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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  • I took a bus from Jaffna to the port at around 8 in the morning. The road to the port is very beautiful - the nature around is amazing. I believe the ferry departed at around 09:30. The trip lasts app...  more »
  • Yes we saw the horses along with many other reminders of the colonial era. The boat trip across takes about an hour ands is fine in flat seas! There is not a lot of infastructure for tourism on the is...  more »
  • The way to spot where the boat sailing to Delft island is already beautiful. Views over beautiful lagoons. Than by boat to Delft island. We had an old wooden boat and that was equally swallow for our pampered Westerners. Delft island is truly beautiful. Beautiful nature and ancient attractions. And certainly no mass tourism so if you get the chance go that way
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  • I found the visit to Delft Island very nice. Even though there is not a very special thing to see, it breathes history. A former Dutch fort that is now in ruins. Destroyed stupas, destroyed by Portuguese colonialists. A nice and small local market. And wild (Dutch) horses. I do recommend taking a guide. If you don’t know what you are looking at, then it’s not that interesting. The surroundings where very nice and different as well, and not a lot of tourists.
  • Wonderful island and one of the magnificent beach in Sri Lanka.There are many wild horses around the island. Bort service available daily according to the time table. Free boat service also available.
  • A free boat services are given by the RDA at 10.30am and 4.30pm from kurikattuvan. Inside the island a mini van (dimo batta) where 10 people can travel cost you 3000rupees. They will show the full area you want to see inside the island. The island consists of Dutch building as well.
  • Nice place to visit .. and beautiful locations
  • Separate island situated in the north, Different culture, walls are made up with corals, Good place to visit

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