Willingdon Island is a man-made island located in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala, India. It is named after Lord Willingdon, a former British Viceroy of India. The island was created by sand dredging and land reclamation between 1929 and 1933, using material excavated during the construction of the Cochin Port.
Willingdon Island is situated between the backwaters of Kochi and the Arabian Sea, and it spans an area of around 3 square kilometers. The island is connected to the mainland by road and railway bridges, making it easily accessible. It is also home to important transportation facilities, including the Cochin Port, the largest seaport in Kerala.
The island is primarily known for its commercial and industrial significance. It houses several important establishments, including the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of the Indian Navy, various government offices, port terminals, and warehouses. Many shipping and logistics companies also have their offices and facilities on Willingdon Island.
Apart from its commercial importance, Willingdon Island also offers a few recreational and tourist attractions. The luxurious Taj Malabar Hotel, a prominent landmark on the island, provides stunning views of the Kochi harbor and backwaters. Visitors can enjoy boating and cruises on the backwaters, taking in the scenic beauty of the surroundings. The island is also known for its picturesque sunset views.
Willingdon Island is an important hub of trade and commerce in Kochi and serves as a gateway for both domestic and international trade. Its strategic location, combined with its scenic beauty, makes it an interesting place to visit for both business and leisure travelers in Kerala.