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5 Best Thing to do in Beruwala

When in Beruwala, it is imperative that you experience the water sports activities, religious sites, colourful markets and alluring waters of this cheery fishing village.

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Visit the turtle hatchery

In the South, there is a great focus on turtle conservation with many turtle hatcheries dotting the coastline. A crew of enthusiasts supervise the female turtles as they lay their eggs, which can be between the numbers of 100 and 150. The eggs are then collected and taken to the hatcheries safely. At the hatcheries, the baby turtles hatch out of their shells and will then be released into the sea when the team thinks they are up to it. A trip to the hatcheries is a fascinating and extremely educational one so be sure to pay attention, ask lots of questions and just enjoy watching this eco-activity take place. Travellers who come by get to see popular species of turtles such as hawksbill and leatherback turtles. It is also better if visitors ask permission from the hatchery before attempting to hold the turtles.

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Full-day excursion

Since the town lies in the vicinity of several tourist attractions and hotspots, it is no surprise that a full-day trip is in order if you happen to visit here. If you stay at hotels such as the Cinnamon Bey Beruwala, there are many lovely places to explore and enjoy, of them, a few that you might be interested in checking out are the Bentota River Excursion and Kkande Viharaya in Aluthgama. Architecture and nature lovers might, however, be interested in a little trip to the Geoffrey Bawa Garden where the fantastic expanse of land called Lunuganaga is a symbol of a legendary architect's legacy. There are loads to do in this beautiful and majestic paradise; take a boat trip, see the animal conservation or just look around the gardens and admire the gorgeous landscapes you can find. A visit to the heavenly Ayurvedic spa is also must-try for visitors of the gardens.

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Trip to Galle Fort

This ancient Dutch building is what remains of old colonial times in Sri Lanka. As an iconic historical landmark, the Galle Fort is a resident item on any Galle itinerary and first-timers are usually in awe of the superb location. A trip to Galle Fort can be a stop-over from your beach holiday in Beruwala as it is just a few kilometres eastward. There is something quaint and haunting about the cobblestone streets, comfy eateries and mesmerising marine museum that certainly reminds you of romantic Italy. Take a look around, grab coffee or tea or else go out to the clear blue waves where beach vendors sell local snacks like "Beeralau" rolls give off a tropical homely atmosphere that is picture-postcard-perfect.

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Indulge in tropical delights

When the papaya and mango fruits are in season, it is a must for travellers to try them out. As far as papayas go, the small yellow varieties are best enjoyed when they are in season since they are usually over-priced during off-seasons. Papaya is a common fruit in fruit salad and most of the locals like to have it for breakfast as well. The delicious tender fruit is sold at many fruit markets in Beruwala town so travellers can be sure to find it without much effort. Mangoes too are some of the best fruits to enjoy in the town and when it' hot outside, it can be incredibly refreshing as a cool treat. During mango season, ripe juicy mangoes can be found at "achacharu" stalls; there's nothing like pickled mango with chilly, sugar and salt.

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Enjoy seafood

With the sea harbour located within the perimeter, the town is a hub for fishing and the boats come up to shore every day with their recent catch. It is for this reason that Beruwala's seafood is the showstopper on most menus at restaurants and Bentota hotels along the coast. The town offers a lot of great seafood like squid, parrotfish and lobster and there are loads of options for those who prefer a platter beside seafood. This is the ideal place to tuck into the plate full of the freshest catch of the day.