DELFT ISLAND TOUR
Attractive Discount For Groups
Boat trip to Sri Lanka’s largest island Daily, 03 passenger boat services are available to this island from the jetty in Pungudtheevu Island; the same place is used for sailing to Nainatheevu Island. Delft is 8km length and 5km width island in the middle of the sea with a population around 5,000. Prices of commodity are higher than the other part of the country as they have to be transported by boats and it takes almost one hr every time.
Sri Lankan horses (or phonies) More than 500 horses had been brought down by Portuguese in the 17th century and looked after them with great care. Dutch followed the same way and the British officials too took care of them for their own needs. Hundreds of horses can be seen grassing in the empty land and this is a unique seen in the entire Sri Lanka.
Mammoth baobab tree and growing coral Thousands of baobab trees were planted by Portuguese in the past and we may see the centuries old mammoth one in the middle of the island. These trees were grown by them for the purpose of horse feed. Naturally corals grow in the sea and local people worship a growing coral which is in the shape of large cobra, in front of a Hindu temple.
Holy Hindu temple and ageless banyan tree A Hindu temple for Lord Ganesh is seen in the eastern part of the island and the specialty is the 4 doors for the main deity where as it’s only one door in all other temples. Huge banyan tree can be seen in front of the temple and the main root is very difficult to find
Queen’s tower This tower was built on the eastern coastal edge in 1905 by British but the rest of the palace couldn’t be seen. As in other parts of the island boundaries are nicely arranged by corals up to 4-5 feet and very had to find a concrete wall.
Pigeon cage and relics of palace We knew very well that ancient rulers used pigeons for sending urgent messages to long distance and the Dutch too is not an exception. Even now we can see a concrete pigeon cage initially built by Dutch and maintained by British.
40’ Man’s foot print on rock A 3’ long foot print is appeared in the western side of the island and the Hindus believe this is related to the Indian epic Ramayana as Hanuman came from India to Sri Lanka to find Rama’s wife Sita.
Relics of ancient Buddha temple Basement of two miniature Buddhist temples are seen in the western coast of the island but some believe that this is part of the ancient ruler’s check point to safe guard the island from enemies.
Many more historical sites