Kechchimalai Mosque, Beruwala (one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka)
|• Type||Urban Council|
|• Chairman||Masahim Mohamed|
|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. Beruwala with a total area of approximately 15 square kilometres and is located on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, 60 km (37 mi) south of Colombo.
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 Sheikh Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn, who converted the people into Islam. The town was originally named Berbereen in honour and respect of the Somali Shaikh.The Chinese also traded here and Beruwala was known to them as Piehlo-li.
Beruwala has the first recorded Muslim settlement in Sri Lanka, with records establishing the settlement by Arab traders around the 8th century AD.
A large population of Sri Lankan Moors, many of them are gem merchants, still live in the town, particularly in the China Fort and Maradana areas.
The Beruwala railway station, is located on the Coastal Line, connecting Colombo to Matara.
Beruwala is served by the A2 highway, which runs past the town.
Beruwala is home to Al-Fasiyatul Nasriya Muslim Balika Navodaya School Maradana, which is the first and oldest Islamic girls school in Sri Lanka.[ citation needed ] It was damaged by the tsunami on Boxing Day 2004.
Beruwala is twinned with: