58 km away from Colombo along the Galle Road, you land yourself in Beruwala, another appealing seaside town with palm clad sandy beaches spreading on and on. This town marks the beginning of the Beach Resorts zone of the South Coast of Sri Lanka and you can find many luxurious hotels and guest houses around the vicinity to spend a relaxing holiday by the beach.
When tracing back into the history, Beruwala is known to be the first Muslim settlement in Sri Lanka, somewhere in the 8th century. A group of Arab traders have initiated the establishment and have been living there peacefully up to today with the Sinhalese and other races. The town is a combination of Buddhist temples, Muslim Mosques, Churches, Hotels and Restaurants, a light house and other prominent places of interest. “Kachchimalai Mosque” in Beruwala is the oldest mosque of Sri Lanka and it’s built on a piece of rocky land facing towards the town.
Beruwala is the ideal place for those who love water sporting facilities like surfing and water rafting. There are safe places for bathing along the beach and near other small lakes anytime of the year. For those who want to explore the coral reefs, Beruwala bay is just the place and suppliers of the necessary equipments can be found easily around the area.