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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Ross Island, One of the Historic Places of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Ross Island is one of the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, which is located at a distance of just 2 km from Port Blair, the capital city of the region. Before, the island was the administrative headquarters of the region, until the earthquake of 1941,
which badly hampered the flourishing infrastructure of the island. Until 1941, the island was regarded as the capital of Andaman Islands from the year 1858. The Japanese had had built war installations in the year 1941, of which the remnants can still be witnessed. The island has been now left deserted and one can witness few signs of colonial glory, such as the Chief Commissioner’s house and the Presbyterian Church. These structures are decrepit and dense bushes have overgrown at these places along with other erstwhile colonial structures.

Now, the Ross Island is under the control of Indian Navy and every visitor requires signing in before entering the island.
Ross Island is one of the well known destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In fact, it is a must visit place while on a tour to the cluster of islands. Located at a short distance from the present day capital, Port Blair, the island holds a significant place in the history of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This place depicts the affluent life of generals and superintendents of the British army. The island still houses structures depicting the place’s rich history during the colonial era. Here, you will find structures like Chief Commissioner’s house, church, hospital, bakery, swimming pool, ballroom, tennis courts, officer messes etc. All of these buildings are in ruins but they still reveal the British lifestyle.
The island holds a graveyard and a small museum called Smritika, which exhibits a collection of primeval records of the island. The Presbyterian Church, one of the striking structures of the island is now in the stage of ruins and it represents the fine colonial architecture of the early period. There is small shop within the premises of the island from where the visitors can buy some snacks, drinks and other stuffs as per their requirements.
Ross Island is quite a small island and there is no local transportation available on this place which will take you around the island. One can explore the island on foot as it takes just a couple of hours to roam around the island.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the Ross Island is during the months of October to March.
Time to visit
The island is open for the tourists on all days of a week, except on Wednesday.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Ross Island is Vir Savakar Airport in Port Blair. The airport includes connecting flights to cities like Kolkata and Chennai.
By Water: One can take a ferry ride from Marine Park in Port Blair. Regular ferry services are available from 7 am to 3 pm from Port Blair and it is better to take a ferry early in the morning and return back till afternoon. These ferry rides will generally charge you around Rs 100 per head for a trip.


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