Old Dutch Hospital on Delft Island – ඩෙල්ෆ් දුපතේ පැරණි ලංදේසි රෝහල

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Old Dutch Hospital on Delft Island currently being renovated - ඩෙල්ෆ් දුපතේ පැරණි ලංදේසි රෝහල  නැවත ප්‍රකෘතිමත් කරමින්
Old Dutch Hospital on Delft Island currently being renovated – ඩෙල්ෆ් දුපතේ පැරණි ලංදේසි රෝහල නැවත ප්‍රකෘතිමත් කරමින්

This island was called by the Portuguese ilha das Vacas, had a fort built by them. The Dutch called it Delft Island. The Tamils call it the Neduntheevu or Neduntivu. This is the largest island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. The Delft Island covers 11,500 acres and is a low and arid island. Delft Island is a mostly bare island with little shade. Delft Island is a mostly bare island with little shade. The most common tree here is the Palmyra tree. The Palmyra Toddy is one of the chief articles of food in Delft.

The island has been occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British in the past. Other than the Portuguese Fort, much if the ruins found in the island belongs to the Dutch period or the British. The hospital built by the Dutch can be found in front of current police station on the island.

This building has been made using limestone and corrals commonly found in the island. The front of the building has room and a verandah. After the British invaded the country and took over the land from the Dutch, they have used this building as an administrative building during their time on the Delft island. The tiles of this building have been imported from Bangalore, India and bears the year 1865. Currently this building is been renovated.

References

  • Lewis, J., 1909. NOTES ON DELFT. The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 21(62), pp.341-360.
  • කෝරළගේ, එස්. බී. and කල්ප අසංක, එම්. වී. ජී. , 2017. යාපනය දිස්ත්‍රික්කය. 1st ed. කොළඹ: පුරාවිද්‍යා දෙපාර්තුමේන්තුව, p.91.

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Traveling Directions to Jaffna (Old Dutch Hospital on Delft Island)

Route 01 from Colombo to JaffnaRoute 02 from Colombo to Jaffna
Though : Kurunegala – Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Vavunia
Distance :400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving directions : see on google map
Through : Puttlam – Anuradhapura – Vavunia
Distance : 400 km
Travel time : 7-8 hours
Driving Directions : see on google maps
From Jaffna to Old Dutch Hospital on Delft Island
Total distance: 32 km
Duration: With boat trip (between 2-3 hours)
Driving directions:  See Google Map  (Kurikadduwan Jetty)

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