THE TUKTUK TOURNAMENT
October 20 – November 1, 2019
A two week self drive festival & adventure through magical Sri Lanka. Discover the beauty of this ancient Island, uncover lost treasures, hidden locations & compete to win $2000.
Don’t miss out on 2020
October 18 – 30, 2020
Pay a tiny $100 pp deposit now to confirm your place in 2020 TukTuk Tournament history!
13 DAY TREASURE HUNT
50 INTERNATIONAL TEAMS
1 BIG CHARITY DONATION
What’s This All About?
It’s discovering authentic culture and genuine depth throughout the entire island. We don’t give you a fixed route, we give you the entire island and you have to choose your own adventure in an attempt to collect the most points. You will have to traverse the highest mountains, the roughest seas, and the thickest jungles in order to beat the other teams. Head home as the ultimate TukTuk Tournament Champion of the Universe with an extra $2000 in cash.
Your team of 2-3 people will battle roads, traffic, competitors, weather, and local conditions (and the occasional elephant) to gain as many points as possible in the time limit (don’t worry solo travelers, we’ll pair you in a team with other like-minded, courageous souls).
Sri Lanka is at your fingertips. Will you accept the challenge and compete in the Tuktuk Tournament 2019?
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How to Collect Points?
From eating and sleeping at locals homes to kitesurfing, from spotting wild elephants to helping with a beach clean-up…
You will never be able to do them all, so travel smart, pick the best routes and do the challenges that you love!
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- A 4-stroke quality TUKTUK for the duration of the Tournament.
- Full comprehensive insurance for all parties.
- Individual driving lessons and basic maintenance lessons.
- Locally approved Sri Lankan driving licence.
- Reimbursement of all fair wear and tear repairs to your tuktuk during your trip.
- 2 day tuktuk festival to (i) learn the game, (ii) complete your costume, (iii) pimp your tuktuk, (iv) learn to drive, and (v) meet other teams. Amazing venue, pumping sound system, stocked bar, various artists, one big show!
- Middle party and retreat in the lushious Sri Lankan highlands. Pumping sound system, stocked bar, various artists, one big show!
- Red Bull podium finish and outrageous final party.
- Live tracking application for safety and anti-cheating reasons
- Speakers with auxiliary cable for the full duration of your trip.
- USB chargers, phone holders, spare wheel, clutch cable and a basic toolset.
- Hard copy of the incredible Tournament Quest Book.
- A wood carved tuktuk team idol; the living breathing spirit of your team used for point verification.
- Welcome pack including tote bag, Tournament t-shirt and gifts from sponsors.
- Integrated map and tracking system set up with cities, villages, temples, waterfalls, mountains, tea plantations, safaris and challenges Sri Lanka wide.
- Discounts at selected hotels and tourist attractions.
- Live point tallies, motivational updates and daily video recaps featuring YOU!
- Complete 24/7 support from the Tournament team.
- REGULAR PACKAGE: 5 nights accommodation in basic/dormitory rooms.
DELUXE PACKAGE: 5 nights accommodation in private rooms with breakfast included.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ok. Teams of 2-3 people will drive tuktuks across Sri Lanka in an “amazing race” style of adventure. Each team chooses their own route based on the value of destinations and challenges in those destinations. Each team will have to battle the roads, traffic, competitors, weather and local conditions as they race around the island to gain as many points as possible in the time period.
All information on what’s included (and what’s not) is available at the “enter now” page.
Our team has over 20 years combined experience travelling in Sri Lanka. We have used our deep knowledge of the country to map out only the best and most unique experiences the island has to offer. Sometimes we will take you to a jungle restaurant or Raa (coconut rum) plantation, other times to rice mills, amazing beaches, waterfalls, windy roads, views, surf spots, temples and monasteries. If it’s on your challenge map, we believe it’s worth seeing. There are a lot of locations on our map that are on the main tourist trails of Sri Lanka, but there are more locations off the beaten track to start you exploring and seeing what is unseen in Sri Lanka. In the end, where you go is your choice – you will have to think strategically and map the most ideal route to obtain the most points so you can win the competition.
Driving in Sri Lanka is different to back home, however, there is a system and it is less chaotic than you might think. We have had plenty of people, young, old, male and female drive all over the island without any major problems. The speed limit for tuktuks in Sri Lanka is 40km/hr and for cars is 70km/hr. We will give you a comprehensive driving lesson before we put you on the road, and we will go through all the local laws about driving including those “informal” rules on the first day of your adventure. Safety is our top priority.
If you’re still worried about driving, check out our article here: Is It Safe To Drive A Tuktuk?
One of the major rules is that we put a maximum kilometer limit on the Tournament. A kilometer limit means you have to be strategic, map the best route to earn the most points! It is also more safe. Without a kilometer limit teams might drive through the night with no sleep in order to win, or they might speed and drive recklessly. With a km limit, there is no point speeding and/or driving through the night. It also means you have to stop and enjoy the experiences you encounter without worrying about being at a disadvantage. Of course any cheating or forging locations/challenges as well as playing with your odometer will result in you forfeiting your points.
To get a tuktuk license you will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) with “Type B” (car) endorsement, or, a foreign national license with “Type B” (car) endorsement. You will have to provide us your documents a minimum 1 week before your arrival so we can obtain this license for you.
We are there to support you 24/7 while you are on the road. We have a network of recommended mechanics over the island to help you if in trouble and we always have staff on hand to speak the local dialect (Sinhalese). If you engine explodes we will drive you a new tuktuk! We believe in the quality of the tuktuks we provide and will cover any maintenance costs you incur while on the road during the TukTuk Tournament. If something happens that is a result of a poor tuktuk and not your own team’s fault, you will be awarded the average points accrued across all teams for that day as compensation for your chariot having problems.
The ticket price is USD $675/person and we will not be issuing discounts. You will need to pay a $100 down-payment per person to secure your booking.
You’ll also need to cover the expenses of petrol and for any of the major tourist sites that charge for entry.
It’s quite likely that you will experience a minor problem with your chariot during the tournament in Sri Lanka. These beasts are honest and reliable chariots but are still built for the working class of these countries. You will have to find your nearest mechanic, get the beast repaired and continue on your journey. Keep the receipts and we will cover these costs at the end. There are over 1.2 million tuktuks across the island and 23 million people, BUT it is about the same size as Ireland. In short, there are plenty of mechanics and people to help you.
We don’t want to give any teams an unfair advantage. As such, we will release the map and all elements of the game on the first day of the Tournament. Be there!
PAY A $100 DEPOSIT NOW TO LOCK IN YOUR PLACE
Solo traveler? No problem! Sign-up individually now and we’ll match you with a team!
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