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Best Things to Do in Beruwala

Revered as one of Sri Lanka's most accessible beach capitals, Beruwala is a cultural epicentre in its own right. Here are some of the top activities for holidaymakers vacationing in the area.


Visit The Brief Garden

Often regarded as an architectural and a horticultural masterpiece in the region, Bevis Bawa's Brief Garden is a must tour highlight for all visitors based in Sri Lanka beach hotels in Beruwala. The famed brother of iconic architect Geoffrey Bawa, the residence of Bevis Bawa is no less impressive than the identifiably Sri Lankan residences of his celebrated sibling. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens which includes a Japanese water garden, sculptures and other features such as bowers and alcoves, the Brief Garden is not the only attraction here. Bawa's residence which serves as the focal point of the beautifully designed garden is also open to visitors.


Bentota River Safari

As a preferred activity for visitors based at the Cinnamon Bey Beruwala and similar hotels in the region, a river safari on the Bentota River is another must-experience activity for first timers. As the third most expansive river in the island nation, the Bentota River is not only a scenic body of water but also one that is lined with mangrove forests and other attractions. A river cruise not only includes a stopover at a Wanawasala temple of the Buddhist order but also spotting water monitors and vibrant bird species occupying the banks of the river.


Witness a Toddy Tapping Demonstration

As one of the more unique activity options available to tourists, witnessing a toddy tapping demonstration is a once in a lifetime opportunity to behold a crucial step in the production of a local alcoholic beverage. Tapping toddy from a palm of the same name is not an easy task as men climb to great heights and employ delicate techniques to extract the main ingredient of this delectable local spirit made from a Palm variety. Don't forget to sample some classic Sri Lankan toddy after the awe inspiring demonstration.


Visit the Sapugoda Viharaya

The brainchild of Reverend Sapugoda Anandha Thero, the Sapugoda Viharaya is no ordinary cultural highlight in Beruwala. Don't forget to visit this historic temple and tour its interiors on your visit to Beruwala as the edifice in not only home to captivating murals but an equally engaging image house as well. Showcasing classical Kandyan building features other notable elements of the Sapugoda Viharaya include its Makara Thorana and its ancient Vahalkada.


Visit a Turtle Conservation Centre

As one of the most unforgettable activities available to Beruwala vacationers, taking the time to visit the famed turtle conservation centre close to the Bentota Bridge is also a must. Not only is the hatchery at the forefront of the turtle conservation efforts in the island but the venue is an informative space for nature lovers and turtle enthusiasts to learn about the many programs initiated by the centre. Visitors can tour the tanks in which turtle hatchlings are kept until they are of age to be released back to the ocean or take part in the release themselves by signing up for the experience.


Beruwala Lighthouse

Regarded as the best observation deck in the area, no visit to Beruwala would be complete without taking in the coastal views from the Beruwala Lighthouse. Located on an island off the coast of the city, visitors can hop on a boat to the lighthouse and enjoy the panoramic views.