Like so many small communities Beruwela was once a simple fishing village deriving its income from the rich waters of the Indian Ocean. However, now it has mushroomed and developed into a thriving sprawling community, which extends right up to the railway crossing at the Bentota River and has absorbed Alutgama, the source of this new found wealth is the hotels that take advantage of the beautiful beaches at this point. The busy main street hosts a fascinating array of shops and stalls which seem to cater for every need. The heart of the town is now the central bus station with regular departures and arrivals transporting passengers into the heart of the island or up the coast to the capital Colombo or South to Galle and beyond. Although the fishing harbour remains and freshly landed catches are sold daily at the fish market, the industry has been superseded and tourism is being developed. It was in Beruwela more than a thousand years ago that the first mosque was built in Sri Lanka by merchants from Arabia. Another site worth visiting is the Kandevihara Buddhist Temple which is over two hundred years old.
There are ATM facilities in Beruwela but we recommend visiting during normal banking hours between 09:30 and 15:00 hours daily – closed Weekends and Public Holidays
Hotels in Beruwela
|The Eden Resort & Spa||The Palms|