Ross Island is one of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, about 2 km east of Port Blair. It was the Administrative Headquarters for the islands, before an earthquake rocked it in 1941. The headquarters were then shifted to Port Blair. One can see remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the church, swimming pool and the chief commissioner's residence with its huge gardens and grand ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy.
This small island, less than a square kilometer stands right across Port Blair. This island served as the capital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941 and when the Japanese occupied it and converted it to a ‘POW site'. This island homes the ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner's house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees.
Ross Island was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement for nearly 80 years. It had everything like bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery. Today, everything has disappeared except some buildings, which housed some of these landmarks. The island is a sceneric beauty and attracts not only adventurous crowd but also many History buffs due to its historic significance. The food found here is also has regional influence and a must try.
Attractions and Activities at Ross Island
The scenery of Ross island is mesmerizing. There is a lot of historic aspects to the islands, and is major attraction for history buffs.There is a sanctuary which has a decent collection of animals. Mostly, it is good for a quaint walk and silent musings. Other than just spend some quality peaceful time with your loved one the island serves a great place for a hike.
Sound & Light show
Sound & Light show narrating the history can be seen on all days except Wednesday at 5.30 pm. Tickets (comprising of tickets for the boat, show as well as entry to Ross Island) are available on first come first serve basis from the reception counter of Directorate of Tourism from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on the same day.
Best time to visit March-May