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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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  • The local ferry is very cheap, but packed. You can hire a private ferry to take a group across. Takes about an hour to get to Kochi beach.  more »
  • Willingdon Island is the largest man made island in India, filling it with dredged soil in 1936. It is the home of the best hotels e.g. Taj Malabar hotel, the Port of Kochi, the Customs House & the Ko...  more »
  • Beautiful scenic little island, it's not far from the Jewish town and other must see sights in Kerala. Part of the corniche is not accessible to lay people without permission, so don't venture off too...  more »