Trishaws - the once in a lifetime experience

by Nazeer
(Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Tuk Tuk tourists

Tuk Tuk tourists

Tuk Tuk tourists Typical trishaws

Anyone visiting Colombo will notice the three-wheeled vehicles weaving their way through the traffic. These are affectionately known as "three-wheelers" more formally called trishaws. Some even prefer the term tuk tuks!

On entering one of these conveyances one's immediate reaction is to exit - due to its extreme lack of legroom. However, if one is bold enough to be taken for a ride - no pun intended - then one is in for a treat as the experience is one of flying through a very dangerous roller coaster ride.

It is always better to negotiate one's fare before entering as one might otherwise lose one's shirt on exit - in terms of a very high hire charge. There are very few metered trishaws - in fact I have never been in one - except about 25 years ago!

Recently a new service has started to provide budget metered trishaws and can be contacted on 0777299299 managed by the All-Island Three Wheel Drivers Association.

Why should you risk life and limb for a dangerous ride? Well the bragging rights are considerable - so much so that some tourists have opted to also learn how to drive a three wheeler! The story revolves around a group of 90 tourists who hired 30 three wheelers and have opted to drive around Sri Lanka in a convoy of tuk tuks. I am happy to report that their journey was well chronicled and ended happily without incident.

So anytime your in Colombo and in a hurry just hop into a tuk tuk

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