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Beruwela and Kalutara Tour

Duration: Half Day

beruwela and kalutara tour

Sri Lanka’s coastline is dotted with glorious white sandy beaches and tranquil fishing towns which are a delight to explore. Some of the prettiest and most interesting places can be found south of Colombo, the commercial capital. This relaxing tour will give you a glimpse of the island’s coastal highlights as we explore the towns and beaches of Beruwela and Kalutara.

Located 60 km from Colombo on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, the peaceful fishing village of Beruwela is now a thriving holiday resort, attracting both independent travellers and families alike. The beautiful long beaches are bordered by palm trees and protected by offshore reefs which make the area ideal for swimming and watersports. Soak up the sun on powdery white sands and cool off in the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. If you can drag yourself away from the beaches, the town itself is certainly worth exploring.

Established by Arab traders around the 8th century AD, Beruwela is believed to be the first Moorish settlement on the island. The town was built in a distinct Arabic style and is home to the oldest mosque in Sri Lanka – the Kachchimalai Mosque. This striking landmark was built on a rocky headland overlooking the town and is an ideal place to watch the sun set whilst enjoying views of the bay and lighthouse. Despite being a bustling commercial resort, the town has fortunately retained much of its traditional charm. Spend time browsing the shops and markets for local handicrafts, or watch the colourful fishing boats bringing their daily catch into the harbour. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture.

We move onwards to the relaxed holiday resort town of Kalutara, one of the west coast's largest settlements. As well as being famous for its beautiful long stretch of beach, the town itself is steeped in history. Dating back to the 11th Century, Kalutara was first ruled by a South Indian Prince named Vickramapandya before he was killed by natives. Located at the mouth of Kalu Ganga (River Black), the town later became an important spice-trading centre, governed by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British at various times.

If you are looking for a unique gif or souvenir, Kalutara is famous for its colourful basket ware, which includes bags, mats and other items woven from Watekaiya palm leaves and coconut fibre. Before you leave, also try and taste the island’s bet quality “mangosteen”, a luscious purple fruit with juicy white flesh. Offering a unique mix of tropical paradise, tradition and old colonial charm, Kalutara will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Sri Lanka.

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