Udawalawe, home to the mighty elephants

Rent a Tuktuk in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka!

Udawalawe is a geographically small town in the South of the Rathnapura district and fairly closer to the Hambantota and Monaragala districts. This town accommodates the world-renowned Udawalawe National Park, where you can embark on an exciting tuktuk adventure. The park is known for its major population of wild Asian elephants and amazing biodiversity, making it a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts worldwide. Explore the wonders of Udawalawe and get up close to these majestic creatures in the comfort of a tuktuk ride.

Things to Do in and Around Udawalawe

Unravel the Mysteries of the Udawalawe

Nature's playful giants - Witness the heartwarming sight of elephants frolicking at Minneriya National Park
Elephants family in Udawalawe ūüďł @sofimprado

Rent a Tuktuk in Udawalawe with Tuktukrental.com

Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Udawalawe

Driving a tuktuk in Sri Lanka requires a special recognition permit, and there are two ways to get this. Either with your ‚ÄúInternational Driving Permit / IDP‚ÄĚ or your ‚ÄúRegular National Country Licence‚ÄĚ 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 Udawalawe. 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 Udawalawe

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 Udawalawe.

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 Udawalawe. 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 Udawalawe!

Things to See in Udawalawe

Elephant Transit Home

Situated within the Udawalawe National Park, this transit home was established in 1995 with the sole purpose of rehabilitating orphaned elephants to be released into the wild eventually. Furthermore, while you can’t interact with the wild elephants directly, you can delight in watching them during their feeding time. The entrance fee is Rs. 500 per person. You can find this location¬†here. Additionally, you can embark on an adventurous journey to this sanctuary in your very own tuktuk.

Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya

This majestic temple stands tall on a beautiful rocky mountain, emanating serenity and beauty as monks meditate peacefully inside. Moreover, climbing this rock is an absolute must as it rewards you with a breathtaking view from the top. You can find the location here. And for an exciting twist, why not traverse the distance in a vibrant tuktuk of your own?

Waulpane Ella Falls

Inside a prehistoric limestone cave that stretches 135m in length lies the mesmerising Waulpane Ella Falls, cascading down at the height of 45m. Additionally, to experience the enchantment of this waterfall, click here. And for a truly unique adventure, traverse the path to this natural wonder in your own tuktuk.

Udawalawe National Park

A hotspot for witnessing wild elephants and their activities, Udawalawe National Park offers an immersive experience with fewer jeeps disrupting the tranquillity. Furthermore, to explore this remarkable national park, click¬†here. And for an unforgettable journey, hop on a tuktuk and navigate the park’s untamed beauty.

Udawalawa Dam

Immerse yourself in the picturesque splendour of Udawalawa Dam, nestled among lush flora and the melodious sounds of rushing streams. This magnificent reservoir not only serves as an essential water source but also provides breathtaking vistas and opportunities for boating and bird-watching. Additionally, add a touch of adventure to your visit by cruising to the dam in your very own tuktuk. Find it here.

Waulpane Cave

Embark on an exhilarating journey to Waulpane Cave, a hidden gem within Sri Lanka’s natural terrain. Explore this ancient cave system adorned with unique rock formations and stalactites, unravelling a world of mystery and intrigue. Furthermore, let the captivating history and geological wonders of Waulpane Cave captivate your senses, and for an extra dose of excitement, venture to this remarkable cave in a colourful tuktuk, adding charm to your expedition. Find it¬†here.

Taste the Local Flavours in Udawalawe

Bath Gedara

Experience the charm of Bath Gedere, a restaurant designed like a cosy home, truly reflecting its name, “Gedere”, in Sinhala. Indulge in authentic Sri Lankan rice and curry alongside a delectable selection of Western dishes. to add a touch of adventure to your culinary journey, arrive at Bath Gedere in your very own tuktuk. For the location of the restaurant, click¬†here.

Ice Burger Family Restaurant

Savour a delightful culinary experience at Ice Burger Family Restaurant, where you can enjoy everything from mouthwatering pizzas to traditional rice and curry. With its inviting ambience and convenient parking, this small family restaurant is the perfect spot for a satisfying meal after a long day of riding your tuktuk. For the location of the restaurant, click here.

Hungry Monkey

Tantalise your taste buds at Hungry Monkey, a vibrant restaurant offering a diverse and flavorful menu. Delight in their tasty and unique food options, all served in a lively atmosphere with exceptional service. And for a fun and memorable dining experience, why not arrive in your very own tuktuk and make a statement? Find it here.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Udawalawe

Jungle Paradise

Nestled 18 minutes from the Udawalawe River, Jungle Paradise welcomes you to its poolside villas, ensuring comfort and relaxation. They also provide safari facilities at the Udawalawe National Park, allowing you to explore the wild wonders of the region. For a truly adventurous journey, hop on a tuktuk and travel to Jungle Paradise, adding a dash of excitement to your stay. For the location of the hotel, click here.

Hotel Le Green

Experience the epitome of cleanliness and tranquillity at Hotel Le Green, where warm hospitality awaits you. Enjoy comfortable accommodation with excellent amenities and discover a range of activities around Udawalawe to experience with your tuktuk. For the location of the hotel, click here.

The Countryside Udawalawe

Located just a few minutes from the Udawalawe River, The Leaf Udawalawe offers comfortable rooms that suit every budget. With its great service and remarkable hospitality, it promises a pleasant stay and is easy to reach with tuktuk. For the location of the resort, click here.

How to Get to Udawalawe from Colombo

A Train Ride to Udawalawe

You could take the train from Colombo Fort to Beliatta daily as there are no direct trains to Udawalawe, where trains are available three to four times a day. The journey would last for 3 hours and 40 minutes to Beliatta. From Beliatta, you would need to get a taxi to Udawalawe. This can be arranged with a car rental company or via Uber or Pickme (Sri Lankan app), and it would take 1 hour and 30 minutes to Udawalawe. Find the train timetable here.

A Bus Ride to Udawalawe

From the Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus terminal, you could hop onto a bus to Embilipitiya (route 122 ‚Äď 3), which takes around 4 hours, and from Embilipitiya, you could take a taxi or a tuktuk. To plan your route and check bus timetables, go to the official website of the Sri Lanka¬†National Transport Commission (NTC).

By Taxi to Udawalawe

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 (Sri Lankan app). This is the fastest but most expensive way to travel. It will take approximately 3 hours from Colombo to Udawalawe.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Udawalawe !

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

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