Beruwela is a small resort town in the south western coastal strap of Sri Lanka. The name Beruwela is consequent from the Sinhalese word Beruwela that means the place where the sail is lowered. It symbols the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the atoll, recognized by Arab merchants around the 8th century AD. Large populaces of Sri Lankan Moors, of which, many of them are jewel merchants, still reside in the town-- predominantly in the "China Fort". Msjid-ul-Abrar, a signpost of Beruwela and Sri Lanka's oldest mosque, was constructed by Arab merchants on a stony isthmus overlooking the township.