Msjid-ul-Abrar is the oldest mosque in Sri Lanka and does merit a visit. It is also known as the Kachimalani Mosque and is a popular destination for Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
The Giant Buddha Temple
This is an appealing attraction. After all, the huge structure is, to say the least, impressive and a significant holy place for the local Buddhists. Located at the Kande Vihare temple the statue is over 160 feet tall and is in the Bhoomi Sparsha Mudra, which translates as 'touching the ground to ask the Earth to witness the Buddha’s enlightenment'.
Sri Pushparam Temple
Another nice place to visit. You can watch prayer flags flutter on the trees in the open courtyard and there's a very nice ambience in the temple surroundings.
Spending time at the beach is an obvious but immensely enjoyable attraction and it's the ideal location for a relaxed holiday with sun and sand. The clear skies and azure blue sea will make you feel that you truly are in a tropical paradise and the swaying palms just add to the feeling of well being.
Beruwela also has a harbour and you can pay a nominal fee to walk around it and explore. It is not for the faint hearted as the catch of the day will involve plenty of blood on the ground and a fishy smell that can stay with you even after you come away and have a bath. So if you dislike either stay away but if you want to buy the freshest possible lobster and seafood head here. Or you can take a trip to the lighthouse situated on an island nearby. The boat ride is a short one and the view from the top of the lighthouse is panoramic.
If you are into diving and snorkeling visit the coral garden just off the coast. Make sure you pick reliable help for your underwater adventure if you are going for the first time.
Yala National Park
You can also plan an excursion to Yala National Park in the south. It will take not more than a day for the full excursion so set one day aside for it. You can get a taste of the local wildlife as the elephants, crocodiles, jackals, boars, snakes and numerous birds make the visit memorable. Undoubtedly it is the elephants that will hold your attention here.