Ross Island is a marvel for any visitor, it is spread over 70-acre land and stands still in the middle of the sea. This spectacular view of the Ross Island can be seen from port Blair which is at a distance of hardly 5 km. This little island is free of inhabitants and is widely known and preserved for its historic British architecture. It is a hugely popular tourist spot in Andaman’s. Ross Island has no fun sport like other islands. But it does have an adorable virgin beach.
However, the fascination of this place lies in its ruined architecture. This Island was discovered by Archibald Blair, a prominent hydrographer of the East India Company and later Governor General of India in the late 18th century. The architure dates back to late 18th century when it was a British coloney. This island was the headquater of the British force in the Andaman Islands. The reminiscence of this is found in the wrecked and ruined buildings present now.
The island echoes melancholy with zero inhabitants and few deer and rabbits. The architecture is worth the visit, for you have the British Raj bakeries, churches, graveyard, offices, and houses.
You could hold a small picnic here, do a photo shoot or run along with the deer’s and rabbits. No matter which one you choose, a day spent in Ross Island will make you feel the magic of a different era. Ross-island-andaman Ross-Island-Church Ross-island-ruins Ross-island-jetty
There are so many things to see here, not only the incredible and unique landscape, and the gorgeous beaches, but also historical vestiges that prove this place was flourishing one day, having so many stories to tell. Let us discover this island more, and learn about its glory and why did it end up being just a beautiful island and nothing more.
Ross Island used to be the headquarters of the group of islands, until a set of events moved the headquarters to Port Blair, a location that is 2 km to the west. On the 10th of March 1858, Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair with a steam frigate, taking Ross Island under British occupation. Since that moment, the island became the center of British power.
The British stayed here more than 80 years, time in which they have built on the island everything they needed for a lifestyle that was similar with what they had back home. They had a bakery, church, stores, water treatment plant, tennis court, hospital, cemetery, and many more. Unfortunately, very few of them still stand today, being the few witnesses that can tell the story of the island. Back in November 1857, the Indian Government decided to make a prison on the island, where they would send their most dangerous criminals, especially the ones that had the courage to take on the British. The purpose was to isolate these individuals from the rest of the prisoners and to give an example that harsh punishments will be applied if anyone tried to challenge the British authority.
The British had the island until 1942, when it was taken by the Japanese and held under their occupation until 1945. But, in 1941, the island went through a violent earthquake. It was just nine months since the Japanese claimed the island. The event scared a lot of people, who fled the island, moving to safer grounds. It wasn’t long until the island became abandoned. In 1945, the allies claimed the island back, although they abandoned it as well after a short while. This is why Ross Island looks like a wild forest from the distance, only getting closer revealing the fact that it had quite a restless history. Also, the name of the island was given after Sir Daniel Ross, a known marine survivor of the days.
Ross Island is very popular for the ruins that can be seen here, dating back from the British occupation. The vegetation and wildlife claimed the island back once it was abandoned by its occupants, but you can still see part of the buildings that made it once a highly strategic location, desired by the British and Japanese. Some buildings are still in great shape, looking very alive, allowing you to get a clear picture of how things were a few decades ago. But besides visiting the ruins, you can also enjoy the rich wildlife in the area, both on the land and in water, as it will offer you unforgettable moments.
It is known that deer run free in the island, not being too shy to come up close to visitors. You may also see peacocks, turtles, and many more. It is a great spot or scuba diving and snorkeling, also having beautiful beaches where you can relax and catch your breath.
The best way to get to Ross Island is by ferry. In Port Blair, you will have to grab the ferry from the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex. It is just a 15 minutes ride on the water up to the island. You will pay approximately Rs 100 for a round trip with the ferry, is you wish to go on your own. There are also visiting packages, which cost Rs 360 per person, but you will not just visit Ross Island, as it will cover as well the Viper and North Bay islands.
But, if you like to travel alone, and wish to see the best parts of the island, you can always choose to hire a guide, for Rs 200 directly on the island. And, if you are a bit more adventurous, you can ask some of the local fishermen to take you on a day trip around the mangrove forest, for example the Bridget Creek, or the Mt. Harriet National Park. But, do negotiate and do not pay more than Rs 2000 for a one day trip with the boat
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