Known as the first Muslim settlement in the country which was established by Arab traders in the 8th century A.D., Beruwela is shielded by a reef, making it an ideal water hole all year through.
A large population of the Moor community still resides here, with their primary vocation being gem merchants, essentially within the China Fort area. The Msjid-ul-Abrar is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest mosques and has now become a landmark monument of the area. The Al- Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Maha Vidyalaya, known to be the first and the oldest girls schools in the country, is also located here.
Visiting the Beruwela Harbour at the crack of dawn to witness the nets being pulled in and boats being unloaded is an exciting experience for those visiting the area.
This lone structure which has stood the test of time upon the shores of Beruwela, has come to be known as a signature monument of the little coastal village. Still in operation, this lighthouse is located on the beauteous little Barberyn Island enveloped in lush greenery. The island is accessible via a 10 minute’s boat ride, following which, a short trek to the lighthouse which stands atop a cliff 20 feet above the sea level, presents a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding spectacle.