Tourist information about Beruwala
General information about Beruwala
Beruwela (also Beruwela, Beruwala, Beruwala) - resort town on the Western coast of Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian ocean, located about 55 kilometers South of Colombo and five kilometers to the North from one of the popular resort of Sri Lanka – Bentota (Beruwela on the map of Sri Lanka). Sometimes Beruwela is regarded as a suburb of Bentota, although in reality it is totally a resort. The population of the town – 34250 people (2012).
The city was founded in the VIII century by the Arab traders. "The coast, where it was lowered sails", as translated name of the resort, with Sinhala. Local residents are engaged in fishing and crafts. In the Sino Ford the Arabs trade of precious stones.
Beruwela — the nearest resort from Colombo in the South (except for conditionally beach suburb of Colombo, mount Lavinia), and the first in a series of resort towns of Sri Lanka, stretching along the South-Western coast. This is a fairly young resort, its infrastructure is still developing. Sandy beaches stretching along the ocean beaches, coconut palms, clear water and sun – there is everything you need for a beach holiday and sun. You will find beach cafes. Along the beaches are hotels of different levels.
In 2004, this district came a devastating tsunami. The beaches and hotels suffered greatly. In recent years, built new hotels and renovated old. In some areas work has not been completed, and preserved reminders of the tragedy.
Stay in Beruwala — is often a batch of beach holidays, independent travellers are almost there. The influx of tourists is observed in the midst of the European winter. The Germans, the French, the British, the Dutch love to arrange a vacation on the Sunny ocean beaches. Come here to escape from life the bustling metropolis.
Beaches, Beruwala possess a smooth sandy bottom. Here often there are big waves but you can swim in the coves and creeks. Many tourists prefer to sunbathe near the pool on the free sun loungers. On the municipal beach for the loungers you have to pay. Traditional beach activities: Windsurfing, water skiing, sailing and sailing cruises, snorkeling among the coral reefs. You can practice submarine fishing. In the area of Beruwala has a cemetery of sunken ships. For divers is a Paradise. There is a diving centre and a water sports Confifi Marina. Of course, on the beach you can find traditional beach activities: riding on banana, water scooters, Windsurfing etc. No night life and youth entertainment here, unfortunately, no.
Resort life here is concentrated along the coast, in the area hotels. Local fishermen by the Sinhalese traded here in the morning freshly caught fish and seafood. In Beruwala you can enjoy high-quality coconut moonshine (normally 33 degrees) — Arak. Local whisky is better not to try, head ache. When hotels operate SPA salons focused on Ayurvedic medicine. Tennis courts, Golf. At each hotel there are bars and restaurants. Tourists will find numerous souvenir shops.
Sites Beruwela not much. The resort town is decorated with Arabic white Kasimali mosque (Masjid-ul-Abrar), built on a rocky promontory. This is one of the oldest temples of Sri Lanka. At the end of Ramadan in Beruwela the pilgrims go to honor the tomb of Sheikh Alaranta recognized in the Muslim world the Holy Ghost. In the vicinity of the resort is a Buddhist temple of Kandy Vihara (1734). Near Beruwala is a turtle farm that tourists like to visit. You can go on a boat trip to one of the Islands, where stands the old lighthouse. One of the attractions is fisherman's Wharf, where the early morning unfolds a brisk trade in freshly caught seafood.
The hotels also offers plenty of excursions as mentioned sights, as well as in other places in the vicinity or in a distant part of Sri Lanka. Thus, the popular tour-Safari on the Bentota river Ganga, visit a few attractions of Bentota, attractions in Hikkaduwa, a town and Fort of Galle, a trip to the national parks of the island, visiting cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.
Weather in Beruwala, tourist seasons
In Beruwala, as well as on neighboring beaches of Bentota and Aluthgama, the climate is conducive to year-round recreation. Outstanding low and high season.
High season and best time to visit is from October to April. During this period, the least amount of precipitation, and the beaches are less waves.
The low season lasts from may to November. At this time, are frequent, but usually short rains, the weather changes very rapidly. What is really bad, the monsoon winds form standing waves, and swim or engage in water sports is dangerous.
