The Adventure




Sri Lanka Tuk Tuk Adventures

The ultimate sri lanka adventure holidays - drive a Tuk-Tuk, explore the country and complete challenges .

Sri Lanka

The Adventure

Imagine being able to tell your mates that you navigated 1,000km around Sri Lanka in a Tuk-Tuk. Not just any Tuk-Tuk, but one that you drove yourself. Welcome to the Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure, the ultimate road trip for those who crave their travel experiences to be fully-charged and no-holds-barred. 

Each day, you'll wake up to a new destination you need to reach by sundown and a list of challenges to complete along the way. Successfully completing these challenges will see your team accrue points in the ultimate Tuk-Tuk Challenge in Sri Lanka. The rest is up to you, you big legend.

Questions you will be forced to ask yourself during the Lanka Challenge include: Who’s going to go and get a photo of that crocodile? Who’s going to get us invited to a local’s place for lunch? Who’s going to take one for the team in the chilli-eating challenge? What day is it? And where did I put my Imodium? One hell of an amazing time is guaranteed. Life-changing experiences are probable. (Navigational stupidity is optional.)

Our April and July route kick-off in Sigiriya, then head out east to Arugam Bay, looping back west to explore 'The Best of Central' Sri Lanka. You'll be mesmerised by the serenity and might need to pinch yourself to believe it's real. This route concludes on the western coast in Kammala, offering some epic scenery. Your Tuk-Tuks will be put to the test with a bit more work due to the hills, but there's nothing they can't handle in this adventure holiday in Sri Lanka.

Kandy, Colombo, Nuwaraeliya, the South coast – our Lanka Challenge September Route  showcases all of southern Sri Lanka's 'Greatest Hits'. While we aim to cover as much as possible, there might be times we can't fit everything in, but you'll get the essence of it. It's been humorously suggested that the Southern Route is both the secret to happiness and the meaning of life.

Everything is set for you. All you need to do is arrive and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Our Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure promises an unforgettable adventure holiday in Sri Lanka.

Tuk Tuk Sri Lanka Adventures

We have three departure dates: AprilJuly and September.

April and July cover a more central route and September ventures down south.

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - September

Sri Lanka

September 9 - 18 2024 · 9 nights

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - September

Three wheels. Two tuks. One epic ride.

FROM$2,895.56 /pp $3,047.96 /pp

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - April

Sri Lanka

April 11 - 20 2025 · 9 nights

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - April

Three wheels. Two tuks. One epic ride.

FROM$3,047.96 /pp

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - July

Sri Lanka

July 4 - 13 2025 · 9 nights

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - July

Three wheels. Two tuks. One epic ride.

FROM$3,047.96 /pp

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - September

Sri Lanka

September 8 - 17 2025 · 9 nights

Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure - September

Three wheels. Two tuks. One epic ride.

FROM$3,047.96 /pp

Tuk-Tuk Adventure sounds good...

Why Choose Sri Lanka For Your Adventure Holiday?

Discover the unparalleled charm of Sri Lanka, a gem unlike any other for those seeking the thrill of a Tuk-Tuk Adventure. Imagine navigating your way through the vibrant landscapes of Sri Lanka in a Tuk-Tuk, an experience that blends adventure with a touch of the exotic, less the overwhelming crowds of its larger neighbour, India. Sri Lanka's rich tapestry of cultures—Indian, Tamil, English, Portuguese, and Dutch—has woven a unique cultural legacy evident in its exquisite cuisine and welcoming people. 

This island, with its diverse landscapes ranging from lush jungles and misty mountains to serene beaches, offers the perfect backdrop for adventure holidays in Sri Lanka. Whether you're tantalised by the prospect of spicy culinary delights or the thrill of mastering the roads in a Tuk-Tuk, Sri Lanka promises an adventure that's as enriching as it is exhilarating. So, why Sri Lanka? Because it's where the spirit of adventure meets the soul of a diverse cultural heritage, making it the ideal setting for a Tuk-Tuk Adventure that's both life-changing and unforgettable.

The Highlights

We are sure you want to know more about what really makes this trip unique... so here we go



Dive into the heart of Sri Lanka with our Tuk-Tuk Adventure, where every turn of the road promises a new thrill. It's all about the journey, not just the destination. You're in the driver's seat, navigating through epic scenery, embracing the unexpected, and sometimes, facing the thrill of the unknown with a bit of road rage on the side.

This adventure is quintessentially Sri Lankan, offering a blend of breathtaking landscapes and heart-pumping challenges. It's an adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, inviting you to discover the true essence of exploration in the land of serendipity.

