Delft Island

Delft Island

 

If you are interested in island hopping the island of Delft welcomes you just offshore of Jafna. It’s about 35kms from the Jaffna peninsula and easily reached by ferry that’s uniquely constructed of pure coral stone mined from the sea and helps act as a man-made breakwater. The island was named after a Dutch town that bears the same name. This island still carries traces of the Portuguese and Dutch periods in Sri Lanka. The Old Dutch fort is a walking distance away from the ferry dock. The beautiful Delft beach is famous for exquisite seashells. The island consists of many stone walls which had been constructed of beautiful chunks of brain and fan coral which is found in abundance in the island and offshore. The ferry crossing to the island takes an hour or more depending on the seas. The best period to visit the island is from late July up to end of August. The only accommodation on the island is at the circuit bungalow which is known as the Madam. This could be booked through the district secretary’s office. You could find a home stay with basic facilities and even live as the islanders do, and thus enjoy another novel experience. In the sun- drenched, wind-blown open grassy plains one sees herds of wild ponies foraging for food. Though they seem to run wild they are in fact owned by several people as the brandings on their sides indicate. Do not attempt Bronco Busting with them because they can be meaner than your wild bronco out in the American wilds. Delft has clean beaches, shallow waters, beautiful coral formations and it’s a wonderful get-away for a beach comber. Other than the ponies, there are ruins of a castle built by the Portuguese. The pigeon house that was used for carrier pigeons still remains as do the ruins of a dagaba which is at present a Hindu Shrine. The highlight on the island is its best quality toddy, an arrack extracted from the Palmyra palm.

 

 

Delft Island, Northern Province

Delft Island, Northern Province