Hotel Jaffna

Delft Island. (Neduntivu)

Neduntivu Island in Jaffna, Sri Lanka is popular for its feral ponies and remains of a 1000 year old ancient temple built by the Chola Dynasty. As well as the ruins of a Dutch colonial fort built as a guard point. Then ruling Dutch Government named the Neduntivu with a Dutch town name Delft, as they did to the other islets around here. If you happened to visit to Nainatheevu Island then it is easy to travel from there to this island, where small number of Tamil families living with the presence of the SL armed forces.



Don't confuse this island with the Delft, in Netharlands. This Northern province island name was actually "Pasuth Theevu" later the Portuguese changed it as "Ilha das Vacas" (Island of Cows). Later the island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. Now it is called as Delft and Nedunthivu.

Delft Island Neduntivu

How to Reach Delft Island?



Where to Stay in Delft Island?

Important places and things in Delft.

  • Portuguese Fort : This Fort was built by Portuguese to defend Sri Lanka from the invading forces via North and to protect thier shipping businesses during their rule.
  • Baobab Tree : Don't miss this large African origin tree in this island that was brought and planted by the Portuguese.
  • Banyan Tree : A wide open banyan tree which extends its canopy over a large area, where it started basically to grow on a Palmyra tree.
  • Quindah Tower : This tower used to be a mariner's support.
  • Wild Horses : Lot of wild horses are there. Actually they were from the Portuguese rule over this island where you can find the old stables too here.
  • Sarapiddy : This is the place for water source for the whole island.
  • Foot Print : Large footprint that measures nearly a meter.
  • Old Stables : Stables in Sarapiddy were said to be built by Englishman Nolan. Now you can see the remainings only.
  • Pigeon Nest (House)
  • Growing Stone : This is being worshiped by the local people.
  • Giant Footprint : Ancient foot prints on rocks.
  • Palmyra Tree with 12 Branches
  • Boundry walls made with coral stones.
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