Willingdon Island, Kochi (Cochin)

3.7
#4 of 8 in Nature in Kochi (Cochin)
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.
Plan to visit Willingdon Island and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kochi (Cochin) attractions using our Kochi (Cochin) day trip planner.
Source
Create an itinerary including Willingdon Island
map
Willingdon Island Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
83 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • my home when I was working in Ernakulam and my daily route to my office to this Island. enjoyed a lot in this Island  more »
  • This is a man made island (in the 1920s) and the only reason we were here was due to staying at the Taj Malabar hotel at the northern end of the island. The island itself has very little to do, it's w...  more »
  • This Island was built for shipping & navigation.Has been a fantastic place to work,enjoy waters and love views.  more »
Google
  • In coastal city of kochi one of the beautiful little islands. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the sea and those huge ships passing through.
  • Wellington island is a scenic place. Wellington island is a scenic place. Several star hotels are located here. Willingdon Island is the largest artificial island in India, which forms part of the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India...
  • 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.
  • Owned by Govt. Famous for Naval vase vish head quarters customs headquarters, port trust offices and ships import export offices r here.
  • I've been to willingdon island 3 to 4 times , bt i couldn't find this beach which I've heard and seen in pictures in google. Can someone please tell me where is it. The perfect romantic conquests spot.❤
Places to stay near Willingdon Island

Plan your trip to Kochi (Cochin)

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Willingdon Island by other users

View more plans