Racing Through Sri Lanka on a Tuk Tuk: Do You Have What it Takes?

Have you ever felt the urge to do something completely out of the ordinary? Something that others might consider unusual or even downright crazy. Regardless, of how crazy it is, you know that you just HAVE to do it? These exact thoughts came to mind when I first heard of the Lanka Challenge. I mean, really, exactly how crazy do you have to be to take on the challenge of driving a tin can like tuk tuk across Sri Lanka? 10 days, multiple teams, racing across the historically rich and seemingly diverse and beautiful roads of Sri Lanka. Oh, did I mention you had to complete a few crazy challenges along the way?

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The Lanka Challenge: What is it?

Operating across three routes, Large Minority, the mastermind’s behind this ludicrous adventure challenge has created the perfect adventure holiday for those who like us, want to see and explore a country in an unusual way. For 10 days, you race around driving this metal can, along with a group of people who are all as equally mad as you (after all, they all signed up for the challenge too!) The folks over at Large Minority emphasize that it is more of a challenge than a race and if there is one thing you should do, it’s to have fun- and not die, of course.

Update: If you want to read about our experience in Sri Lanka, check out our full Lanka Challenge Review Guy dressed as a pilot takes a selfie on Lanka challenge

Looking for an adventure? Screw traveling around with a tour group. Screwpre-bookingg everything in advance. This is the real deal. The challenge? Driving a tuk-tuk 1000km across dirt roads, beautiful coastal towns, and stunning mountains. But it all won’t be smooth sailing. There will be breakdowns. Things will go wrong. You will get lost. You also might have to do a couple of challenges like eat chilies or pose with crocodiles…but don’t fret, it’s all part of the fun. You end each day when you reach the end point of the driving leg and everyday, you have a list of challenges to complete. The team that accumulates the most challenge points wins.. Sounds easy enough right?

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Details of the Lanka Challenge

As Large Minority have been doing this for quite some time now (since circa 2009), they know their stuff. They currently offer two routes, a Northern and Southern Routes, running at different times of the year.

Northern Route 2018 | 20th to 29th April 2018

Details
 1000 km travelled (approx.)

9 nights (includes 1 camping night)

10 days (includes 1 rest day)

10 – 20 teams

30 – 55 challengers

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Southern Route 2018| 8th to 17th September 2018

Details
1000 km travelled (approx.)

9 nights (includes 1 camping night)

10 days (includes 1 rest day)

10 – 20 teams

30 – 55 challengers

*for more details and discounts subscribe below*

Taking a selfie with a group of kids on the Lanka Challenge

What to Expect From the Lanka Challenge

If you’re expecting an all inclusive holiday, exit this page and never come back. Just kidding!! Large Minority gives you two options, you can either avail of the original version which is the whole she- bang. They provide you with a tuk tuk, a map, and most accommodations and food. For those of you who want to save a few pennies, you can avail of the No Frills version where you’re responsible for organizing your own food and lodging along the way. And although it sounds like an all- inclusive holiday, trust me, this ia an adventure of a lifetime. I recently took on Large Minorities’ Philippine Sailing Challenge and until now, I’m still grinning from ear to ear from the epic challenges that we did. Best part about these challenges is that Large Minority organizes is that each sign up includes a 10% contribution to a meaningful charity project. Whether it’s donating supplies to a local school, planting trees, or whatever NGO they partner up with, their trips are all about traveling responsibly and giving back.

Read: Epic Adventure Challenges Around the World With Large Minority

Reading a map on the Lanka Challenge

Why You Should Do the Lanka Challenge

If you’re looking for an unusual way to spend your hard earned holiday breaks, this is for you. If you want to go on an unforgettable adventure, one that you can tell over and over again, this is for you. If you’re looking for an extreme and crazy way to explore Sri Lanka, this is for you. Armed with nothing but a map (no GPS allowed!), your sense of adventure, oh and yeah, a driving license would be useful, you set off with a bunch of like minded travelers as you embark on a once in a lifetime experience. Because it is a no holds barred, anything goes kinda trip, expect each experience to be unique and different. In fact, a true testament to how awesome these trips really are is the fact that majority of the people who sign up for their challenges, end up doing it again! A good 60% of the people we met on the Sailing Challenge have all done either the Lanka or Cambo Challenge- how awesome is that? Fancy dress up for the Lanka Challenge

So why should you do it? Well, why the hell not?! It’s the perfect balance between adventure, fun, meeting travelers from all over the world, and interacting with the locals in a meaningful way. Everyone who I spoke to who has done the challenge has raved about it and so despite my initial hesitations, I knew I couldn’t let an adventure like this pass me up.


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Anna Faustino

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Anna is the Editor in Chief of this blog and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She is passionate about discovering incredible food spots, good travel gear, and outdoor adventures. When she isn't outdoors, you can find her eating her way around the world.

11 thoughts on “Racing Through Sri Lanka on a Tuk Tuk: Do You Have What it Takes?”

  1. Game, I’m in! This looks exciting. I thought it’s just a day racing event but I was surprised to know that it last for For 10 days. How cool is that? and the best thing about Lanka Challenge is, a part of the contribution goes to the charity project.

    So you will have an exciting event plus you will be able to support a charity project. Awesome!

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  2. Sounds adventurous and interesting. A good way to a know a place is with its local transport and this seems ideal. If the tracks and roads are set well I think this will be a success. There was something similar in India too sometime back.

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  3. I would be up for this challenge! That’s the reason we travel, right to experience and do things outside of our comfort zones, so yeah I’ll do this.

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  4. I have never ridden a Tuk Tuk before, but I definitely want to give it a go. Racing one looks like so much fun, especially the challenge of driving 1000km across dirt roads. The reward of learning about a new place is definitely priceless and an added bonus.

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