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Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka

Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka: Full Details

Sri Lanka is rammed with off road tracks, mountain roads, jungles, elephants, beaches, remote national parks, amazing food and some of the nicest people on Earth.

**£150 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS 31 JULY**

Here’s the run down on how to squash yourself and a couple of mates in a glorified lawnmower and adventure your way across the island.

The Rickshaw Run is also available in ‘All India’ and ‘Himalaya’ flavours.

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1. The Un-Route

START: Negombo, just north of Colombo

FINISH: Talalla Beach on the southern coast

DISTANCE: 650km (ish)

TIME: 2 days test driving, 6 days on the road

Jungles, off-road tracks in the middle of bloody nowhere, the crumbling remnants of past kingdoms, mountains, elephants and remote villages. All this goes towards making an adventure that will melt your face with awesomeness.

Set off from Negombo, an hour or so north of the capital Colombo and head inland to the mountains around Kandy. After you've got totally lost in the hills head East for a bit of coastal action then make your way south to the finish line on the island's southern tip. As this is an unsupported adventure the exact route you take, where you sleep and how lost you get is entirely up to you, just as it should be.
"In one sentence? Fan-fucking-tastic."
Carol B, April 2019
"Probably the most fun you can have on three wheels whilst sweating off 20% of your body weight."
Walker R, April 2019

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2. The Dates

£150 early bird discount ends 31st July

March 2021 - SOLD OUT

  • 18th March

    Pre adventure beers

  • 19th March

    Test Driving & Team Briefing

  • 20th March

    Test Driving & Launch Party

  • 21st March

    Launch Day

  • 27th March

    Finish Line & Party

October 2021

  • 7th October

    Pre adventure beers

  • 8th October

    Test Driving & Team Briefing

  • 9th October

    Test Driving & Launch Party

  • 10th October

    Launch Day

  • 16th October

    Finish Line & Party

£150 early bird discount ends 31st July

March 2022

  • 17th March

    Pre adventure beers

  • 18th March

    Test Driving & Team Briefing

  • 19th March

    Test Driving & Launch Party

  • 20th March

    Launch Day

  • 26th March

    Finish Line & Party

October 2022

  • 7th October

    Pre adventure beers

  • 8th October

    Test Driving & Team Briefing

  • 9th October

    Test Driving & Launch Party

  • 10th October

    Launch Day

  • 16th October

    Finish Line & Party

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3. Entry Fee & What's Included

£150 early bird discount ends 31st July 2020

Normally £1,895 per rickshaw with a max of three people but right now there's an early bird discount of £150.

Grab a place before 31st July and it's only £1,745, making it a measly £582 each for a team of three.

You can pay in instalments too, chopping the fee up into monthly chunks.

What you get for your money

  • The Rickshaw

    A start of the art 3-wheeled, 4-stroke air-cooled rickshaw with insurance and all the other necessary paperwork.

  • Test Driving

    Two days of adventure prep and test driving including rickshaw driving lessons from the Rickshaw Run crew.

  • Rickshaw repair lessons

    Our expert mechanics will bestow their knowledge in sessions covering basic maintenance and repairs on the road.

  • Team Flag to Pimp your Ride

    A ruddy great big flag, designed by you to mount upon your steed.

  • Launch Party & Launch Day Ceremony

    A ruddy great big knees up including dinner, some free drinks and awesome local live music. Plus an official send off ceremony on launch day.

  • Finish Line & Finish Party

    We set the stage for your finish line photo and round things off with another bloody great big knees up to swap tales from the road. Much back slapping and a bit of falling over is likely.

  • The Adventure

    Offering the best and worst that Sri Lanka can throw at you and all the stories and glory that go with it.

  • The Knowledge

    Support from our team of experts to advise you how to get to the start line, the best outfits for the parties and the best biscuits to pair with Ceylon tea.
    Plus the team handbook with all the pre adventure knowledge you need so you can keep the bit between the start and finish focused on getting totally lost.

  • A community of likeminded idiots

    We'll introduce you to Sri Lanka Rickshaw Run veterans if you want a chat before the adventure. Most importantly you get the company of fellow Adventurists in Sri Lanka. You're joining a collective of genius-idiots drawn to the call of overland stupidity.

Refundable Vehicle Deposit

We take a refundable vehicle deposit of £1000 per team, due about a month before the launch.

The deposit is fully refundable and deductions will only be made if the rickshaw is seriously damaged or if there are bits missing. If you don't bring it to the finish line we'll need to use some of your deposit to recover it so it's best, and cheaper, to get it there yourself.

We understand the 'shaws will take a bit of a kicking because we've been running these adventures since 2006 so we don't deduct anything for normal Rickshaw Run grade wear and tear. We'd rather not have to take a deposit at all but it's a boring necessity so we do our best to make it as painless as possible.
"Absolutely loved it. More please. Truly memorable experience in a beautiful country."
Allison S, April 2019
"Better than a kick in the dick"
Pat S, April 2019

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4. Rickshaw Specs

Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka October 2019 by Lukas Hampp
The engines on our Sri Lankan beasts are an impressively pathetic 10.5bhp. They have tiny wheels, shite ground clearance and bad suspension. They have no real protection from the elements, and they're incredibly unreliable.

