“Wild horses on Delft island, Neduntivu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The horses originate from stock left by the Portuguese circa 15th Century.”

Neduntheevu or Neduntivu (Tamil: நெடுந்தீவு, Sinhala: ඩෙල්ෆ්ට්) (also known by its Dutch name Delft) 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.


The island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. He named the eight most important islands after Dutch cities.

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. There are feral ponies on the island, descendants of forebears abandoned there in the Dutch period.

Coral stone walls are plentiful across the island of Delft. Delft island, Neduntivu, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Your car reach to Delft From Kayts, the next island – connected by causeway to Kayts, is Punkudutivu,  Delft is over an hours ride away, 

Delft is an altogether more barren and remote feeling island of Jaffna Sri Lanka, with an eclectic array of local sites and curiosities: the enormous baobab tree, the large coral Dutch fort, the coral walls protecting the villagers smallholdings and houses, The Quindah Tower, the wild ponies and some excellent palmyrah toddy (gently fermented traditional (mildly) alcoholic drink). There are almost no vehicles and the real joy of Delft is the other-worldly feel and the barren remoteness of the landscape. A trip to Jaffna Sri Lanka is for those who really want to get off the beaten track

About Author

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply