Named after Captain Daniel Ross, the Ross Island was now renamed as the "Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep '' by prime minister Narendra Modi in 2018. It is a remote destination that comes under the South Andaman district, Port Blair, and is barely 5 Kms from the Water Sports Complex, making it one of the easiest inter-island to visit during your trip to Andamans. Although most of the attractions in Andaman are famous for beaches and, North Bay and Ross Island brings a bit of history to the table that makes your vacation complete. This Island was first occupied in 1782, and a sanatorium was built there, and then again in 1857 by the British, who used it as an Administrative Headquarters for 85 years. During this time, the British made a lot of important government offices on this penal settlement, which was later abandoned after an earthquake in 1941.
The ruins of these old buildings made by Indian prisoners are present at Ross Island in Andaman, textured by thick roots of peepal and serie trees that take us back to an era long gone yet still remembered. Magnificent man-caves, the old Church, and the grim history associated with this place give out a unique vibe that can't be found anywhere else in Andaman and Nicobar. The whole experience is even more mesmerizing with it's protected forest, which is a sanctuary of a variety of birds and animals, including peacocks and deer, that present a fantastic experience for people who love to walk around and enjoy their time in the lap of nature under the shade of tall tropical trees. The unique thing about the Island is that civilian settlements of any kind are prohibited by the administration, which means there is no place to stay at night here. Therefore everyone must leave the Island before dawn. Andaman Ross Island is a beautiful destination to visit when in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This is a lovely place to tour if you want to make a day out of it by traversing for hours amidst its historical importance.
Ross Island was the British colony's headquarters, and today it houses its ruins of the buildings that were built during the British time. The Island's century-old trees have captured few important landmarks by its wild vines, roots, and trunks like the Officers Quarters and rundown Church of the British times. Some must-visit attractions in the Ross Island tour package are the Chief Commissioner's house, the Cathedral, and the Britishers' Graveyard. Today, if you visit the Island you will see the state of the art light and sound show commissioned by the tourism department to keep alive the past's vibes. However, when on Ross Island, you are bound to get a great panoramic view of the nearby Island and get a chance to see several animals like peacocks, deers, and ducks amidst the cool breeze and the fantastic view of the sea.
The Old Ruins is One of the best things about visiting Ross Island is the history associated with it. The Island has an avid collection of some of the oldest British and Japanese structures in India that show Britishers' luxurious life after they occupied Andaman. All operations in the isles, including the construction of Cellular Jail, were overseen from this Island, which also served as the old Chief Commissioner's residence.
Chief Commissioner's residence
Long strips of luxury gardens
Water treatment plants
and much, much more
Indulging in these remnants of our unforgettable past takes us back to the penal settlement age and reminds us of our struggle for freedom.
The light and sound show at Ross takes us back to the past and showcases how everything was planned and constructed in the islands. The complete show primarily focuses on the penal settlement period, which shows how Britishers came to Andaman and mainly focused on building and setting the administration to rule the isles. The show also focuses on the luxurious lifestyle of the Chief Commander and his family and the hardships they face inmate Indian workers who build the jail, only to be thrown in its cell later on. If you'd like to add a pinch of history to your trip, we recommend attending the show.
The sanctuary is located in the middle of the Island and is filled with deer and peacocks, protected under the Andaman administration. These animals are taken care of daily by a caretaker appointed by the government, and therefore the population of deer and peacocks in the islands is the highest at Ross. All animals live inside a reserved area filled with large tropical trees, including coconuts and palms, and can come out of the reserve to play around with people. Feeding or harming animals in any way is strictly prohibited here. Overall a great place to be if you like animals and would love to have a close encounter with them.
The man-caves are uniquely interwoven man-caves built around Ross to help the essential British officers escape during an attack. Now when the caves have run out of their purpose, they are abandoned and showcase the skills, effort, and hardships faced by Indian workers to make them. The caves follow several joint paths that connect important offices and constructions throughout the Island and present a very mysterious vibe to the explorer who gives them a go. Before visiting them, it's always recommended to have a guide with you to ensure safety and swift return so that no complications arrive later on.
The pond is exactly what it's called. It's a large pond where the water accumulates and stays for long periods, which has made it turn green in color. A few small ruins near the pond were used by the British a long time ago. The place is surrounded by tall trees from all sides and has a cozy little place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. You can easily reach here by following the signs in less than 15 minutes of walking.
Several huts and small sheds are built throughout this Island where one can take a break from the tour and catch a breath surrounded by the shade of tall trees and shrubs. The Island is also home to a wide variety of bird species who chirp and play around the visitor and present a wonderful ambiance. What better place could you find to relax and have lunch?
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