Give back

Give back

Our Tuk-Tuk Adventure transcends the typical holiday experience, focusing on cultural immersion, exhilarating challenges, and most importantly, giving back. As adventurers, we delve into the heart of the communities we visit, ensuring that our fun-filled escapades contribute positively to local lives and the environment.

With 5% of every pound directly supporting our flagship charity projects and tree-planting initiatives, your adventure becomes a journey of responsible travel. It's about making a difference, one exhilarating day at a time, ensuring that the legacy of your adventure is as lasting as the memories you create.



The essence of our Tuk-Tuk adventure lies in the challenges that await. It's not just about reaching your destination but how creatively and effectively you navigate the hurdles along the way. Accumulate points through a series of tasks that test your wit, courage, and teamwork. From wildlife photography to local culinary challenges, each task is a step towards victory, but remember, it's the adventure that counts, not the speed.

These challenges are designed to immerse you fully in the Sri Lankan experience, ensuring that every moment is filled with discovery, laughter, and a sense of achievement that goes beyond the ordinary.

What´s Included

Training and driving lessons on arrival day.

Half-board. Delicious locally-made breakfasts and dinners at hotels.

Hire and use of one genuine, ready-to-go vehicle during the challenge.

Accommodation for all nights in double or twin rooms. 

Challenge Logistics & Legal Stuff - Mechanics, Support Team, Permits, Luggage Truck & Backup Medical Support.

 Welcome pack (sim card and phone, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase-book & navigational sheets).

Awards ceremony & farewell party.

5 % contribution to our Meaningful Travel projects.

Flights, visas, airport transfers.

Day to day costs (lunch, dinner, drinks & gratuities)

Spare parts and repairs (approx. total £40-120 per team).

Fuel (approx. total £100 per team).

Travel Insurance

April & July Route

Our April and July route kick-off in Sigiriya then head out east to Argugam Bay, looping back west to cover ´The Best of Central´ - you’ll probably struggle to compute the severity of the serenity of it all. Best take a camera, then. This route wraps up on the western coast in Kammala. Theres some epic scenery and we probably ask your Tuk-Tuks to do a little more work on this route due to the hills but it’s nothing they can’t do. 

September Route

Kandy, Colombo, Nuwaraeliya, the South coast – our Lanka Challenge  September Route takes in all of southern Sri Lanka’s ‘Greatest Hits’, well, most of the time, there will be occasions we can’t fit them all in but you get the gist. It’s been scientifically proven that the Southern Route is both the secret to happiness and the meaning of life. So there you go. 


Check out what others have said about our Sri Lanka Tuk-Tuk Adventure.


“The best way to see a country! Adventure, excitement, laughter, education, and tons of fun. Lanka and Cambodia were some of the best trips I've ever been on. Highly recommend these guys!”

Natasha T.



“The Lanka Challenge is in my top 5 trips of a lifetime, without a doubt. If you're considering traveling with Large Minority, do yourself a favor and book right away! The ingenious and very well thought-out challenges, stunning destinations, wonderful locals and brilliant fellow travelers made this a trip to remember - and to repeat. I went on the Lanka Challenge in August 2016 with two girlfriends and I'm hoping to book the Philippines Challenge soon with my fiancé.”

Giulia R.



The guys have this trip down to a fine art. During our travel we were far enough off the beaten track to feel this was a proper adventure but also supported just the right amount to know that if we really needed something we would be supported.

Nicholas Tyral, Team TNT-oi


Moreover, explore reviews and insights from past travelers on trusted platforms like Google My Business, TravelStride, and Tourradar

Red Tuk-Tuk parked on the roadside in Sri Lanka with Man stood by looking at it. Flag of Sri Lanka and speaker adorn the Tuk-Tuk

In the Unfortunate Event of a Breakdown

What is a Tuk-Tuk?

The Tuk-Tuk, also known as a rickshaw, is a unique vehicle that requires careful handling and maintenance. While our team works tirelessly to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet, it´s important to note that Tuk-Tuks are delicate machines that can experience mechanical issues or breakdowns due to improper handling or poor road conditions.

We take great pride in providing our customers with an authentic and adventurous travel experience, and part of that experience is accepting the risks and challenges that come with driving a Tuk-Tuk.

In the event that a Tuk-Tuk does experience mechanical issues we have mechanics on hand and, depending on the nature of the breakdown, it may be the responsibility of the driver to repair the vehicle at their own expense. 

We understand that this may be an inconvenience, but we believe it is a fair price to pay for the thrill and excitement of Tuk-Tuk travel.

So, if you´re ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure, just remember to drive carefully, follow our safety guidelines, and embrace the challenges that come with this unique mode of transportation. 

