Exploring Colombo On A Tuk-Tuk 0 184

Exploring Colombo On A Tuk-Tuk 0 185

Tuk-tuks are the lifeline of the Sri Lankan landscape. The little, colourful three-wheelers weave through traffic to take you to your destinations quicker than most modes of transport. What’s more, the number of tuk-tuk drivers always ready to take you to your desired location at affordable prices will surely make you take a ride in one before you leave the country!

The best city in Sri Lanka to explore via a tuk-tuk ride has to be the capital itself. Colombo is a huge city with a lot of sightseeing attractions that you might regret missing out on during your trip. However, with the tuk-tuk, just hop off to all of these places and hop on for your next edge-of-the-seat adventure! Here are a few tourist spots you can explore through three-wheelers.

Diyatha Uyana

The story of Diyatha Uyana is a story of resurrection, where a wasteland was converted into one of the most popular tourist spots in the country. Sporting a lake, aquarium, eating joints and craft shops, Diyatha Uyana is now known for the spectacular 3D art installations that were achieved through collaborations of Sri Lanka’s most creative minds.

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

A structure that indirectly commemorates the resilience and the strength of the Sri Lankans, the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is known for the visit of Buddha himself during his third tour around this area. After it was destroyed twice by Indian and Portuguese armies, the religious leader graced the temple which was later rebuilt to call for peace, thereby making it one of the most important temples in Colombo today.

Bally’s Casino

Colombo offers you what even the best hotels in Kimbissa or Galle cannot; a fully functional and popular casino! The jewel of Colombo’s nightlife, the live betting and table games account for a fun evening spent with friends. Couple that with DJ nights and world-class poker tables operating all night, and you are in for a treat after a nice tour of the city in the day!


Kollupitiya or Colpetty is one of the most happening neighbourhoods in Colombo. From shopping malls to shops run by Colombo’s Chinese community, walk in to Kollupitiya for a homely yet modern experience. It is also a very popular place to acquire accommodation, with rooms in Kollupitiya reasonably well priced and located around various tourist attractions. You can stop your tuk-tuk at any place there for a bit of handicraft or souvenir shopping! If you’re tired and want to fix the end of day exhaustion, don’t forget that Yoho 13th Lane is around the corner.

The tuk-tuks are a perfect way to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time. So get off the beaten path with this open-sided vehicle and explore Colombo’s spectacular natural surroundings, popular road-side food joints, vast history and nightlife without the hassle of bus, train or cab bookings.

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