Beruwela, in the south western costal belt of Sri Lanka is a relaxed beach resort which attracts independent travelers and families alike. The name Beruwela is derived from the Sinhalese word Beruwela (the place where the sail is lowered). It marks the spot for the first Moorish settlement on the island, established by Arab traders around the 8th century AD. A large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them are gem merchants, still live in this area, particularly in the "China Fort". The oldest mosque in Sri Lanka is Msjidul abrar. Which was build by arabs in early years.
Al- Fasiyatul nasriya muslim balika maha vidyalaya is the first and oldest girls school in Sri Lanka. Which was damaged by tsunami on boxing day in 2005.
Beruwela is the starting point of the 130 km long stretch of beach. In the past few years great strides have been made in the field of resort development in this area. The bay around remains ideal for bathing almost for the whole year.
It is recommendable to hire a boat to the lighthouse raised on a small island off-shore which offers an excellent view over the coast line from the top. Just off the coast are coral gardens, making this the perfect spot for divers and snorkellers to view spectacular coral and sea life. Beruwela harbour is an interesting place to watch the fishermen unload their catch. The harbour has over 400 boats, many of them are quite sizeable since the fishermen spend up to two month at sea.
'Powdery sands, towering palms and a heavenly coral-reefed bay - Beruwela is nothing short of beach holiday bliss.'
If Sri Lanka has one all-out beach resort, Beruwela is it. Just north of Bentota, it's a plum spot for serious beach lovers thanks to its dazzling combination of sun, sea and sand. The Beachis something else. Soft golden sand that feels like warm talcum powder underfoot. Giant palm fronds rustling lightly in the tropical breeze. All in a breath–stoppingly beautiful corralled bay. Put simply, it's gorgeous. When you fancy swapping the scenery for a taste of authentic Sri Lankan food, tuck into a spicy prawn korma or scented coconut fish curry at one of the cheap and cheerful cafes edging the sands. Follow it with a sticky rice pudding drizzled in sweet palm treacle. And as a fitting finale, order a glass of the locally made firewater, arrack, fermented from the sap of the coconut palms swaying above you. Delicious. While you're here take time to visit Aluthgama. Squeezed between Beruwela and Bentota, this vibrant little town brims with fascinating food, souvenir and sari stalls. It also boasts a lively fish market where fishermen offload the morning's catch from outrigger canoes. Slightly quieter attractions include the atmospheric Kachimalani Mosque, built where the first Muslim traders arrived on the island in the 11th century. And if you fancy messing about in a boat, take a trip to the picturesque nearby island to climb its lighthouse and wallow in the stunning views. We promise you won't forget them in a hurry.
56 km. south of Colombo, Beruwela marks the beginning of a 130 km. stretch of beach where resort development has taken immense strides in the past few years.
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