Rent a tuktuk in Jaffna, Sri Lanka!

The best way to travel around Jaffna is by driving your own tuk-tuk. Jaffna is situated at the northern tip of the island. The peninsula is particularly an island that is connected to Sri Lanka with a narrow split of land. 


Jaffna district is the northmost region of Sri Lanka. Jaffna accommodates the Chundikkulam bird sanctuary and also the pathway named the Elephant Pass. This part of the country is populated by Tamil or Hindus. Jaffna has a number of islands offshore – Kayts, Karaitivu, Nainativu, Eluvaitivu, Analaitivu, Pungudutivu, Velanai, Mandativu and two uninhabited islands – Palaitivu and Kachaitivu. Jaffna is famous for the deliciousness of its mangoes and toddy from the palmyra palm.

Here are a few shortlisted destinations, food options, and accommodation for you.

Sights in Jaffna

Nilavarai Well

This natural underground water well is said to be bottomless, as it never dries out even during a drought. Farmers around the areas use the water for farming activities. The dimensions of the well are 25 feet in length and 40 feet in width.  As in many large public wells in the area, a flight of steps leads to the water level which is 14 feet below the surface level.

Jaffna Fort

Jaffna Fort is the second largest port on the island. This fort is a lasting legacy of the colonial past, where it was initially built by the Portuguese and then rebuilt by the Dutch during the 17 and 18th centuries. You can find the location of this legendary fort here.

Keerimalai freshwater spring

Keerimalai is a natural mineral water spring next to the sea west of Palaly. A wall surrounds the spring and there is a special divider for men and women. For the location to the lagoon click here.

Chundikkulam National Park

This wonderful National Park also includes the Chundikkulam lagoon, with a wide variety of birds flocking to the area. To check the place click here.

Food & Drinks

Nallur Bawan Vegitarian Restaurant 

One of the best restaurants to enjoy a decent and affordable vegetarian, combined with friendly staff and a wonderful environment. For the location of the restaurant click here.

Mangos Indian Veg

Jaffna is famous for vegan food, this restaurant also ticks all the boxes if it’s. For the location of the restaurant click here.

Rice and Spice

Enjoying a different taste to rice and curry this restaurant offers you a clean and friendly environment with a variety of Jaffna-style rice and curry. It would cost around $5 per person. For the location of the restaurant click here.

Green Grass hotel and restaurant

This restaurant offers a wide range of food items in its menu, a spacious and calm setting closer to Jaffna town. For the location of the restaurant click here.


Jaffna Heritage Hotel

Located closer to most of the visiting sites, Jaffna Heritage is an amazing place to relax and unwind. It would cost around $35 per night for two people. For the location of the hotel click here.

D’Villa Garden Hotel

A budget hotel to suit your pocket. They also offer a variety of authentic Sri Lankan food in a village-type surrounding. For the location to the hostel click here

Jetwing Jaffna

One of Sri Lanka’s finest hotel chains allowing comfort and an amazing view facing the Northern sea. It would cost around $67 per night for two people, which includes breakfast. For the location of the hotel click here.

The Thinnai

Thinnai hotel is located just 3km away from the sub station of Kokuvil. Offering a great experience about the culture and history of Jaffna, this hotel is nature-loving and socially responsible. For the location of the resort click here.



How to get to Jaffna from Colombo by train

You could hop on to a train from Colombo Fort Station to Kankasanthurai where you need to get off at the Jaffna station, where the journey would last around 8 hours and would cost you around Rs 630 for second-class seats. 1st class seats for intercity travelling should be booked at least a week or two ahead. 

How to get to Jaffna from Colombo by bus

You could take a bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus terminal to Jaffna where the journey would last around 10 hours and 30 minutes and cost you between Rs 390 – Rs 1500 depending on which bus you would take, they range from standard to Semi-Luxury buses.

How to get to Jaffna from Colombo by taxi

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 7 hours and 32 minutes from Colombo to Jaffna which will cost you between Rs 30,000 – Rs 40,000. You can also use apps such as Uber or Pick me (Sri Lankan version of Uber) to obtain lower rates.

How to book a tuktuk in Jaffna

  2. Check your mail inbox for the confirmation email.
  3. Upload your license details through the link in the email.
  4. Get ready at your requested booking time at the Rio Ice cream confirmed meeting point.

Need more help? Email us at HELLO@TUKTUKRENTAL.COM or call/WhatsApp us on +94 772928618 and we’ll answer any of your questions!

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What’s more, you’ll be supporting the local economy and one of our valued tuktuk owners. We are a social enterprise and all of our vehicles are owned by local Sri Lankans.

We’ll be in communication with you in the period leading up to your reservation to make sure everything has been arranged for you (including your local driving permit).