Tuk-tuk Service

Do the sightseeing in the Cultural Triangle in a tuk-tuk. You will see so much more of the beautiful scenic landscape than you would ever see from the house-lined main roads… The scenery around Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa is incredibly beautiful.

I have lived in Dambulla ever since 2011. I know most of the tuk-tuk drivers in Dambulla. Most of our guests catch a tuk-tuk to get to Sigiriya and other places. Therefore I also know which tuk-tuk drivers are mainly after your money (quick tour, without showing anything extra) and which ones are after making your trip an awesome and memorable trip. Believe me, there are big differences.

So if you want to go with a really good and reliable tuk-tuk driver, just use the contact form below or WhatsApp me on +94778442908 (I often don’t have my phone close, WhatsApp would work better for me than a call). You will also find a price list for half day and full day tours in the Cultural Triangle, starting in Dambulla. The tuk-tuk drivers can also pick you up in Habarana or Sigiriya.

Want to have an awesome tuk-tuk tour in the cultural triangle? Contact me on WhatsApp (+94778442908) or via the following contact form:

My favorite two tuk-tuk drivers

Asela

He happens to be my husband, but I would recommend him anyways. He loves showing people the beautiful area he was born in. He doesn’t regard himself as a pure “driver”, more like a friend who shows you around. So he might stop along the way and introduce you to a friend or jump into a lake or show you his favorite bar or place to eat. Asela speaks English quite well and he is very eager to explain you many cultural sights and things. He is a funny guy and you are very likely to have a good time and something to laugh about with him.
While the average tuk-tuk driver returns our guests at 10 am (when the Sigiriya tour started at 6.30 am or 7 am), guests who have gone with my husband won’t be back before 11 am, more likely 12 noon. And they come back with a big smile on their face.

But as he has all the time of the day, he shouldn’t be your first choice if you just want to rush through the sightseeing and get going quickly to the next place to stay.

Sarath

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Sarath is a lovely man in his 40’s, one of the most selfless people I know in Dambulla. He loves wildlife, means he will make sure you see every little (or big) animal that he spots in the wilderness. He also loves to fully satisfy his guests with his offered sightseeing tour, showing often some places that most drivers spare. He has great knowledge about many local sights, but he speaks only limited English, which makes it difficult for him to pass on his knowledge. But he tries his best, always!
Here’s a video of our very happy guests after a tuk-tuk tour to Sigiriya and the wilderness, so see wild elephants:

Disclaimer: I do receive a small share per day tour from the driver (Ifyour driver is my husband then I receive a bigger share, I hope! 😉 ). This money buys you a handpicked driver, that makes sure you see the most of this area (scenic roads) and have a fantastic day. For me, this money helps to pay and keep up the work on this blog and compensates the time that I spend on sending mails and arranging the tours/itineraries/drivers. Thank you for your support.

Last update: Juni 2020

Comments

  • We had the pleasure of spending two days with Sarath recently. First a whole day hitting the usual spots around Sigiriya, but more important than the usual monasteries and Buddahs he took us to some quite fantastic spots out of the ordinary route.
    He has a good eye for the local wildlife, and with his help we spotted Peacocks, varans and even the fabulous Kingfisher.
    Sarath also drove us to Kandy in his new and shiny Tuk Tuk on the second day for a reasonable price.
    Also thanks to Christiane for hooking us up with Sarath through her fantastic blog!

  • We had the pleasure to make a day trip with Asela to visit Sigiria e Pollonaruwa. He made us see Sri Lanka with his own eyes and we really couldn’t ask for anything better. Thank you Asela and thank you Christiane, I wish a good and long life😘!!

  • Hi love your post. We are visiting Sigiria tomorrow for a couple of days and I read that someone took a Tuk Tuk to Kandy. Is this doable and how much does it cost?

    • It’s doable, sure. Usually, the bags go in the back of the tuk-tuk and then there is enough space for 2 adults to sit comfortably (unless you have two huge suitcases). A tuk-tuk from Dambulla to Kandy costs Rs 6000 and from Sigiriya to Kandy Rs 7000. There are some places to see along the road: Nalanda, beautiful Spice Gardens and 2 temples in Matale. I hope to publish a new post soon, with more detailed information about this tour and its sights.

  • We had the pleasure of meeting Christiane’s husband Asela. He brought us from Dambulla to Sigiriya and showed us more things on the road. He speaks clear English and is a fun guy. TukTuk price is reasonable and he takes time to explain things on the road. Definitely recommend him as a tuktuk driver. Regards, Maarten

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