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Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin)

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Willingdon Islands is the largest artificial man-made island in India, which forms part of the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India. Much of the present Willingdon Island was claimed from the Lake of Kochi, filling in dredged soil around a previously existing, but tiny, natural island. Willingdon Island is significant as the home for the Port of Kochi, as well as the Kochi Naval Base (the Southern Naval Command) of the Indian Navy and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, a constituent unit of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.The island is also home for other establishments associated with the port, namely, the Office of the Cochin Port Trust (that controls the Port of Kochi), the Customs Office, and more than two dozen export-import offices, warehouses, a few hotels and business centers.Name & HistoryThe Island was created during construction of modern Kochi Port in 1936 with the soil dredged out while deepening the Vembanad Lake to accommodate the new Kochi Port. It was named after The 1st Earl of Willingdon, the Viceroy of India at the time, who commissioned the project. Robert Bristow, the chief protagonist and engineer for the project, owned the first building on the island. Today the entire land belongs to Cochin Port Trust and Indian Navy.
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  • This is a man made Island. There is some fine hotels situated in this island. The Taj Malabar Hotel is also situated in this Willington Island. Unless you are staying in any of the hotels in this Isla...  more »
  • The Island was formed by dumping the soil dredged for widening the Vembanad Lake and named after the British Visceroy Marquess of Willingdon. The Cochin Port, Souther Naval Command HQ, Port Trust offi...  more »
  • The Taj Malabar is the only reason to go here. The rest of this place is mostly industrial and harbor related businesses. Not pleasant!!! Taj Malabar is one of the best locations in the Kochi area.