Among the popular coastal tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, Beruwala is the first main beach stop one would find between the International Airport and the South-western part of the island. This coastal town is famous for a very attractive beach strip also called the “Golden Mile” due to its golden sand glittering under the bright tropical sun. Among the many attractions in Beruwala including swimming and snorkeling, a very vibrant and experience is to visit the Beruwala Fishing Harbour. For those who wish to stay in this beach area, there are plenty of start class resorts in Bentota, a town just minutes away from Beruwala such as the Avani Bentota Resort, that are renown for luxurious accommodation while giving visitors the ability to explore the many exciting attractions in the near vicinity with very little travel time.
Tourists who visit and explore this part of Beruwala are likely to observe the exciting flurry of activities at the lively fish market upon the shore, where the fisherman negotiate on the prices of the day’s fresh catches with local villagers while attempting to draw more potential customers. If one were to stroll through the fish market they would generally be treated to an impressive display of fresh seafood including various types of fish, prawns, lobster and crabs. If one manages to arrive by 7.am in the morning they also witness fisherman hauling in a day’s catch through brightly painted fishing boats and outrigger canoes after being out fishing at sea through the night and dawn. As a large commercial fishing harbor with the ability, the Beruwala harbor has the ability to supply berthing, refrigeration for fresh seafood, and offer fuel facilities when needed by the fishing boats.
Being a naturally protected area, the coastal stretch in Beruwala is said to have been used as a port by merchant vessels for hundreds of years. The formal organization and construction of the fishing harbor with the necessary infrastructure facilities was completed in 1965 and is now being used as a model harbor with European Union standard facilities.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.