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 km² 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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  • August 10, 2017
    I really enjoyed my first visit to Delft Island. From the journey to the harbor across the causeways to the ferry trip (which takes almost an hour) and exploring the island itself, it really was a fas...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Not sure why i thought it would be but its not a tropeical island. We hired a Tuk Tuk driver had little English we would arrive a place of interest there ae 12 and he wouldn't tell us anything about i...  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    If j knew the conditions by boat, I n would have never gone. Once the crossing, difficult for me, small boat, sea a little rough, we find ourselves in a strange atmosphere. He had an incredible heat, he did no more for 18 months, horses are suffering from the drought and we learned that bcp would die. The walls separating the plots, in dead corals, are impressive. We liked the ride around the island. Back to boat, calm sea, but many more people on the boat than the go.
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Jaffna offers a scattered few accommodations for its visitors. They primarily take the form of guesthouses, with some more refined as well as some very basic options on the major boulevards and side streets close to the station. Take a peek close to the main green areas in town for some standard, purpose-built hotels, with larger rooms and a few more amenities. Alternatively, look around the peninsula for some more rural places to stay, primarily located near the coast.
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