Beruwela is remarkable for two reasons. It’s the most popular beach destination in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, located at its southern boundary. Neighbouring Bentota belongs to the Southern Province. The agglomeration of Beruwela, Aluthgama and Bentota offers the widest range of accommodation available in coastal towns of Sri Lanka.
Secondly, Beruwela offers a variety of tourist attractions, such as a light house island, the fishing harbour, the huge Buddha statue of Kande Viharaya or the charming and artistic Brief Garden. Beruwela is a traditional centre of Sri Lanka’s Muslim population. Many of the so-called Sri Lankan Moors are gem merchants, living in the northern area of “China Fort and Maradana” close to the harbour. The Kecheemalai mosque on a rocky peninsula protecting and overlooking the harbour was the first place in Sri Lanka that served as a Muslum place of worship. The highly benerated mosque, originally established by Somalian traders, is now redesigned in a historicising or colonial style.
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