Ross Island, Port Blair

Ross Island

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About Ross Island

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Ross Island, located about 2 km from Port Blair, is a popular tourist spot with remnants of the Victorian British era. Some of the remains of British era that can be seen in the island include old buildings like the chief commissioners house, Presbyterian Church, state ball room, an old Andamanese home bakery, swimming pool and a hospital. A museum in Ross Island, maintained by Indian Navy, has a collection of pictures depicting the island in its full glory.
A documentary about Ross Island is shown at the bakery from 9.30 am to 9.45 am and from 11.30 am to 11.45 am. Bunkers and tunnels made by Japanese soldiers during World War can also be found on the Island.
Currently, the entire island is being maintained by Indian Navy. The Island is open for visitors from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on all days except Wednesday. An entry fee of INR 20 is collected.
Ross Island is an ideal place for those who want to learn about the history of British occupied India and their activities in this region.
Ferries are available from the main island on a regular basis.
Viper Island is another island worth visiting and located nearby.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  2-3hrs
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Ankita Kumar

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  • Ankita Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  786 helpful votes
  •  1450 readers
  • Posted Aug 31, 2015
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Manpreet taneja

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  • Manpreet taneja
  • 7 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  700 readers

"Beautiful nature sceneries"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This tranquil island is Britishers capital before independence.
Beach is clean and very beautiful.
Best time to visit is during the month of November or December.
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Smriti Das

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  • Smriti Das
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  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 692 photos
  • 146 Reviews
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"A historical island near Port Blair"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2017
Ross Island is another beautiful & historical island near Port Blair. It is located just a kilometre far from Port Blair city. 26. 12. 2016, at 8. 45 am after having breakfast we're ready to move to Ross Island but 26. 2004 as the Tsunami triggered, the people of Andaman offer homage on this day in each year. Homage time was from 10 am to 11 am, so the cruse did not move at that time. After waiting half an hour we moved towards Ross island by boat. Ross Island was the former capital of Port Blair during the British regime. It had every thing at that period such as bakery, stores, bazar, workshop, water distillation plant, church, tennis court, printing press, hospital, secretariat, open air theatre etc. But today nothing is there. Every thing has disappeared. A few building structures left which housed some of these landmarks. Now a days it is maintained like a museum.
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Sethu lakshmi narayanan

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  • Sethu lakshmi narayanan
  • 5 Reviews
  •  608 readers

"Amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2016
Awesome place to spend time
Superb island. Lot of deer peacock and rabbit also there is chruch inside. Good beach.
We went through a ferry as we went only by 1. 30pm. Understand there is no ferry after 2 pm.
Govt ferry charge only 100. We took speed boat which they charged for Ross Island and north bay for 2500. Understand if you need use the govt ferry which charges 550 per person. Being 4 of us almost it worked the same. But better to do in the morning as we were rushing in Ross Island.
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Padmanaban ramasamy

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  • Padmanaban ramasamy
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Japanese place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 30, 2016
This was occupied by Japanese. From Aberdeen Jetty have 10 minutes boat ride to Ross island. Previously administration was there. Still the damaged buildings is there. Deer and peacocks are there.
Back side one beach is available.
Boat will give time in ticket itself, so you have to return in that time. The time is around an 1. 5 hours.
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Arnav Mathur

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  • Arnav Mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 179 photos
  • 75 Reviews
  •  77 helpful votes
  •  173733 readers

"A colonial Island"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2016
Ross Island was a British administrative base at one point of time. The whole island has no beach but old British building ruins and a good garden where one can enjoy a long walk. Currently it is under control of the Indian Navy which has a office structure and some guestrooms there.
The perfect outing includes getting packed lunch and enjoying it in the lush green lawns and thereafter taking a long stroll and interacting with the deer and occasionally feeding them as well.
The island can be reached by ferrys which ply from Port Blair to Ross and the tickets have to be precooked.
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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"Capital of Andaman"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2016
Ross island was first capital of Andaman. It is a beautiful small island now Owned by Indian navy. Can see here old buildings and nice sea beach. Can go by boat from Rajiv Gandhi water sports complex.
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Sudhish

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  • Sudhish
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  774 readers

"Of Peacoks, Deers and Ruins"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jun 9, 2016
Nothing much to see around except for peacocks, deer and ruins of old barracks. There are better islands and this can definitely be skipped in your itinerary.
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Sumit Sinha

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  • Sumit Sinha
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 32 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Old capital of Andaman"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
It is a story of our freedom struggle and broken buildings of British era. This island was once upon a time of British colony and capital of Andaman but during earthquake they have shifted to Port Blair. One can visit the island by a short boat ride from Port Blair. You can see the broken buildings of British era. There are lot of peacocks and deers roaming freely. Main attraction is in the evening are light and sound. It is far better than light and sound of Cellular Jail. You can take golf cart to visit the island and they charge Rs. 100/ person.
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Dhanesh Kumar

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  • Dhanesh Kumar
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 5 photos
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  •  34015 readers

"An Island with Naval importance"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
Ross Island is nearest Island. It is of naval importance and have the remains of ancient naval buildings. The ferry service is available from Port Blair and a must watch place. In case of the rough sea the ferry service will be suspended so it is advisable to have the visit on the very first day.
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Natarajan thulasidas

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"Carry your memories by visiting Rose Island"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2016
The most striking memories that one can carry with him/her are by watching the light and sound. One need not go through all the writings displayed at various places but watching the light and sound. It shows how the British regime settled there and the Japanese invasion without any resistance from the British. It is painful to watch how the Indian prisoners/freedom fighters (about 68 prisoners), who tried to escape from Rose Island by boats were hanged/executed. Both the British regime and Japanese were alike in treating the Indians in the 18th and 19th century. Do not miss visiting Rose Island.
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