Neduntheevu (Delft Island), Jaffna

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Neduntheevu or Neduntivu is an island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands, whose names are Tamil. The island's area is 50 kmĀ² and it is roughly oval-shaped. Its length is 8 km and its maximum width about 6 km.Neduntivu is a flat island surrounded by shallow waters and beaches of coral chunks and sand. It is home to a small population of Tamil people, mostly living in quiet compounds close to the northern coast. The vegetation is of a semi-arid tropical type, with palmyra palms, dry shrubs and grasses that grow on the pale Grey porous coralline soil. Papayas and bananas grow close to the local people's homes. In the western coast of the island there are remains of a 1000-year-old temple built by the Chola Dynasty, as well as the ruins of a Dutch colonial fort. The water is slightly brackish, and it is taken from shallow wells using buckets made from palmyra palm leaves. A naval battle was fought off the coast of the island in 2008 during the Sri-Lankan Civil War. There are feral ponies on the island, descendants of forebears abandoned there in the Dutch period.The island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. He named the eight most important islands after Dutch cities.
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  • We, a group of friends, visited this largest Isalnd of Sri Lanka in October. It takes about one and half hours ferry ride (free!) from the main Jaffna peninsula. Ones landed there are tuk tuks , modif...  more »
  • Visiting Delft Island is without doubt quite the experience but everyone has to decide for themselves if it's worth the effort, time and money. Here's how we experienced it: We first took the local bu...  more »
  • The bus, ferry and tuktuk trip to Delft was a very enjoyable day. The ferry trips both ways are operated by the navy and are free. We arrived on the island and started by pre ordering lunch at Island ...  more »

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