- Islands of Sri Lanka
There are number of islands around Sri Lanka. The most prominent islets are east of the
Jaffna Peninsulain Northern Province. These group of islands also had Dutch names during the Dutch colonial period, few of those names are still in use today. [ [http://www.lankalibrary.com/geo/dutch/dutch5.htm Dutch heritage of Sri Lanka ] ]
The prominent islands around the
Jaffna peninsulaare Analativuwhich is still not connected to the mainland via a causeway. Eluvativuwhich is a small fishing settlement. Kachchatheevu, an island that India transferred to Sri Lanka in 1974that is still a point of contention between Sri Lanka and the Tamil Nadustate of India. Kachchativu used to be used by fishers from both Sri Lanka and India. There is a popular Catholicshrines on this island. [ [http://www.tamilcanadian.com/pageview.php?ID=4216&SID=59 Fishermen Want Katchativu back - TamilCanadian ] ] Other notable ones are Karativu , Mandativu, Nainativuwhich is also known as "Naga Dipa" in Sinhalese that is home to a Buddhistand Hindushrines and is a renowned place of pilgrimage for both Tamil Hindusand Sinhalese Buddhists. Neduntivualso knowan as Delft in the Dutch language and is known for its native ponies. Paratitivuis an uninhabited islet that is used by local fishers for resting. Pungudutivuand Velanaiknown as Leidenin Dutch are two large islands that is home to most of the island population.
There is another set of islands that belong to
Sri Lankaand form part of a sandy chain of islands known as Adams Bridge. The Sri Lankan end of the chain is a relatively large island known as Mannar Island. It is a historically important entry point of merchants from India and Arabia and embarkation point of refugees from Sri Lanka to India. There are number of other small uninhabited islets around Sri Lanka that are used for security, shipping safety and tourism purposes.
List of islands
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