The coastal town of Beruwala is popular with those seeking a quick dose of sun and sand. The beach here is board and lined with resort hotels and guest houses. Fish Harbor is especially popular among visitors who come to enjoy the lively atmosphere and watch different varieties of fish being unloaded from sizable vessels; bargaining begins as early as 7 am.
Historically, Beruwala is where the first Arab traders landed in Sri Lanka in the 7th century and established a Muslim settlement. Kechimalai Mosque, to the west of the harbor, is believed to mark the site of the landing. more