Seasons in Beruwala months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Beaches and hotels in Beruwala
Unfortunately, the stories at various sites on the Internet, selling tours, long beautiful beaches Beruwela, to put it mildly, far from reality. Yes, there are beaches, but they are not so wonderful and extensive, as the write mentioned websites. A large part of the coastline of the city is occupied by the port, the Parking of fishing boats, or sand line is simply too narrow and dirty for the rest. If you look there are wonderful beaches, is just South of the city, up to Aluthgama beach. Some beaches are further North of the city, but given that there is almost no tourist infrastructure, it is better still to settle in the South.
South of Cape opposite the island crow (Crow Island) starts more or less normal beaches and hotels, with its territory and areas on the coast. The shore is well protected by Islands and reefs on waves, good for families with children. Further South begins the Aluthgama beach (Aluthagama). This is a good place, but it is in the mouth of the river Bentota Ganga and in the rainy season the water rivers bring into the ocean and mud from the land. Well and if to pass or go a little further, you can get great beaches of Bentota. True, bad one: to get from one beach to beach along the coast will not work, because in some places the coastline is interrupted by buildings, rivers, etc. So it's best to move between regions to use tuk-tuks or leased vehicles.
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How to get to Benevello
The way to Beruwela from Russia and other countries is through the main airport of the country, Bandaranaike, near Colombo. Upon arrival at the airport to Beruwela easiest to reach by taxi, but you can do it much cheaper by using local transport.
The taxi ride from the airport will cost $ 55 or 7000 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka and the exchange rate), on the road an hour and a half. The price is cheaper, you can bargain with the taxi drivers outside the airport. To rent a car through the hotel you are booking at the airport counter or via the search form:How does a transfer bookingDetails >Find the right routeBooking a transfer onlineThe driver meets you at the airport or at the station
By bus or train
To reach Beruwela from the airport by bus or train, you will have to change trains in Colombo. It is best to go with transfers on buses, but if you want exotic, you can use the train.
Bus can spend no more than 200 rupees against 7000 on a taxi. To do this, we must first from the airport on route No. 187 to drive to Colombo. For more information on how to do it here. On this bus you will arrive in Colombo at the main bus station, where he immediately should transfer to the bus to Beruwala. Until Beruwala buses do not go, as the town is just a stop on the route, so you need to find a bus in a southerly direction to Galle (Galle), Matara (Matara), or Tangle (Tangale), but always confirm before boarding the bus that the flight goes through Beruwela. To find the right bus at the station you will help local residents and drivers: it is enough to call the right place for you, you will be directed to the correct bus. They constantly go in the daytime, there are about 60 rupees. All the way from the airport leave 3 hours. On arrival, the hotel can be reached on foot or by tuk-tuk.
To get on the train, just have also be reached by route No. 187 to railway station, Colombo Fort, where you take the train. The railway station is next to the bus station, and route No. 187 goes directly to her. Tickets in advance do not need to buy, just go to the cashier and buy a ticket on the next train, even the cheapest third class. This ticket will cost 55 rupees. Time trains on the road for almost 2 hours.
Daily from the station is sent at least 10 trains to Beruwela, but pre-check the schedule on the website https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk. Depending on the location of your hotel to go either to the railway station Beruwala (located right in the city, see map), or Aluthgama (closer to the southern beaches and the beach of Aluthgama).
From other cities of Sri Lanka to the resort in most cases you will have to get a transfer to Colombo, exactly the same as the above described route from the airport. With the exception of only Colombo and beaches of the South and West coast: Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Matara, Tangalle etc. Of these place is easily accessible directly by bus or southern railway.
Transportation in Beruwala
Public transport is not here, and to move around the city or on the nearby beaches will have to use the services of a tuk-tuk or rent a transport. Tuk-tuk within the city you can drive for 100 rupees, 200 rupees to Bentota. To rent a motorbike in Bentota possible, but will have to look for rental through the hotel or tuk-tuks. The price for a simple motorbike starts from RS 700 per day. Read more about rent motorbikes in Sri Lanka here.
There is another option to travel to nearby beaches – bus. On the main road Galle rd there are local buses from Colombo to South and back again, they can move from beach to beach. But first you have to walk to the Galle Road, there are some hotels, sometimes far away. Travel to Bentota is not more than 20 rupees.