Beruwala, located 60 km South of Colombo on the main west coast road (Galle road), together with Bentota Bay Beach Resort further south is the gateway to some secluded beaches extending all the way to Hikkaduwa Bay Beach. The twin resorts have been developed into Sri Lanka's chief package-tour resort zone. It has a long string of mid-range and top-end hotels along its fine beach, where locals address foreigners initially in German. Moragalla beach located slightly north of Beruwala has been practically merged with Beruwala in terms of holidaying.
The name Beruwala is derived from the Sinhalese words Ba Ruvala (lower the sail). Beruwala has a large population of Muslims. Beruwala is the oldest recorded Moor settlement in Sri Lanka. It is a small multi-cultural fishing village with a charming beach and is also a busy commercial city. The beach is very attractive and known as the ‘Golden Mile’ especially because of its golden sand, flawless beach with shady palm groves all along the coastal stretch. It’s an ideal place for swimming and to laze in the soft sand. Among the many attractions in Beruwala, the fish market is quite an interesting excursion. Beruwala is a town which is known for fishing, and most of the people engage in fishing as a mode of living.