Being an exotic island located in the Indian Ocean with lush forests, breathtaking water bodies and graceful sloping mountain ranges, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for those who wish to embark on relaxing vacation. During such vacations the average tourist tends to explore the more common and popular destinations when visiting a foreign country. The more historically significant attractions however mostly remain away from the spotlight. One such obscure monument depicting the colorful mixture of ethnicities of Sri Lanka is the Knochimle muslim mosque. Located in Bentota, Beruwala, only minutes away from five star resorts in Bentota such as Avani Bentota Resort that introduce a sense of luxury into one’s holiday, visitors more commonly explore this destination due to is fame for turquoise waters and sun kissed beaches that are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Along the sandy beach, this mosque sits atop an isolated rock 30m above ground and covers a significant portion of landscaped ground.
While not known to the masses, this historic place of worship draws the many devotees and any who stumble across this beautiful, simple architectural feat. The Knochimle muslim mosque is a valuable place of information and insight for those who are curious about the island’s history and its cultural diversity. Visitors can witness the unique traditions and lifestyles of the peaceful villagers during their visit to this temple that relate and attest to the rich history and religious meanings that this structure represents.
Gazing across the pillars of the mosque, visitors will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the coast and the shimmering ocean. While exploring the vibrant culture and lifestyle, one can also accommodate their inner shopaholic by browsing the local products for sale by coastal merchants and even indulge in various water sports.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.