Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1 day, usually clubbed with North Bay Island full-day tour.
Also Known as : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
Named after : Captain Daniel Ross, a British marine surveyor
District : South Andaman District, Port Blair
Located just 2 kilometres east of Port Blair is Ross Island (now known as Netaji Subhash Bose Island); an island which was once the administrative headquarters of the British, but today is only an uninhabited island. Following an earthquake that hit Ross Island in the year 1941, the British left the island and shifted their settlement to Port Blair.
At first sight of the island, it is tough to believe that this abandoned place was once the seat of British power and housed everything from a bazaar, a church, stores, bakery, a water treatment plant, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and other vital institutions.
Today, everything has disappeared except a few buildings, which housed some of these landmarks. The Indian Navy has managed to rebuild some old buildings, such as the local stores and the bakery, to provide the visitors with a feel of the bygone era. Souvenirs can also be purchased from these shops.
How To Reach Ross Island : To get to Ross Island, you will have to take a ferry from the Water Sports Complex or Aberdeen Jetty. The trip to the island from there is a fifteen-minute ride.
Cost of Boat: INR 150- INR 500 based on seat and size. (get the return ticket as well as there is no stay at the island)
Time Taken: Less than 15 mins
Booking: Directorate of Shipping Services office
Requirements: Passport of non-Indians and ID proof for Indians
Tips For Visiting Ross Island : 1. Usually, people visit the island for only two to three hours. Ideally, a full day trip to the island is more enjoyable and worthy.
2. In case you wish to enjoy the Light and Sound Show on the island, you will have to take the 4:00 PM boat ride to the island, or a ride before that, to reach in time.
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