Willingdon Island Kochi: The First Artificial Island in India

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Willingdon island Kochi – Willingdon Island in Kochi is one of the most beautiful locations in Kochi. This island is man-made and was named after the 1st Earl of Willingdon, the Viceroy of India. It is also a major commercial centre and has the best hotels in the city. Today, Cochin is a major port in India, and Willingdon island Kochi is a landmark, with connectivity to the mainland by road & rail to the Venduruthy Bridge.willingdon island kochi

Willingdon Island is home to the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy, the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, and the Port of Kochi, which handles millions of tonnes of freight every year. This artificial island is connected to the mainland by the Venduruthy Bridge where people generally love the ferry ride and the boat trips.

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History of India’s first artificial island – Willingdon island Kochi

The history of the Willingdon island Kochi dates back to 1936. The idea of developing a new port in Kochi was first struck by Sir Robert Bristow. He was appointed by Lord Willingdon, the then Governor of the Madras Presidency, to create a new modern port at Kochi, the West coast of India. 

This island was created at the time of the construction of the modern port in 1936. It was Robert Bristow, the chief protagonist, and engineer of the project who owned the first building on this artificial island. The first liner to arrive at the island belonged to Bibby Line and reached the port on 9 March 1935. The port’s basic structure completed in 1939, near the time of the Second World War. Soil around a small natural island was filled to make this island and the area was majorly claimed from Vembanad Lake, also called the Lake of Kochi, and is famous for backwaters.

The port was then found useful for the Royal Air Force, leading to the creation of a thriving military base. On October 1, 1942, the Royal Navy took over the base from the RAF. After this, when India gained independence in 1947, the control of the transport hub was transferred from the British Empire to India.

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Here are places that you can visit while you’re taking your trip to Willingdon Island in Kochi.

Tours of Heritage and Black Waters

  • Mattancherry Palace
  • St Francis CSI Church
  • Paradesi Synagogue
  • Hill Palace Museum
  • Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica Fort Kochi
  • Bolgatty Palace and Island Resort
  • Fort Kochi Beach
  • Marine Drive Kochi
  • Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary
  • Indo Portuguese Museum
  • Njarackal Arattuvazhi Beach
  • Houseboat Cruise
  • Sagara Rani
  • Puthuvype Lighthouse

To reach Willingdon Island, one can either hire a cab, which is the most popular mode of transport for people visiting the Island or use public transport.

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