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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 man made island and few 5 star hotels are situated at this place. All the luxury liners operate from this place. Even cruise to Lakshwadeep island sail from this island. 
  • Absolutely neglecting. The artificial island serves mainly the military and industry. There is nothing to see. Only the Casino brings hotel package tourists to the island.
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  • A wide range of things to do from visiting historical and religious sites to markets and shops. From the square to Jew street it's worth a visit. Shops are willing to haggle, people there are friendly...  more »