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Sri Lanka’s Love Affair with Tuk Tuks

June 6, 2016 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , ,

The ubiquitous tuk tuk is an ever-present sight in Sri Lanka. From the big city Colombo to small villages, this type of authentic local transport provides a quick ride and is budget friendly too. Riding a tuk tuk can be a bit of an adventure from the onset. First your travelers will need to be able to negotiate the rates. This can be quite the challenge as most drivers speak little English. Fortunately, math is not a foreign language.

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Once inside, hold on and prepare for a fast ride! In Colombo, tuk tuks scurry through heavy traffic by zigzagging, often turning and braking suddenly. It is not a ride for the faint of heart, but it sure is fun. If you need to get somewhere quickly when traffic clogs the streets, then hop in, hold on and enjoy!

In rural areas tuk tuks can be the only means of transportation because they can navigate the rutted dirt roads with unexpected ease. At the village of Horakelle, north of Colombo, Khiri Travel Sri Lanka runs a program visiting the local industries and tuk tuks are literally the perfect vehicle to explore its small country lanes!

When in Sri Lanka…do as the locals: climb aboard a bright red tuk tuk and enjoy a visit to a pineapple plantation, a local textile weaving shop and a brick factory. The drivers are skilled with their vehicles and offer friendly commentary during an authentic local tour.

For more information on tours and tuk tuk rides in Sri Lanka, please contact to [email protected]

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