About Beruwala

Beruwala – Sri Lanka

Beruwela is located 55 km south of Colombo or 92km south of CMB Colombo Bandranayake International airport at Katunayake, Negombo. 15km south of  Kalutara is Beruwela. Immediately to the south of Beruwela is the fishing village of Aluthgama. Beruwala, on Sri Lankas West Coast had the first Muslim community in Sri Lanka, recorded in 1024 AD. Beruwala, is a town in Kalutara District,Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council.

• Population : 130,000
• Area : 23.4 square kilometres
• 56 km south of the Capital, Colombo
• Economy : gem, tourism,  fishing, agriculture, services
• National average income (GDP/head) USD3,250, but poorest living on less than USD1 a day
• Climate : tropical, warm (20-30C), humid

Reaching Beruwela

Beruwela can be reached by main Colombo-Galle motor road (A2) as well as by the southern coastal Railway line that begins in Colombo and ends in Matara.

Beruwela Town

Both the railway station and bus station are in the city center of Beruwela.

Beruwela Beach

Beruwela’s broad and attractive beach called “Golden Mile” is a pristine beach of golden sand well sheltered by the palm groves that spread along the coastal stretch. The wide beach that basks in the glorious tropical sun from the direction of the ocean is well shaded with the lush greenery of the landside. Beruwela has excellent water sport facilities such as water scooter rides, wind surfing. para-sailing, water skiing. While the bay beach is safe for swimming in any month throughout the year, it also affords opportunity for Deep-sea Fishing and Wreck & Coral Reef Diving.

Beruwela Fishing Harbour

A walk around the Beruwela fishing port in the early morning affords the sight of fishermen offload the morning’s catch from brightly colored outrigger canoes and fishing boats that has returned from night fishing in the deep sea and now lined up. The lively fish market trade fresh seafood from one end to the other. And among the catch of fish are prawns and lobsters. Beruwela fishing port is a traditional fish market: it is bloody and smelly. Along the jetty are piles of dry fish.

Beruwala Lighthouse

The well maintained, functional International lighthouse of Beruwela is located off the beach of Beruwela at the picturesque Barberyn island enrobed in lush greenery. The island is accessible by a ten minute’s boat ride. A climb to the lighthouse that stands on a cliff 20 feet above the sea level affords stunning ariel views of the Beruwela beach and the surroundings.

China Fort

China Fort is the gem trading fair of Beruwela. The gem trading is dominated by the Sri Lanka Muslims, who constitute 7% of the population of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Muslims are descendents of Moors. Almost the entire neighborhood of China Fort has been engaged in the gem trade for generations. Much of the gem world’s colored precious stones are traded through these merchants. The Sri Lankan Musilms trace their gem trade back to the era when the Berber’s from North Africa’s Barbary States-Algeria, Libiya, Morocco and Tunisia, dominated the seas from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. Berber merchant ships called at Beruwela, perhaps named after the Berbers-Moors. The harbour where the vessels of the Moors were anchored is believed have become to be known as Berberyn Harbour on a later date.

Kachimalai Dharga

Kachimalai Dharga is said to be the oldest Islamic Dharga in Sri Lanka. According to the Moors at Beruwala, Kachimalai Dharga commemorates the location of the arrival of Moors in the eleventh century.

Masjid Al-Abrar – The first mosque of Sri Lanka

The Masjidul Abrar Jumma Mosque at Beruwala is claimed to be the very first mosque built in Sri Lanka as far back as 920 AD. Monumentally steeped in history it is also claimed to be the origin of Islam in the country.

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