Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin)
Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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.Make Willingdon Island a centerpiece of your Kochi (Cochin) vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Kochi (Cochin) travel itinerary planner.
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The island was formed by the deposits of dredged material from the backwater when expansion of the Cochin Port was undertaken. The entire island is owned by the Cochin Port Trust and hence no one can ... read more »
The island is man made, I went there with family, the waterside road is wonderful for joggers and children's park is ok, as it didn't look well maintained. I went there in the evening and the sunset v... read more »
We visited on our way from Fort Kochi to Allepoza . We crossed a iron bridge and found the island. We came to know that this island is a man made island and not a natural one. But unless told one cann... read more »
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