Amuura Permaculture Garden
Situated near the Bentota River and overlooking the lower hill country of Sri Lanka, Amuura Garden is the heart of our Company. There we grow organic cinnamon and develop a permaculture garden with an increasing variety of local fruits, vegetables and herbs.
The garden is either reachable by three wheeler (25 min) or by boat on the Bentota River (1,5 h)
During the tour you will learn everything about how cinnamon grows and its harvesting process.
There are beautiful bays all around the island. It is possible to walk around the island to see some beautiful birds, and you might be lucky enough to see one of the island’s peacocks! You can also walk up to the 34 m tall lighthouse which was built by the British in 1889.
Barberyn Island is located about 800 m from Amuura Beach House. You can reach it by boat or by swimming, if you are physically fit enough to swim the 800 m distance. We caution guests not to do the swim on their own, and only to do the swim if the sea conditions are suitable.
The island is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, fishing and picnics!
The name Beruwala means, “The place, where the sails have been let down” because this is where the first Arab salesman arrived from India. For this reason, there is a large Muslim population in the area, and there is a mosque next to the harbour. In the mosque is the sarcophagus of Sheik Ashraf Velliulah, a descendant of Prophet Mohammed. A legend says that he was floated over the sea to this place.
You can reach the mosque by walking north along the beach for about 500m.
Beruwala harbor and fish market
If you walk along the beach past the Kechimalai Mosque on the harbor wall, you will have a beautiful view over the harbor with its colorful fishing boats.
To see the fish market you must enter the harbor from the road side. The best time to visit is at about 6am, as you will get to see some big shark and tuna fish. This is also a great time to watch the beautiful sunrise.
As the harbor is only 500m from our home you can easily walk there.
Muslim neighborhood and fish market
When you walk outside the door and turn right, you will reach the muslim quarter with its little Roti and pastry shops. In the center of the muslim quarter, about 500m from our home is also a little fish market, where you can see the fishermen displaying their daily catch every day after 5pm.
At the Kandavihara Temple, you can find Sri Lankas highest Buddha statue at nearly 50 m tall.
There is also an elephant living in the garden of the Buddhist temple.
The temple is 10 min three wheel drive from our home. Entrance to the temple is free.
This is a wonderful garden in the village of Kalawila, landscaped by Bewis Bawa. It is full of large trees, flowers, bushes, ponds and sculptures. The beautiful house of Bewis, who died in 1992, is also accessible to the public.
Brief Garden is reachable by three wheeler (20 min)
Geoffrey Bawa, younger brother of Bewis Bawa of Brief Garden, son of a successful lawyer in Sri Lanka and descendant of a wealthy Burgher-family, is a world-famous architect who designed many hotels, official buildings and private houses in Sri Lanka. In 1947, he started creating his country house and garden on a former rubber plantation.
Lunuganga is 20 min from our home and best reachable by three wheeler.
Bentota River Safari
The river is perfect for observing birds, snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards and flowers. Driving through the mangrove forest is also a unique experience.
River Safaris start at the lagoon on the river in Aluthgama which is 10 min from Amuura Beach House.
Local Market in Aluthgama
The market is every Monday in the town of Aluthgama. There you can find many goods including fruits and vegetable, cloth, household items, spices, handmade traditional products and much more.
Experiencing Sri Lanka’s shouting salesman and crowded roads is worth a visit if you would like to experience Sri Lanka’s everyday life.
Even if Beruwala is not one of the famous surf spots in Sri Lanka, it is perfect for beginners as the beaches here are not crowded at all and the waves are easy to surf.
You can either rent one of our surfboards or go to Moragalla or Bentota Beach to have surfing lessons and rent surfboards.
Sunshine Water Sports Center
The lagoon of the Bentota River offers many water sport activities including windsurfing, water skiing, wake boarding, banana and tube riding, jet skiing, speedboat trips, canoeing and fishing.
The Water Sports Center is 10 min from here by three wheeler.
Ypsilon Diving School
PADI Diving School in Moragalla (1 km from Amuura Beach House)
Discover Scuba Diving (half day, theory, pool training, one dive in the sea, max. 12 meters)
Sail Lanka Charter
Catamaran sailing trips start at the harbour in Beruwala and include snacks on board, swimming, snorkelling, stand-up paddling and visits to Barberyn Island.
Morning Trip: 9 am – 3 pm, Afternoon Trip: 12pm – 6pm
Galle Fort (Day Trip)
The old town of Galle is probably the most beautiful city center in Sri Lanka.
Built by the Dutch in 1640, it is now a world cultural heritage site with wonderful restored colonial buildings and lots of cafes, shops and restaurants to stroll around.
Make sure you also visit the Historical Mansion to get an authentic insight of how people lived during the Dutch Colonial period (Entrance is free).
The most beautiful way to get to Galle is by train (see train schedule) which takes about one hour with the express train.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve (Day Trip)
With trees up to 50 m tall this is one of the last untouched jungles in Sri Lanka. There are leopards, monkeys, reptiles and many birds to see.
The best time to go for a walk in the jungle is early in the morning. You should bring good rain boots or shoes with you if you plan doing this excursion as there are many leeches.
You can leave here by van at about 5am because it takes about 2 ½ h to get there. The normal walking tour is 5km long and takes about 3 hours.
Colombo (Day Trip)
If you have had enough relaxing beach time and need some excitement or want to see what Sri Lanka’s shops have to offer, these are our favorite places to go in Colombo:
Pettah is a crowded and busy quarter where all the merchandisers gather. There is nothing you can’t buy in Pettah!
The Galle Face Hotel was one of the first hotels in Colombo and it was built in 1864.
The National Museum is situated in one of Colombo’s most beautiful colonial buildings and Geoffrey Bawa’s Colombo Residence “Number 11” in 33rd lane, Colombo 04 is the home of Architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Barefoot has the most colourful cotton fabrics and handmade souvenirs. At Paradise Road you will find all kind of décor items and Odel has a nice collection of cloth, jewellery and cosmetics.
If you are in Colombo on Thursday or Saturday make sure you visit Good Market for organic products and tasty food. Thursday from 1pm-9pm at the Diyatha Uyana market stalls next to Waters Edge in Battaramulla and Saturday from 10am–6pm at the Nuga Tree car park at the Racecourse in Colombo 07.
For shopping typical Sri Lankan products and souvenirs you should go to Lakprahana which is on the same ground like the Good Market shop.
Dinning and Nightlife
The Gallery Café Paradise Road is the place to go in Colombo. The lemon-meringue-tart is the very best!
For good Thai Food go to Siam House, Colombo 04 or dine at Café Francais (48 Park Street, Colombo 02) which is a high-end restaurant with a French chef.
In the evening you can enjoy live music at the Dutch hospital until 12pm and afterwards you can have tasty cocktails at the Sky Lounge of the Kingsbury Hotel with an amazing view over the skyline of Colombo.