List of islands of Sri Lanka

17th century Dutch map of Sri Lanka with the Dutch names of the Jaffna islands

This is a list of islands of Sri Lanka. There are number of islands around Sri Lanka. The most prominent islets are west of the Jaffna Peninsula in the Northern Province. These group of islands also had Dutch names during the Dutch colonial period but only a few of those names are still in use today.[1]

The nation has a total area of 65,610 km2, with 64,740 km2 of land and 870 km2 of water. Its coastline is 1,340 km long. The main island of Sri Lanka has an area of 65,268 km2 – it's the twenty-fifth largest island of the world by area.[2] Dozens of offshore islands account for the remaining 342 km2 area.

The old Prakrit-Pali-Sinhala names, found in the Pali chronicles like the Mahavamsa, have been discussed by toponymists and historians.[3] Although they are infrequently used, we have included them in the table (under notes) due to their touristic and historical interest.