Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped island located near the southern tip of India. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ the island is a veritable paradise. From lush forests to lonely beaches, it is the ideal spot for ecotourism. However, one should not neglect visiting the island’s historical and cultural attractions.
Although the Beruwela area is primarily known for its beaches, it does boast a few cultural sites of interest as well. The Kechimalai Mosque is one such place. This historic place of worship draws visitors with its gorgeous, yet simple, architecture. The mosque is completely white except for the green doorways, the striking contrast adding to its tropical charm. The mosque is situated on a headland and is believed to have been constructed over a thousand years ago. In fact, it is believed that the first Muslims to come from Arabia settled in Beruwela and that the Kechimalai Mosque was built by them.
The best time to visit this historic structure would be during the annual celebration marking the end of the month of Ramadan. It is a joyous occasion and even onlookers will feel included. In 2013, the festival will occur in August, although the exact date has not been determined yet. The mosque is a great place to visit, especially for those interested in learning more about the island’s culture and history. Visitors to the Kechimalai Mosque will also enjoy the gorgeous vistas of the ocean and the surrounding areas that one can get from atop the headland.
Bentota is a popular beach town that is situated to the south of Beruwela. A beloved tourist destination in Sri Lanka, many people come here to relax and to try out various water sports. The town’s location makes it easy to visit the surrounding areas, including the numerous attractions found in Beruwela. The town has excellent infrastructure. The roadways are good and restaurants are easy to find. When it comes to resorts in Bentota tourists can have their pick. Those looking for a place by the beach can try the Avani Bentota Resort. The Bentota hotel comes with numerous facilities, including a divine spa.
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. Google+