Delft Island

First made use of by the Chola Empire more than a thousand years ago and thereafter by the Dutch in 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 remains of an ancient temple, there are many ruins of the Dutch colonial period scattered throughout.

What to Expect

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.

❂ Useful Tips:

  • Take note of the timetables of the ferry, since it is the only way of getting to and from the island.
  • Keep in mind that in can get quite hot and humid on the island, so come prepared with water.