Sri Lanka is a teardrop shaped island located near the southern tip of India. Often called the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ the island is a veritable paradise. From lush forests to lonely beaches, it is the ideal spot for ecotourism. However, one should not neglect visiting the island’s historical and cultural attractions.
Although the Beruwela area is primarily known for its beaches, it does boast a few cultural sites of interest as well. The Kechimalai Mosque is one such place. This historic place of worship draws visitors with its gorgeous, yet simple, architecture. The mosque is completely white except for the green doorways, the striking contrast adding to its tropical charm. The mosque is situated on a headland and is believed to have been constructed over a thousand years ago. In fact, it is believed that the first Muslims to come from Arabia settled in Beruwela and that the Kechimalai Mosque was built by them.