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. Ross island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Govt. House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime. Ever since Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair aboard the East India Company’s steam frigate ‘Senuramis’ on 10th March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japanese. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it.
|Ross Island Port Blair|
The island with historical background and preservable ruins is spread along an area of 0.6 sq. kms. With the ruins and also with the historical background, the Island has gained a lot of popularity among the tourists. Ross island is open for the tourists to visit during day time as the boat services are available from the Phoenix Bay jetty at 8.30 AM, 10.30 AM, and 12.30 PM. Navy has established a museum on the Island Known as ‘Smritika’ depicting the history of the Island.
Entry Fee: Rs 20/-
How To Get There Ross Island
BY AIR: Port Bair, is connected with Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bhubaneshwar by air. Air India, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Go Air & Spice Jet Airlines operate regular flights. Foreign chartered flights are also permitted to land at Port Blair subject to the fulfillment of guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
BY SHIP: Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam and back. There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is only one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 50 to 60 hours and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days. For ship tickets and schedule, contact:
Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road, Kolkata – 700 001
Fax: (033) 24822035, 24820377
The Asst. Director of Shipping Services
A&N Administration, 6, RajajiSalai
Chennai – 600 001 Ph: 044-25220841
The Directorate of Shipping Service.
Andaman and Nicobar Administration
Phoenix Bay Jetty
Port Blair. Ph: 03192-245555 / 230480
M/s. AV Bhanojirowgaruda
(SCI ticketing agent) Pattabhiramayya& Co.
Near Port Main Gate, Post Box No: 17, Vizag
Ph: 0891-2565597, Fax: 0891-2566507