Located off the main city of Jaffna, Delft Island is just one of many islands in the northern region that have a strong connection to the ancient and colonial past of the country. First made use of by the Chola Empire more than 1000 years ago and thereafter by the Dutch during the 17th century, the island is a stark contrast to the usual landscapes of mainland Sri Lanka, making it a unique place to visit.
Although the only remnant of the Chola Empire is the ruin of an ancient temple, ruins of the Dutch colonial period are scattered throughout. Notable ruins are the Dutch Fort, Queen’s Tower, the Dovecote, and the ruins of the horse stables. In addition to these, there are quite a number of natural attractions that are sacred to the local community, such as the African Baobab Tree and the mysterious ‘Growing Rock’.
Delft Island can only be reached through a ferry service. The best way to explore the unique landscape of the island is by driving around in a vehicle, as the heat of the day can get to you.