Known after Lord Willingdon who was a British Viceroy of India, the Willingdon Island is one of the largest artificial man-made islands in India which is located in the city of Kochi, Kerala. It links Kochi with other seaports of the world and houses some of the best hotels, and commercial & industrial buildings of the district. This beautiful island is surrounded by beautiful backwaters of Kerala. It is considered as the habitat for the port of Kochi and the Kochi Naval Base of the Indian Navy and Central Institute of Fisheries Technology. One who wants to take a feel of serene atmosphere and natural beauty may visit here and enjoy holiday with pleasure. This island is a heart of Shipyard area of Cochin where luxury hotels are situated; some also provide Arabia Sea views as well.
The legend says that Robert Bristow who was the chief protagonist and engineer for the project had bought the first building on the island but at present the entire land is under Cochin Port Trust and Indian Navy. This island is created during the construction of modern Kochi Port in the year 1936 with the soil trench while deepening the Vembanad Lake for the new Kochi Port.