All of this pretty much guarantees something will go wrong. Which is where you find out what you're really made of. Hopefully it's stern stuff.

Some of the off-road tracks in Sri Lanka are properly gnarly. Thankfully, with a mere 198cc at your command, this should mean you get utterly stuffed.
  • Engine

    4 stroke, air cooled

  • Engine Size

    198cc

  • Transmission

    4 forward, 1 reverse

  • Fuel Capacity

    7 litres

  • Top Speed

    55kmph (ish)

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5. Pimp My Rickshaw

Now we’re talking. Nothing screams sexiness more than your very own auto rickshaw proudly sporting your very own design of artistic genius. It’s pretty much the pinnacle of excellence.

It’s pretty easy too. We’ll supply you with a digital flag template. You can then use photoshop or some other graphics editing software to decorate said design. If you’re not too handy with a computer then you can print the template out and decorate it with crayons, marker pens or bodily fluids if needs be. Once you’re done then scan the printout or take a photo of it and send it back to us.

We’ll then get our graphic designer in Sri Lanka to make it into a ruddy great flag to mount upon your rickshaw and bam, one pimped rick. Very detailed designs can sometimes get a bit lost. Best to go big, and bold. Like Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson.

Bear in mind, they’ll make the flag exactly as per your design, which means if you make a mistake, it will also appear on your flag.

You can even take the flag home with you come the end of your adventure to adorn your living room wall for years to come.
"The Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka was filled with epic variety of terrain, culture, nature, people and mishaps - 100% recommend!"
Emily M, April 2019"
"Unforgettable, will be signing up again."
Eugenie P, April 2019

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6. Driving License & Insurance

Temporary Sri Lankan Driving License

You need a locally issued temporary driving license to drive a rickshaw legally in Sri Lanka. We take care of this before you arrive, but you'll need to make sure your driving license allows you to drive rickshaws, and get an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your home country.

The authorities in Sri Lanka will issue a three-wheeler temporary license if you have a standard driving license for cars, listed as Category B on the IDP.

Always make sure your travel insurance covers you for driving three-wheeled auto-rickshaws and nothing about your license invalidates your policy.

Vehicle Insurance

Your rickshaw comes with the legally required third party vehicle insurance so you're all covered. But bear in mind the cover is limited and it is possible if you cause damage to another vehicle or property you may be asked to cough up in cash.

Travel & Medical Insurance

You'll need appropriate travel insurance that covers you for exactly what you're doing and exactly where you're going. We wouldn't scrimp on this one, we might make light of the dangers in our writing, but they're very real.

So get travel insurance, otherwise you're one of these.
Willy jokes on the Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka

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7. On the road costs

If you're a Rickshaw Run veteran then Sri Lanka will envelope you in its familiarity like a cuddle from an overweight favourite aunt - just without the smell of lavender and piss. Prices are slightly higher than in India, but are still reasonable.

Expect to pay anything between £2 - £15 for a meal.

A room will likely cost you something around the £20 mark for something basic, and £50 for something with a pool, the smell of freshly laundered sheets and a minibar full of cold beer.

Petrol's cheap, around 50 English pence per litre.
Incredible views on the Rickshaw Run Sri Lanka

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8. Saving the world

Not only is the Rickshaw Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every team to raise a minimum of £500 for the official charity Cool Earth, who work alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.

Anything above this can be raised for any other registered charity of your choice.

If you raise £1000 or more for Cool Earth you could win a money-can't-buy trip deep into the Peruvian Amazon to see their work first hand. All Adventurists teams who raise at least a grand are automatically entered into an annual raffle. The prize trip includes flights and expenses for up to three team members and it isn't just educational. We're talking vine-swinging, jungle trekking, river wading and hanging out with the Ashaninka tribe deep in the jungle.

WHY?

We need to save every rainforest in the world so future generations have somewhere to get stuck. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them. It’s not about the carbon off twatting, the point is rainforests are indescribably excellent.

HOW DO WE RAISE THE CASH?

The best way to raise these funds is through your friends and families, people you work with or anyone who's got a dirty little secret only you know about. We've found that the best way to collect these funds is to set up a fundraising page on the Cool Earth website. Your donors can chuck cash their way via your page and it saves on fees. You can also use other fundraising platforms such as Justgiving.

WHEN?

You've got until 4 weeks after the end of your adventure to raise the minimum amount of £500. Teams often raise the most cash while they're on the road and just after they get back, but it's wise to start your campaign early.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE TARGET?

If you don't raise £500 by the deadline, unfortunately you will go to hell. Together with Cool Earth we give you tips and resources to help you fundraise. Then 4 weeks after the finish line party we will pester you for your final total. But don't panic, we won’t set any dogs on you, or force you to sell your children. We will be very, very disappointed though and do a sad face at you.

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9. The Warning

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists' adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it's an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.

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10. Contact Us

THE ADVENTURISTS UK OFFICE:
+44(0)117 4224300

EMAIL:
[email protected]

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