Delft – The largest island in Sri Lanka (Neduntheevu | Neduntivu) Travelogue
By : Dinesh Deckker
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|Year & Month||Number of Days||Crew||Weather||Transport|
|Dec, 2010||2||8||Excellent | Hot||Boat | Landmaster | Bus|
|John the Baptist Church Delft|
|Travel Tips, Travel Notes and Special remarks|
This travelogue is dedicated to Mathu and My Lovely Wife….
This travelogue is special for us and for all the readers as its a new rare experience. When we were in our friends house in Chavakacheri one of our friends aunt suggest to visit Delft. She further said the parish priest of Delft is a relation of heres and there will be no problem in accommodation. So our plan was finalized and next day we arrived at Punkuduthiv jetty around 9.30AM. There were 2 boats which was offering service to Delft and one was a free service by RDA. The other one was a paid service which cost 50 rupees to go to delft.The RDA boat was leaving the jetty at 10.30AM and we decided to use that. The boat is different from Nagadeepa boats it is bigger and have windows. We saw Delft in the horizon and it was not captured clearly on the camera. When you at the Punkuduthiv jetty can see the Delft NAVY communication tower slightly. Boat started the journey exactly at 10.30AM and there were lot of crowd and none of them were travelers. All were either living in delft or visiting relatives in Delft.
Myself and my brother in law had the chance traveling on the roof and lucky we met a male nurse from Delft hospital. We were able to uncover lots of information from him. In the Warakan season boat operators does not allow people to travel on the roof and boat windows are always closed and he said the most of the people vomit at the end of the journey as see it that rough in the Warakan season. Also he showed a place called “meeting place of seven seas” which is according to his information where has whirlpool(Diya Suli). Also it seems there are whales in this area and we would have been lucky if we travel in the evening.
The last last boat from Punkuduthiv leaves from 3PM and not coming back. RDA boat does 2 trips and the other does 1 trip per day. So missing the boat is a MAJOR issue…
After 1 Hour and 20 minutes journey we arrived at Delft Jetty and we were not able to clearly see either main land or punkuduthiv and the feeling was great. We are miles away from the main land which we wouldn’t clearly see, yet we were in Sri Lanka. NAVY officials came to escort us and asked few questions “Whats the purpose of this visit and etc?” and we had to leave our National IDs in the jetty NAVY office and they gave us a temporary coupon. The Law is you cannot carry your ID to Delft and you have to leave it behind. People living in Delft and working in Delft have a special ID.
On the peer there was a CTB Bus.. I could believe it.. NAVY has transported the bus using a ship. So we took the bus and got down near Pradesheya Sabha and walked to the church. Rev.Father welcomed us and we had our lunch before starting the journey. Rev Father arranged us a land master as the transportation method and it was the main transportation method in Delft.
Our first attraction was giant baobab tree in Delft. It was very big in size and may be bigger than Mannar Baobab tree.
After sometime we went to visit the Dutch fort by the Delft Hospital. The fort is damaged but still remains the beauty.The fort is fully made using dead corals and it is the specialty. By the way i think this is the most interesting hospital in Sri Lanka because most famous fort is on the backyard and the entrance is hospital corridor. But still Delft Hospital does not have enough medicine and it was sad to know.
We climbed up to get the best view and we were able to get the view of the ocean… The fort situated on the backyard of Delft hospital and it is a interesting place.
After spending some interesting time investigating the fort and next we went to the Delft beach and I must say it is the most beautiful and pure beach I have ever seen in Sri Lanka. The photographs dont reveal the true beauty. The water was so blue and there were LOTS and LOTS of sea shells. The sand was white and was like maldives. (We didn’t had the bath in the evening and it was awesome we walked more than 500M in to the water and the water level was below my shoulder and the underneath only sand nothing else. )
People of delft mostly are fisherman and most are Catholics. They are very nice people but most don’t talk Sinhala at all. Lucky we had Tamil companions and I my self regret that i didn’t had facility to learn Tamil. Our next destination was “Devil’s Well”, which was the fresh water source for entire island. They believe the wells were dug by a devil and is so deep which doesn’t have an end. But the fact is water available in the dry season.
So the next destination was the “Giant’s Footprint”. Which was located few miles in to the island and we traveled across beautiful paddy fields and small water tanks. Finally arrived at that point and the foot print is engraved in to a stone. The soil on that area is very different and I have never seen anything like that. Also people said that there is a similar foot print in Nainathiv.
Just few meters from the foot print there is an interesting place which is a Dutch stable. ( places where horses are tied). Also there are lots of Wild Horses in Delft. Some of the people of Delft are similer to cowboys and they can catch a horse using a rope. Also it is said that if that cowboys hit somebody with a rock he will be surely dead as they are so accurate on their target.
When we returned to beach to it was dusk. We had a bath for quite long time and some NAVY officials stationed there came and talked with us. They were very friendly and showed us an interesting place which was a dutch pigeon nest. I captured the picture in pitch dark and below is what I came up with.
We went to bed around 10.00PM and there were thousands of mosquitoes and we didn’t sleep at all. You wont believe its very difficult to sleep in Delft. Early morning i got up and went out to get some sunrise shots. We collected our IDs from NAVY and left 8.30AM ferry and reached punkuduthiv around 10AM.
We tried to cover the attractions as we can. We had a limited time and i think we did managed to shere something with you all. There is a lighthouse in the other end of the island and can see India from the top and it is inside a NAVY camp. But next time will cover the island fully.
The funny & sad thing was i needed to send some medicine to Delft and I called all the courier companies in Sri Lanka and they refused. One girl answered the phone and asked “Are you sure it is in Sri Lanka?” I was stunned…..! So I used good old postal service.. (There is a Post office on the island)
Have a Safe Journey!