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Eluvaitivu is located in Northern Province
Eluvaitivu is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates 9°42′03″N 79°48′38″E / 9.70083°N 79.81056°E / 9.70083; 79.81056Coordinates: 9°42′03″N 79°48′38″E / 9.70083°N 79.81056°E / 9.70083; 79.81056
Area 1.4 km2 (0.54 sq mi)[1]
Province Northern
District Jaffna
DS Division Islands North
Population 555 (2012)[2]
Pop. density 396 /km2 (1,026 /sq mi)
Languages Tamil
Ethnic groups Sri Lankan Tamils
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Eluvaitivu (Tamil: எழுவைதீவு, translit. Eḻuvaitīvu; Sinhalese: එලුවඩූව Eluvaḍūva) is an island off the coast of Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, located approximately 22 kilometres (14 mi) west of the city of Jaffna. Eluvaitivu has several meanings in Tamil including "the island of landmark" which is derived from the Tamil words elu (mast or tower), vai (land) and tivu (island).[3] The island has an area of 1.4 square kilometres (0.5 sq mi) and had a population of 555 at the 2012 census.[1][2]

Eluvaitivu has no causeway connecting it to the mainland or other islands but is served by a ferry service from Kayts on the neighbouring island of Velanaitivu.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Table 05 (Geo., Topography) Islands in Sri Lanka". Sri Lanka Statistics. Kusaka Research Institute. 2004. 
  2. ^ a b "Census of Population and Housing 2012: Population by GN division and sex 2012" (PDF). Department of Census and Statistics, Sri Lanka. p. 146. 
  3. ^ "Know the Etymology: 42 - Ezhuvaitheevu". TamilNet. 27 July 2007. 
  4. ^ Fernando, Srimal (3 October 2005). "Sights and sounds of Jaffna". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 
  5. ^ Sivendran, S. (2 January 2000). "Kayts, a different world". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Eluvaitivu at Wikimedia Commons