Fringed by Palmyrah palms and surrounded by shallow waters, the small islands scattered off the coast of Jaffna offer a wealth of scenic beauty and cultural heritage, making them excellent day trip venues for visitors to the North.
Drive across the causeway between the mainland and the island of Kayts, and find yourself in a quaint little village where life goes on at a pace of its own. Landmarks in the area include the ruins of Fort Eyrie and the well known Chaady Beach where you can walk for miles in the shallow waters. Situated between Kayts and Karainagar is Fort Hammenhiel, built by the Portuguese in the 17th C, it is the only fort in Sri Lanka that is built in the sea. Fully restored, the fort now houses a four bedroom guest house. The Delft Island, named by the Dutch after a town in the Netherlands, is home to about 1800 families and covers an extent of about 4700 hectares. An hour’s ferry ride away from the mainland, its array of sights include a giant Baobab tree, the Chola ruins, the Quindah tower and the wild Delft ponies that roam around freely.