Willingdon Island

This man-made island lies nestled in the backwaters between mainland Ernakulam and Mattancherry. Named after the Viceroy of India, Lord Hillingdon, the 775-acre island was created from soil dredged up while deepening Kochi’s harbour in 1928. The man responsible for this engineering feat was a visionary, Sir Robert Bristow. The island is home to the Cochin Port Trust and the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command. There are also top-end luxury hotels such as the Taj Malabar, Trident Hilton and Casino Hotel. A cluster of four other islands – Vypeen, Gundu, Vallarpadom and Bolgatty – crowd the creek where the large Vembanad Lake flows into the Arabian Sea.

SNC Maritime Museum:

This museum was established in 1989 to display the different maritime activities of the Indian naval forces. The star attraction is the vallom (boat) made of a single piece of wood, the thampakam. Once owned by the Raja of Ambalappuzha, it is said to be over 300 years old.

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