Beruwela lighthouse is located on Barberyn Island on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is one among the four international lighthouses of Sri Lanka. An exciting 10-minute boat ride from the town of Beruwela ends in this breathtaking little island where you can climb a lighthouse and enjoy the sunset from the tower. This unique experience is made possible while you enjoy your stay at one of the Resorts in Bentota such as AVANI Bentota Resort.
Beruwela is an intimate fishing town located in the southwestern shores of Sri Lanka. It is a peaceful town and is a popular place for tourists. The Barberyn Island is roughly around eight acres and is covered with coconut trees, Plumeria flowers, mango and cashew trees, and the cooling shade of buffalo grass. It is about 20 feet above sea level and gives out beautiful views of the surrounding ocean. The island is a home to a variety of exotic birds, reptiles and insects.
Built by the British in 1889, the lighthouse stands about 50 feet above sea level on a cliff. Hard rocks surround it, protecting it from the waves. The path towards the lighthouse is a circular gravel path. The grand, yellow tower stands majestically at the edge of a 30-metre cliff. This 110 feet tall lighthouse has served as a navigational aid and to warn ships of dangerous areas. It still functions as a lighthouse and the light goes on from 6.30 pm until 6.30 am. It Consists of 20 bulbs which gives out 5000 watts.The light rotates for one minute each time and directs sailors. This graceful structure is maintained by five lighthouse keepers. The premises of the lighthouse are spotless and clean. Since 1984 the Sri Lanka Ports Authority has been overseeing the maintenance of the Beruwela Lighthouse. All ships and boats going to the Maldives have to pass the Beruwala lighthouse which is one of their most important functions.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.