Discover Enchanting Batticaloa

Rent a Tuktuk in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka!

Discover Batticaloa or Madakalapuwa, a charming city in Eastern Sri Lanka. Batticaloa, the former capital of this lovely island, has a rich history and cultural significance. The name Batticaloa, which is derived from Portuguese, emphasizes the city’s significance as a trading center for coconut and rice. This beautiful location is also known as the “Land of Singing Fish.” Immerse yourself in the allure of Batticaloa as you learn about its interesting history, thriving trade, and natural beauty.

Things to Do in and Around Batticaloa

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A couple hugging each other and tuktuk and beach is on the background 📸 @annaandjulian

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Obtain Your Sri Lankan Recognition Permit from Batticaloa

Driving a tuktuk in Sri Lanka requires a special recognition permit, and there are two ways to get this. Either with your “International Driving Permit / IDP” or your “Regular National Country Licence” 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 Batticaloa. 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 Batticaloa

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 Batticaloa.

Why Choose

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 Batticaloa. 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 Batticaloa!

Things to See in Batticaloa

Dutch Fort Batticaloa

Firstly, immerse yourself in the city’s colonial past at the Dutch Fort Batticaloa, a historical landmark that reflects the city’s bygone era. This well-preserved fort, built during the Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka, features impressive architecture. Explore the fort’s fascinating structures, stroll through its courtyards, and experience Batticaloa’s rich history in the comfort of your tuktuk. You can find this legendary fort here.

Navalady Beach

Next, take your tuktuk to the serene and secluded Navalady Beach, where you can bask in the golden sand and swim in the clear waters. This amazing beach, shaded with pine forest and dotted with fishermen’s huts, is perfect for a day of relaxation. With your tuktuk, you’ll have the freedom to arrive and leave at your leisure.You can find the location here.

Batticaloa Gate

Drive your tuktuk to the historical Batticaloa Gate. This monument stands in the old docks of the city harbor at the end of Gandhi Park. A few steps away from the monument is the statue of Reverend William Ault, the first Methodist missionary to disembark from Batticaloa in 1814. Your tuktuk will transport you to this key piece of local history. For the location to this monument click here.

Lagoon Park

Continuing on, navigate your tuktuk to the Lagoon Park. With a view towards the lagoon, the park allows you to explore its beautiful surroundings with short motorboat rides to some of its other islands. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboats to explore further. Arrive in style and convenience in your tuktuk. To check the place click here.

Pasikudah Beach

Relax and relax on Pasikudah Beach’s gorgeous coastline. Its crystal-clear seas and beautiful sandy beaches make it ideal for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports.

Kallady Bridge

Make your way in your tuktuk to Kallady Bridge, an architectural masterpiece and historic landmark that connects Batticaloa to Kallady. Take a leisurely stroll, photograph the breathtaking scenery, or simply enjoy the views from this historic bridge. Your tuktuk brings you to this iconic spot.

Batticaloa Lighthouse

Next up, guide your tuktuk to the Batticaloa Lighthouse. Climb the lighthouse for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding coastline. The lighthouse is a notable landmark in the area and provides an insight into Batticaloa’s maritime past. Reach this must-see site in the comfort of your tuktuk.
An orange tuktuk park on the side of the beach
An orange tuktuk park on the side of the beach 📸 @manel_travels

St. Mary's Cathedral

Peace may be found in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Batticaloa. This lovely house of worship has a peaceful atmosphere, thanks to its gorgeous architecture and relaxing surrounds.

Taste the Local Flavours in Batticaloa

Soul Connection

A restaurant and pub at the beachside, to chill with a beer and enjoy good food. For the location of the restaurant click here.

Cafe Chill

Cafe Chill is a beautiful restaurant noted for its relaxing atmosphere and excellent food. Enjoy a variety of foods, including hearty breakfast selections, delectable sandwiches, and freshly made coffee. The courteous service and pleasant atmosphere make it the ideal place to unwind and have a delicious dinner. Find it here.

The Arammeahm Restaurant

The Arammeahm Restaurant offers a gastronomic journey with its diverse menu and inviting atmosphere. Savour a range of delectable Sri Lankan and international dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and authentic flavors. Find it here.

Recharge at Comfortable Stays in Batticaloa

Riviera Resort

Located just a few feet from the Batticaloa lagoon, Riviera offers cabanas, rooms and a beautiful garden, and a pool with a view. For the location of the hotel click here.

Hotel East Lagoon

A 2-star hotel situated closer to the lagoon consists of a casual restaurant and a relaxing bar with 2 outdoor pools. For the location to the hostel click here.

Sea View Resort

This resort is built in a simple setting with an amazing garden with a view of the sunset. It consists of cabanas to make you more comfortable and to add privacy to your stay. For the location of the resort click here.

Jetwing Surf

This 5 star hotel is few meters away from the beach and offeres a wide range of amenities for your comfort. Many customers have rated them for their professional service and cleanly environment. For the location of the Villa click here.

How to Get to Batticaloa from Colombo

A Train Ride to Batticaloa

You could take the train from Colombo fort to Batticaloa on a daily basis, the train stops in Valaichchenai. Trains are available one trip in the morning and evening from Colombo. The journey would last for 8 hours and 30 minutes and second-class will most of the time guarantee you a seat. You can find the train time table here.

A Bus Ride to Batticaloa

From Colombo Pettah Kolikadai Manning market you could hop into a luxury AC bus (route 48 – 14) which goes to Kattankudy and from there, you could take a taxi or a tuktuk to Batticaloa which will cost you around depending on where your accommodation is.

By Taxi to Batticaloa

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 Pick me (Sri Lankan Uber). This is the fastest but most expensive way to travel. It will take approximately 6 hours and 50 minutes from Colombo to Batticaloa assuming you take the Expressway for a part of your journey.

Rent a Tuktuk and Drive to Batticaloa !

Travelling from Colombo to Batticaloa 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 Select your booking dates, extras and enter your details. Continue to the payment section and have a great time riding a tuktuk in Sri Lanka.

Frequently Asked Questions

Renting a tuktuk in Batticaloa 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 Batticaloa. 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 Batticaloa. You can check the pick-up and drop-off charges here!

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