It is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka situated 60 kilo meters south of Colombo along the main west coast road in the city of Beruwala which is home to other tourist attractions apart from the sea. You can reach this place either by drive through the Colombo-Galle main road or catch a train from the Southern coastal line which begins in Colombo and ends in Matara. To the south of Beruwala is the fishing village of Aluthgama. The Bentota Bay Beach Resort is very close by and it is one of the most famous resorts for tourists in Bentota Sri Lanka.
Beruwala seaside out of all Sri Lanka beaches is called the ‘golden mile beach’ due to its golden sands, which is clean and doesn’t stick to your body and is well sheltered by the stretch of palm trees. The long stretch of sea line allows you to take a long relaxing walk or even a jog if you wish to get your workout done. Make sure to enjoy a sunset on this pristine location. The sea is safe and inviting and allows for activities such as Deep Sea fishing and Wreck and coral reef diving. Other water sports facilities include water scooter rides, parasailing, water skiing and wind surfing. There is the International lighthouse which is at close distance to this seaside in Barberyn Island which you can access by a ten minute boat ride. It is a well maintained building and you can catch a magnificent look of the beach and surrounding early in the morning or even catch a glimpse of a sun rise.
Do not also miss out to pay a visit to the Beruwala fishing harbour early in the morning as you will be able to observe how the fisherman bring home their catches in their multi-coloured large boats and canoes and is a very lively and busy site to behold. The fish market is filled with fresh produce of not only fish but prawns, lobsters and other. The smells could be quite unbearable at times but if you are living in a guesthouse make sure to purchase some produce and have it cooked and consumed to enjoy the authentic flavours.
Beruwala has originated from the Sinhala term ‘Ba Ruvala’ which meant lower the sails. As it is the oldest settlement of the Moorish community, where in 1024 AD the first Muslim traders from the Middle East settled, there is the Karchimalai Mosque, the oldest mosque of the island to be observed as well. It is a significant landmark of the island and is situated on a rocky mountain with view of bay and light house. It is quite busy during Ramadan season. There is also the Galapata temple displaying paintings of frescoes built in the 12th century. You can also visit the China Fort which is the gem trading fair of the country.
This seaside is a place you should visit not only for its own beauty but all the other lovely sites of importance and makes your trip worth it.