Beruwala

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Beruwala
බේරුවල
பேருவளை
Kechimalai Mosque, Beruwala. One of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka, it is believed to be the site where the first Somali Muslims landed in Sri Lanka.
Kechimalai Mosque, Beruwala. One of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka, it is believed to be the site where the first Somali Muslims landed in Sri Lanka.
Beruwala is located in Sri Lanka
Beruwala
Beruwala
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°28′N 79°59′E / 6.467°N 79.983°E / 6.467; 79.983Coordinates: 6°28′N 79°59′E / 6.467°N 79.983°E / 6.467; 79.983
Country Sri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Kalutara District
Time zone Sri Lanka Time (UTC+5:30)

Beruwala (Sinhala:බේරුවල Tamil: பேருவளை )is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. The name Beruwala is derived from the Sinhalese word for the place where the sail is lowered. It marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by the Somali Shaykh Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn, who converted the people into Islam. The town was originally named Berbereen (Now Beruwala) in honour and respect of the Shaykh. [1]

A large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them gem merchants, still live in the town—particularly in the "China Fort". "Masjid-ul-ABRAR" situated in Maradana, Beruwala,(ESTD-920) a landmark of Beruwala and Sri Lanka's oldest mosque, was built by Somali traders on a rocky peninsula overlooking the town.

Beruwala is also home to Al-Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Maha Vidyalaya Maradana, which is the first and oldest Muslim girls school in Sri Lanka.[citation needed] It was damaged by the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004. The oldest School in Beruwala is ILM Samsudeen Vidyalaya of Mahagoda, which is celebrated its 100th centenary years recently on 2017.

Beruwala is the starting point of the 130 kilometres (81 miles) long stretch of beach. In the past few years great strides have been made in the field of resort development in this area. The bay around remains ideal for bathing almost for the whole year.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Beruwala is twinned with:


Sport clubs[edit]

Cricket clubs[edit]

  • Kent C. C. - Massala
  • Middlesex Maradana C. C.
  • Sea Lions C. C.

Soccer clubs[edit]

  • Super Sun S.C
  • Berberyn S.C
  • Great Star S.C
  • Gazelles S.C
  • Chinafort United S.C
  • Light House S.C
  • Arabians S.C
  • Eleven Eagles S.C
  • Sunrise Beruwela S.C

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jaleel, Talib (8 July 2015). Notes On Entering Deen Completely: Islam as its followers know it. EDC Foundation. p. 1106. 
  2. ^ "Reading - Town Twinning". Reading Borough Council. Archived from the original on 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2013-07-14. 

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