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.

Anyone who prefers to stay near the coast, on the other hand, will have to put up with the potholes when traveling west. The unexpectedly broad curve of the bay ends with a small raised spit of land: the sea swirls powerfully against the rocky projection from the west, but the attractively decorated, snow-white “Kechchimalai Mosque” stands firm on the hill (malai), defying the strong winds. Though it does not date back to the first Moors (the Islamic section of the population) in Sri Lanka , it is one of the island’s oldest mosques. It is a reminder of the fact that this sheltered bay was the first place that Arabs landed on the island, probably some time in the eighth century, after which they settled down and stayed. Many of their fellow-Muslims were to follow them. Beruwala population is still predominantly Moorish, mainly employed either in fishing or the gem trade.

A long stone wall east of the mosque provides a secure anchorage for hundreds of colorful fishing boats. The larger boats are suitable for deep-sea fishing and go out on tours of about one week, generally with a four-man crew, to fish the grounds of the Maldive Islands some 400 nautical miles – 740 kilometers – away. The smaller boats, dugout canoes equipped with outriggers, tend to fish at night close to the coast. The fish are auctioned off every morning on the beach opposite the Rest House. Traveling hawkers come on bikes, get some crushed ice from one of the ice factory’s waiting trucks, pack their fish into a wooden crate, and fasten it onto their carriers.


Tourist Sights/ Activity/ Excursions

FREE Entrance

Additional Expenses for Guest Approximate timing
Entrance Ticket Photo Permit Jeep/Boat/ TukTuk/ Elephant etc.
Yala National Park wild live Jeep Safari NO YES NO NO About 5 hours by Jeep
Bundala National Park wild live Jeep Safari NO YES NO NO About 4 hours by Jeep
Visit Kataragama Temple YES NO NO NO About 1 hour
Weligama Stick Fishermen YES NO YES NO About ½ about
Whale watching NO NO NO YES About 5 hours by Boat
Visit Galle Dutch Fort YES NO NO NO About ½ hour
Visit Masks Museum workshop in Ambalangoda YES NO NO NO About ½ about
Visit Metiyagoda Moonstone Mine YES NO NO NO About ½ about
Hikkaduwa Glass Bottom Boat NO NO NO YES About ½ about
Maduganga wetland Boat Safari NO NO NO YES About ½ hour
Visit Kosgoda Turtle Farms NO YES NO YES About ½ about
Water Sports (Jet Ski, Banana Ride, Surfing etc.) NO NO NO YES