Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin)

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Willingdon Islands is the largest artificial 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.HistoryConceptionThe idea of developing a new port in Kochi was first felt by Sir Robert Bristow, who was appointed by Lord Willingdon, then-the Governor of Madras Presidency, to create a new modern port on the West coast of India at Kochi.ConstructionThe island was created during the construction of modern port in 1936, with the soil dredged out while deepening the Vembanad Lake to accommodate the new 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.
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  • This Island was built for shipping & navigation.Has been a fantastic place to work,enjoy waters and love views.  more »
  • popularly known as the Island by the locals, I used to work at the Trident Cochin which is located on this Island apart from the Taj hotel, hence lot of beautiful memories. we took the Ferry ride from...  more »
  • The island is very beautiful with nature and luxurious hotels. The Naval Base, Port and other commercial activities add to its spender and is a grand place to holiday  more »
  • This was my 'Go to Anytime' place during college years... I just loved spending time there, feeling the wind kiss my face gently, getting all nostalgic for God knows what all reasons, Getting lost in a Dreamlike world...and the occasional foul fishy smell would often wake you up to an Earthly Reality this place. 😅 Even now i'd be more than happy to visit this place daily.
  • Awesome place, I live here in quarters, everything is available including star hotels marriage hall, very peaceful and pollution free atmosphere yet close to city, got a beautiful park, museum, awesome wharfs, sea mouth view
  • The best and peacefull place in kochi.. trully awesome place
  • Place in Kochi, manmade island provide connectivity between Lakshadweep and main land
  • We were staying at the north end of Willington Island (Taj Malabar) during September. The island seems to be occupied by a cement factory, the Indian Navy and other maritime related industries. There really isn't much to see here, large areas of the island are wasteland, and other occupied by ugly warehouses and crumpling buildings. There are a few buildings, but these should be observed from the sea, perhaps take a cruise around the island from fort cochin or the mainland!

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