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Beruwala

බේරුවල
பேருவளை
Town
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Kechchimalai Mosque, Beruwala (one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka)
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Beruwala
Location in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 6°28′N79°59′E / 6.467°N 79.983°E / 6.467; 79.983 Coordinates: 6°28′N79°59′E / 6.467°N 79.983°E / 6.467; 79.983
CountrySri Lanka
Province Western Province
District Kalutara District
Divisional Secretariat Beruwala Division
Government
  Type Urban Council
  ChairmanMazahim Mohamed
Population
 (2012)
   Urban
33,053 (Urban Area)
   Metro
113,364 (Beruwala Division Area)
Time zone UTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Time)
Area code(s) 034

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. [1]

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Etymology

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. [2] The Chinese also traded here and Beruwala was known to them as Piehlo-li. [3]

History

Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn is also credited with establishing the first Sri Lankan Muslim settlement. Which marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island, established by the Somali Sheikh Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn, . [4] [5]

Demographics

Beruwala is a Muslim majority town. Sinhalese are sizable minority.There is also small numbers of Tamils.

Ethnicity according to Beruwla Urban Area (2007)

Ethnicity in Beruwala Urban Area
PopulationPercent
Muslims
94.10%
Sinhalese
06.85%
Sri Lankan Tamils
0.50%
Indian Tamils
0.17%
Others
0.05%

Source: statistics.gov.lk

Attractions

Transport

Rail

The Beruwala railway station, is located on the Coastal Line, connecting Colombo to Matara.

Road

Beruwala is served by the A2 highway, which runs past the town.

Education

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. As well as the First Islamic University of Sri Lanka "Jamiah Naleemiah" was established in Beruwela on 1974 by Great Donor Al-Haj Neleem for the betterment of Islamic Education in Muslim Society. It Consists of 7 years Islamic Syllabus as well as the Government curriculum. The library of Jamiah Naleemiah premises is known as The Largest Islamic Library of South Asia. Graduates of Naleemiah serve the country in various aspects such as in Public & Private sectors.

Government schools

International schools

University and colleges

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Beruwala is twinned with:

See also

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