Willingdon Islands

  • Willingdon Islands is the largest artificial island in India and forms a part of the city of Kochi.
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • It is a major port in India, and a landmark in the city of Kochi. Willingdon Island is connected to the mainland by Venduruthy Bridge, which has road and railway links.
  • The headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy is located on the island. Cochin shipyard is also located near this island. It is also a major tourist centre.