005, Bundala National Park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, making it the 4th biosphere in Sri Lanka. You can reach this location by hopping on your own tuktuk or joining a guided tour to explore its natural beauty. Discover the harmonious coexistence of diverse birdlife and stunning landscapes while enjoying the comfort of your tuktuk ride. You can find this location here.

Kumana National Park

This particular national park was formerly known as the Yala East National Park and changed to Kumana National Park on September 5th, 2006. Famous for its avifauna, it was also affected by the Tsunami in 2004. You can easily access the location by taking a scenic tuktuk ride or joining a guided safari tour. Experience the wonders of nature as you venture through the park and witness the rich wildlife that inhabits this remarkable sanctuary. You can find the location of the national park here.

Dry Zone Botanic Gardens

Mirijjawila Botanic Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The garden showcases a wide variety of plants and flowers. When visiting, take a leisurely tuktuk ride to explore the vast botanical wonders. Lose yourself in the beauty of the gardens and enjoy the serene ambience as you stroll through the captivating displays. You can find this location here.

Bandagiriya Ancient Viharaya

Located at the highest point in Hambantota, this temple is believed to have been built by King Kawantissa in the 2nd century BC. This temple offers amazing views, especially during an evening sunset. Experience the tranquillity and serenity of this ancient viharaya while embarking on a tuktuk adventure to reach this sacred site. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and immerse yourself in the rich history and spiritual significance of this remarkable place. You can find this location here.

A Buddha statue view from inside of the tuktuk in Hambantota
A Buddha statue view from inside of the tuktuk in Hambantota 📸 @marktheadventure

Hambantota Salt Pans

At the Hambantota Salt Pans, you can witness the age-old tradition of salt production. Learn about the salt-making process and tour the stunning salt flats, which provide unique photo opportunities and a glimpse into local culture. Experience the journey to the Salt Pans in a tuktuk, adding a touch of adventure to your exploration.

Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port

Visit the cutting-edge Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port, one of the largest in South Asia. Take a guided tour to learn about its activities and marvel at the magnificent infrastructure as you gaze at the Indian Ocean. Explore the port in the comfort of a tuktuk ride, combining convenience and sightseeing as you delve into the fascinating world of maritime trade.

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Discover the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, a haven for bird lovers. Embark on a boat journey through the mangroves to witness a diverse range of resident and migratory bird species, making it a perfect location for bird viewing and nature photography. Enhance your experience by reaching the sanctuary in your own tuktuk, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature while enjoying the freedom and flexibility of your mode of transport.

Taste the Local Flavours in Hambantota

Ulpatha Club House And Bar

Who wouldn’t want a relaxing evening with a beer in hand? Moreover, Ulpatha Clubhouse offers you in-house dining and a view to enjoy. This restaurant is located inside Shangrila Hotel Hambantota. Additionally, you can reach this location in your own tuktuk, adding an extra touch of convenience and adventure to your experience. This is a fine-dining restaurant with amazing food for the price you pay. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Jade Green Boutique Hotel And Restaurant

Looking for a full-functioning restaurant to satisfy your taste buds? Look no further than Jade Green Boutique Hotel and Restaurant. Furthermore, you can enjoy a delicious meal with great customer service. Moreover, you can conveniently reach this location in your own tuktuk, making your dining experience even more enjoyable. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Hambantota

The Peacock Beach Hotel

A beachfront hotel with spacious rooms for affordable prices. The restaurant is a delightful space, and the hotel provides guests a gym and a pool by the beachside. The price per night is affordable at $16 for two people. Additionally, you can explore the beautiful surroundings of Hambantota in a rented tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

Blue Turtle Hotel

Blue Turtle Hotel is a hotel surrounded by nature and serenity. Its relaxing location with great amenities will make your stay in Hambantota memorable. Moreover, you can conveniently explore the nearby attractions in your own tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

Birds Resort Hambantota

This hotel is built to complement the living style with nature, providing a calm and peaceful stay. Furthermore, you can enjoy the scenic beauty of Hambantota by taking a ride in a tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

How to Get to Hambantota from Colombo

A Train Ride to Hambantota

There is currently no direct train service from Colombo to Hambantota. You can still get to Hambantota via train via Matara. Board a train heading for Matara from Colombo Fort Railway Station. This route’s trains travel regularly throughout the day.
You can continue your journey to Hambantota by taking a bus or hiring a cab once you get to Matara. Buses to Hambantota depart from Matara Bus Station, and travel time is around 2-3 hours. The trip time by train and bus/taxi from Colombo to Hambantota can vary based on connections and traffic conditions. This route takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach Hambantota from Colombo. Find the train timetable here.

A Bus Ride to Hambantota

Follow these procedures to travel by bus from Colombo to Hambantota. Begin your journey at the Pettah Bus Stand, popularly known as the Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal. Look for buses that are travelling to Hambantota and have the destination prominently displayed on the front. Board the bus and locate a seat for the approximately 4-5 hour ride of around 240 kilometres. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please consult the bus timetables and rates.
To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to, the official website of Sri Lanka National Transport Commission (NTC).

By Taxi to Hambantota

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 3 hours and 10 minutes from Colombo to Hambantota.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Hambantota!

Travelling from Colombo to Hambantota 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Renting a tuktuk in Hambantota 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 Hambantota. 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 Hambantota. You can check the pick-up and drop-off charges here!

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