Once a small fishing village, Beruwela depended on the rich Indian Ocean waters as major source of income. Now however the fabulous hotels and the golden beaches lure visitors from around the world. The reef-protected beaches are perfect for swimming while deep-sea fishing and windsurfing are also popular. Beruwela is not only an area of natural beauty but also of rich history and culture. Merchants from Arabia built Sri Lanka’s first mosques in Beruwela more than a thousand years ago. The Kechimatal Mosque sits on a headland in the town and it is here that a major festival takes place each year at the end of Ramadan. Other places of interest include Kandevihara Buddhist Temple that was built over two hundred years ago. Beruwela also provides many opportunities for the keen shopper as the main street is dedicated to busy shops and stalls that seem to cater for every need.
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