We recommend you take a ride in a 'tuk-tuk', also called a trishaw or three-wheeler, at least once on your visit to Colombo. Zooming around the city in one of these is fun, although many do consider it somewhat daring - there are no doors!
Most tuk-tuks now have fare meters, so be sure to get into one of those. Generally, the rate is Rs.50 for the first km and Rs.35 for each km after. Night charges apply after 9pm – Rs.57for the first km and Rs.40 for each km after. However, there are still some tuk-tuks without meters, with which you will have to negotiate price.
Keep in mind that most tuk-tuks do not have meters. Agree on a fare with the driver before getting in. From Fort, expect to pay Rs.300 to Rs.400 to get to Cinnamon Gardens, Rs. 500 to Bambalapitiya, and Rs. 750 to Mount Lavinia.
Most tuk-tuk drivers are friendly and talkative and can probably provide you with a lot of stories and perhaps some useful information on Colombo. If you feel so inclined, and do really like your tuk-tuk driver, you can arrange him to take you around for the whole day or even for your entire visit in Colombo.
The Sri Lanka Tourist Board has just introduced a 'Tourist Friendly Tuk Tuk' service which offers metered tuk-tuks. They can be easily identified by the colorful drawings painted on the sides of the tuk-tuk. So, if you ant to take a tuk-tuk but are not up to negotiating an amount, you can call the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (0112 426 900, 2 437 055/59/60) to get the phone number of one of the tuk-tuk drivers.