Willingdon Island forms part of the city of Kochi. Much of the present Willingdon Island was claimed from the Lake of Kochi. The Willingdon Island, a man-made island. The Willingdon Island is a popular tourist haunt that is a must visit on a cruise to the Kochi backwaters. It is a contrived island made up of dragged up silt. You can find luxurious hotel accommodations and shopping havens. A visit to the central office of the navy is also a must.
The 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 Lord Willingdon, the erstwhile governor of Madras who ordered to commissioning 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.
Today, it is the commercial and industrial hub of Cochin and is also home to some of the best hotels, commercial offices and also important industrial headquarters. It is also one of the major artificial ports in India that serves as a principal connection to the other seaports of the world. The Willingdon Island is connected to the mainland or the Ernakulam District by the road and railway Venduruthy Bridge.
The 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.
Cochin International Airport is positioned along with the shipbuilding yard, wharf, customs house, and home for other establishments associated with the port. The Southern Naval Command Head Quarters is located in this island
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