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05 Attractions in Beruwela – Ancient Port City

Beruwela set up by Arab traders in the 8th century is the first Muslim city in the country; located on the vibrant southern belt of Sri Lanka it's 56kms from Colombo. Here's why it's so popular.

1

Masjid ul Abrar

Also called the Ketchimalai Mosque this is the oldest Jumma Masjid on the island. Hence it is quite an interesting place to visit especially if one were to appreciate its location in front of a huge pond. Regarded as the root of Islam in the island, the mosque is very popular during Ramadan. Masjid ul Abrar is located on Arabi Road in Beruwela and further down, denoting the place the Arabs first landed a second mosque facing the beach stands. This, in reality, is Ketchimalai Mosque which together with the previous is regarded as the oldest monuments to Islam in the island. Easy to reach from Anantara Kalutara Resort; Beruwela is just 24 minutes from Kalutara.

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Temple of the Giant Buddha

Visit the Kande Vihareya temple in the Kalutara district and you will come across the 160 foot tall giant Buddha statue. The statue denotes the 'Bhoomi Sparsha Mudhra' which is a stance that touches the ground asking mother earth to witness the enlightenment of Buddha. A revered Buddhist pilgrimage site this temple is easy to reach from your Kalutara luxury hotel. Sri Lanka being a Buddhist nation has many vintage temples and artefact to appreciate and it must be said that this statue is one of the most impressive.

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Beruwela Beach

Beruwela Beach is a quiet enclave and lovely place to relax. The sandy shores are perfect for kicking back, relaxing and soaking up the sun. The Indian Ocean lapping at its shores is ideal for swimming while sights of traditional wooden canoes bobbing on the sea are what tropical holidays in Sri Lanka are made of. Do take along the cameras for pictures of azure blue skies, swaying coconut palms, a glistening ocean and smiling fisher folk.

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Beruwela Harbour

The Beruwela Harbour is ancient and still functions welcoming fishing vessels bringing in the fresh catch of the day. It is not, however, an experience for the faint of heart since plenty of blood and fishy smells linger in the area an active trading post for fish. If however, you are after very fresh fish and lobster this is the best place to head to. While there check out the old lighthouse sitting on an offshore island that is a very short boat ride away. Even if you do not appreciate the fishy vibes of Beruwela Harbour the stunning views of the area from the summit of the lighthouse will make everything seem well.

5

Snorkelling and Diving

Just off the coast of Beruwela is a lovely coral garden which one can explore on a snorkelling or diving tour. Make sure to book your tour with a recommended tour operator in order to stay safe and have the best experience.