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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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Where to stay in Jaffna

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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  • We really liked it as it is an unique experience. On the island there are forts, many wild horses, fishing villages, churches, temples.. just ask the tuk tuk driver to stop and check out everything! F...  more »
  • We went to Delft on Poya day so it was a busy day on the island. You need to get to the jetty early (there are buses or you can hire a driver) to catch the 930am boat. We couldn't find a boat timetabl...  more »
  • After an adventurous ride with a three wheeler and a boat we indulged ourselves in exploring this unique coral island. Besides obvious traces from the Dutch colonial period you can see a giant Baobab ...  more »