After all, it's all part of the adventure!


Ah, the humble Tuk-Tuk. The ride so nice they named it twice. These are standard issue, Indian-made, Sri Lankan-modified Tuk-Tuks.

They’ve got three wheels (don’t ask us why), an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than a horse.

Tuk-Tuks have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, climate or level of abuse. Their cruising speed is a tasty 35kph (22mph). Their cruising altitude is about one foot.

Warning: Tuk-Tuks can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.


  • Engine: 4 stroke engine – 200 cc
  • Petrol tank: 6 litre normal capacity plus 1 litre of reserve
  • Average petrol consumption: 1 litre approx 20 to 25 Km’s
  • Top speed: 55 kmph

For a comprehensive answer, go and Google ‘internal combustion engine’. But here are the cliffnotes.

  • The accelerator is found on the right.
  • The clutch and gears are located on the left.
  • The main break is actioned by your right foot.

On the first day of the event, everyone is required to attend a mandatory tuk tuk driving induction and safety training session (this means you). You’ll get enough lots of time to practice before hitting the road. A rickshaw is a cross between a car and a scooter, so clutch control is key. If you´ve driven a scooter or motorbike before, it’ll be a breeze.

It’s worth remembering that the Lanka Challenge is just that – a challenge. The Lanka Challenge is not a race. It’s not like Cake’s seminal 90s hit The Distance. Speed should not be your priority. If anything should be, it’s probably fun.

The Challenge is broken up into various driving legs. Each team gets a road map and a daily navigational sheet, which they’ll use to get from A to B each day. The winning team isn’t necessarily the team that finishes first, it’s the one that accumulates the most Challenge points. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way.

That means that racing is not really encouraged. In fact it’s actively discouraged. There’s no need to set a new Sri Lankan ground-speed record (very difficult to do on a 200cc tuk tuk, but still…) We’ll provide mechanical support when you need it, but essentially you’re hiring a tuk tuk and driving it independently each day. By yourself. Han solo.

A team is made up of either 2 or 3 people. Apparently there is no ‘I’ in it. You get one Tuk-Tuk per team. 

Unfortunately, no. Only because each leg will start from the hotel / over-night stop and the idea is to share our challenging travel experience together. Most importantly you wouldn’t want to miss out on each night’s social gatherings… 

Yes, you’ve got to be at least 18 years old in order to compete. We don’t have a maximum age, but if you’re over 65 we definitely recommend checking with your insurer to make sure you qualify for the medical insurance you’ll need to take part. The Challenge is pretty physically tough – we won’t sugar-coat it. You should really only take part if you’re in good physical shape and your health is A-Okay. 

Probably not your ski jacket. Or that set of golf clubs. Sri Lanka is a tropical island, so pack accordingly. The nights can get a little chilly, depending on the time of year, so a windbreaker jacket and a few light layers wouldn’t go amiss. Other than that, bring all your travel essentials, some good quality suncream and anything you think will make the long driving days more fun (we recommend honing you I-Spy skills beforehand). 

Don’t worry, you don’t have to strap suitcases to the roof of your tuk tuk. We’ve got a luggage truck that will follow us around. Each morning you’ll load it up with your heavy bags, and each night we’ll hand it back at our hotel. For the camping nights, we recommend bringing a smaller bag to act as a day pack. 

Don’t stress, they’re very friendly. If you can ride a bicycle that has a clutch and an engine, you can ride a tuk tuk. Besides, on the first day everyone gets mandatory tuk tuk driving instruction and safety training. You’ll have plenty of practice before hitting the open road. 

To put it bluntly – yes. There will be an element of danger, if only because you’re sitting behind the handlebars of a three-wheeled tuk tuk, on top of 200CC of raw power, and tackling unfamiliar roads in a foreign country. That in itself is a bit risky. But don’t worry too much – if you’re sensible and cautious, you should be fine, and we have a fully trained crew to swing in if anything goes wrong. That includes an ambulance and paramedics on standby.

Warning: Tuk Tuks can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.

Your humble steed will be handed over in road worthy conditions and from then onwards it is your responsibility to take care of any repair costs. Our team of mechanics will be at your disposal throughout the event and will assist you with this at a cost. Otherwise you can turn to the locals to help you out. But don’t worry spare parts are not that expensive!

The cost of repairs depends on how each teams looks after their vehicle. Naturally there is a small amount of wear and tear on these type of events, but you will only be charged for parts that are damaged or need to be replaced. There will be a full vehicle inspection prior to handing over your tuk tuk. On average, the cost of repairs ranges from £40-120 per team.

