Beruwala is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the area of Kalutara District dating from the 8th century. It’s the real treasure of Sri Lanka, not only because of its stunning natural beauties but also because of its long history. Its history beginnings go back in the time of the Arab traders. They established Beruwala in the area which nowadays belongs to the Western Province of the country. This is the reason why you still can see Moors in this area, earning for life by being gem merchants. Nowadays, Beruwala is one of the first choices for a beach vacation in the south-western area of the country.
Sights in Beruwala
Golden Mile – The Stunning Beach of Beruwala
Around two kilometers away from the city center lies the Beruwala’s treasure for tourists. Broad, gold-sanded beach, mixed with the lush palm forests that provide the shelter from the tropical sun. The sparkly ocean water splashing the coastline of Beruwala is a tourist attraction in Beruwala that you shouldn’t miss. The Golden Mile is the exquisite coastal area. Here you can enjoy swimming, coral reef diving, and snorkeling, as well as water scooter rides and parasailing.
The Fishing Harbor
There’s no better place for you to get the fresh fish supplies for your meal than the fish market at the fishing harbor of Beruwala. It represents a vivid market stretched all over the harbor and offering fresh seafood. This harbor area also offers the spectacular scenery in the early morning. It looks impressive when the sun goes up and fishermen’s canoes line up, offloading their precious catch.
China Fort is the place of gathering for all of the local Muslims who are still into precious stones trade. There, at the market, you’ll be able to witness the trading process, in the middle of the action!
The Beruwala International Lighthouse
If you’re looking for a boat ride that’ll leave you speechless, you should have the spectacular ten-minute boat ride towards the incredible Barberyn Island. Trapped in the lush wild beauties of the island, the International Lighthouse of Beruwala is a real tourist attraction. It rises on the cliff above the wild water, offering the spectacular view of the surrounding area.
The Kachimalai Mosque is known as the oldest Islamic mosque in the country. It designates the place where the Moors arrived in the 11th century. The snow white impressive religious monument will leave you breathless.
The Temple of Galapata
This gorgeous building dates from the 12th century. It is a Buddhist temple that features some beautiful frescoes that should not be missed.
Getting in & around
Beruwala is around 55 kilometers away from Colombo. The best ways of reaching it are the Colombo – Galle A2 motor road and the railway line Colombo – Matara. The bus and the railway stations are in the center of the city. In case you want to reach Beruwala from Kalutara, the ride won’t last long, since the distance between these places is around 15 kilometers.
The cheapest way for getting around in Beruwala is the tuk-tuk. If you are willing to spend a bit more money on a ride, you can also get a taxi.
The best period for visiting Beruwala is from January to the end of April. The climate conditions are nice from July to September as well, but at that time, you won’t be able to swim in the sea, because it’s too rough during that period.
Eat and Drink
Since Beruwala belongs to the coastal area of the country, there you can enjoy a large number of restaurants serving both local and international meals based mostly on seafood and rice.
One of the most popular places among the tourists is Sunflower Restaurant, especially popular because of the large portions – fish and shrimps are usually served with lots of rice, salad, and fries.
Tourists looking for some great coffee or green tea, seafood, and local sweets, enriched with a great view may want to visit Hilda’s Coffee Bar, another pleasant option for eating in Beruwala, or Abey’s, vegetarian friendly restaurant located directly by the beach, offering delicious food based on beans, chicken, vegetables, rice, and curry.
- Use the insect repellent because of the sandflies
- Don’t swim outside the reefs because of the possible heavy currents
- Be rational and careful when giving money to beggars – many of them are not really that poor
Representing a perfect mixture of stunning coastal area that offers perfect conditions for both relaxing moments and adventurous water sports, impressive religious buildings, and turbulent past especially popular because of the Moors’ precious stones trading activities, Beruwala is a recommended place for an overwhelming experience of Sri Lankan culture and history. When you get hungry, you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious local meals based on sea food and they’ll surely make you crave for more.