These wonderful machines are surprisingly fuel efficient, so unless you drive like a madman your wheels will do at least 30 km to the litre so you won’t really be spending more than £100 bucks for the whole Challenge. 

Whoa there, speed racer. These bad boys can’t really get over 50kph. The average speed should be around 35kph. Fast enough to get the blood racing, but not so fast you hit a cow. That’s the sweet spot. 

If possible, try not to do this. One of our registration requirements is to pay (or better block the amount off your credit card) a refundable deposit of £ 1,500 per team. This will (ideally) cover you for most touch ups and accidents, although if the tuk tuk is a complete write-off the bill might increase. At the end of the Challenge we’ll inspect the vehicle, come to an agreement, and return any balance to you before you leave Sri Lanka. A pretty standard car-hire type system, really. 

Travel insurance is a must-have on all our Adventures; in fact it’s a condition of entry. 

Please ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance which covers Emergency & Medical insurance for the duration of the trip as well as ensuring that you have cover to drive the Tuk-Tuk. It is also advisable to have cover for things such as luggage loss and flight cancellation etc.

We can suggest you take a look at Campbell Irvine or SafetyWing.

Everyone who competes has to provide us with a valid Driving Licence (DL) from your home country along with a digital copy of your passport photo so we can apply for a local licence on your behalf. This is included in the price.

Sorry to be old bossy boots, but if you show up and can’t produce a Driving Licence, we can’t let you compete (we also reserve the right to without a refund). 

Third party insurance is included under the hire of the tuk tuk. Scratch as many Ferraris as you want (please don’t actually do this). 

Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. Just be aware that the tuk tuks we use have limited branding space (we take up some for our own branding purposes). If you need more info on this, just let us know. 

Easy peasy. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up.
  2. Pay your initial deposit.

Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.

As soon as your registration is locked and loaded, we’ll email you and ask you to provide us with:

  1. A passport copy for each team member (we promise not to laugh at the photos).
  2. International Driving Permit with a category A or B stamp.
  3. Your arrival and departure details.

We’ll double check all these docs on the ground in Sri Lanka, so please bring copies with you.

No. If you have any concerns regarding this we do offer post payment options so please contact us directly for more information regarding this. 

30 days before the Challenge. 

Nope. We’ll provide the sleeping bags and the marshmallows as necessary. However it might be good to bring a torch. 

Ah visas, our old nemesis. You can find out the full list, and how to apply, here. 

We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time. 

Not really. Some luxuries can be a little pricey (hence the ‘luxury’ bit), but for the most part it’s super reasonable. Lunch might be a few dollars and beers are generally under a buck. It’s like travelling back in time to the 50s when the world was a much simpler place and children respected their elders. 

All our hotels will have internet connection, but the campsites not so much (it’s really hard to train monkeys to operate the WiFi). If you’ve booked your own accommodation, you’ll have to check with them. 

Buddhism – 70 per cent; Hinduism – 16 per cent; Christianity – 7 per cent; Islam – 7 per cent. If in doubt, just smile and be friendly. 

Sinhala, Tamil and English are spoken throughout Sri Lanka, although in remote villages the English-speakers might be few and far between. You’ve brushed up on your Sinhala, right? 

If you like your weather warm, you’ll love Sri Lanka. Warmth is kind of its thing. Even when it’s pouring with rain. There are plenty of more in-depth weather guides online, but generally the south-west monsoon brings rain to the western, southern and central regions from May to July, while the north-eastern monsoon is from December to January. Expect anything from 23 to 30 degrees Celsius. 

This is completely up to you (and your doc), but generally it’s a good idea to be up-to-date with standard vaccinations like Tetanus, Hap A and Polio. Other jabs to consider are Tuberculosis, Meningitis and Typhoid. Anti-malaria meds might also be a good idea. If in doubt, check with your GP.

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Sri Lanka has a good road network linking all the major cities, towns and interesting places. But don’t go expecting pristine tarmac everywhere you ride. Some of the rural roads in particular can get pretty wild and bumpy. 

Short answer: come and find out for yourself. Long answer: it’s sort of like India, without the madness and crowds. It’s still mad, and there are still crowds, but not quite on the same scale. It’s also got a great cultural legacy from trade and immigration: Indian, Tamil, English, Portuguese, Dutch. Pretty much every seafaring culture has touched the island at some point, which means the food is seriously good. Like don’t even get us started. 

  • Only 20% deposit required to signup.
  • Outstanding amount is required 60 days before the start of the Challenge.
  • 60+ days before the challenge starts: Loss of deposit
  • 59-45 days before the challenge starts: 50%
  • 44 days or less before the challenge starts: 100% 

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.