Best time to visitJanuary to May and then from October to December.
Open hoursAll days of the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Things to doVisit the machine gun nests here.
BudgetContact a tour operator today and get to know how much one has to pay for hotel and other associated charges
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank3 out of 36 attractions in Port Blair
Just 15 minutes away from the capital of Port Blair, Ross Island used to be the capital and served as the same from 1858 to 1941 until it was hit by a massive earthquake and attacked by the Japanese. It stands today are an important tourist destination in the archipelago and some attractions are the ruins of the Chief Commissioners house and the church. There are a number of machine gun nests that have been left behind by the Japanese who took over the island during World War II.
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Reviews of Ross Island • 39
PORT BLAIR - NORTH BAY (CORAL ISLAND) - ROSS ISLAND Now after breakfast embark on a day three island rail. Among the most popular activities. It insures a panorama of seven countries which have the North Bay and Ross island. It leaves a lasting impression. Ross Island. Was the headquarters of the British. This island is currently under the Navy. You might even see museum called Smritika, it retains photos as well as another antiques from the Britishers related to those islands. The island is famed for favorable flocks of Deer and lush green walking paths.
I tried to act smart by booking those app based cabs (Uber, Ola) but there was no network coverage and even if there would be there were no such services available. Finally , after this little confusion , we took a prepaid taxi and checked into our hotel . We all got refreshed and took ourselves to the streets of the Port Blair to look for explorative places. As we inquired from local people, we found out about Ross Island. We took a ferry and reached the island.
A light and sound show is conducted at the Ross Island at 5:15pm. It showcases the history of the island and what part it played in the freedom struggle of India. The show will definitely bring out the patriot in you. With a view like this everything only gets better and better. The best time to visit Ross Island is in the evening. The right time to Leave from PortBlair will be by the 4:00pm ferry or before so that you can reach on time for the light and sound show and enjoy the panoramic view of the sunset.
The best way to enjoy the Ross Island is to go for a walk around the island. The island is covered with century old trees and if you get lucky you might even get a chance to see Deers, Peacocks and ducks admist the cool breeze and the amazing view of the sea. Nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts can set out for a hike around the island and enjoy the beautiful floral and faunal species on the island.
Ross Islands which is part of the Andaman and Nicobar islands is located 3kms on the east of PortBlair. It’s is a Fifteen minute ferry ride from the PortBlair water sports complex. It is a place of historical importance and has many intriguing stories. It used be the Administrative headquarters of the British colony. A major part of the island was destroyed in the 1941 earthquake. The authorities have managed to recover some famous buildings such as the Farzan Ali bakery and is now maintained as a Museum. Civil settlement is not allowed by the authorities now.
The Ross island is situated 3 km east from downtown Port Blair. The historic ruins are a tourist attraction. One can go there in the afternoon and can stay back till evening for the light and sound show.Rabbit, Deer, peacock are most commonly seen there.
Ross Island:: the then capital of Andaman And Nicobar islands during British period from 1858 to 1942 and 1945 to 1947. During 1942 to 1945, the island was under to grip of Japanese. This island is now under Indian Navy. This is just 20 minutes sea journey from Phoenix bay jetty of Port Blair. Cruises and port charters are available very frequently from Phoenix bay jetty/Aberdeen jetty to Ross island. People can also reach Ross island after visiting North bay coral island. The usual trip will be to travel towards Viper island from Phoenix bay jetty/Aberdeen jetty and from Viper to North bay and then to Ross island. This is a one day package trip.Tickets can be booked from the marina park itself.In Ross island people can see the ruins of buildings built during British period. Ruins of Church, Printing press, Government offices, Power house, Tennis court, Bakery, pond etc... can be seen. . A graveyard of Britishers surrounded by coconut palm trees is also available here. People can also visit the beaches located at the other side of the island by walk. Fearless deers and peacocks are found in the island. The island is full of coconut and palm trees. There are so many places in the island for the visitors to sit and relax.On the backside of the island,there is a statue of ' The Lone Sailor- Silent Sentinel of Sea in Eternal Vigil' which must not be missed.Recently a light and sound show is being organized at Ross Island which tells the saga of the islands and its inhabitants in a very creative manner. The tickets of the light and sound show cost Rs 100 only, but advance booking is required due to limited availability.(visit https://www.andamantourism.gov.in/etourist/)
Our last stop for the day and for the trip was Ross Island with quite a lot of history from the British Raj and the Japanese invasion of the Island during the WWII. The Island is under the purview of the Indian Navy. One of the top attractions at the island is you being able to walk side by side a group of deer. Like literally, you can touch them, have your own ‘Selfie with Bambi’ moment. Ross Island also holds a light and sound show in the evening.We returned our hotel in the evening, took a stroll on the road later and found an amazing ice cream parlor, Milky Way. And not just the ice creams, they serve delicious pancakes and burritos as well. Don’t forget to try them if you stay in that area.Later that night, we toasted to our trip to the truly untouched paradise. We made another entry to the diary of life experiences.
A short ride in a steamer of about 30 minutes will take you to this place, which is also popularly known as HISTORY ISLAND by the locals. Indeed this place is a gold mine for history buffs, as it is a reminiscent of the Colonial British era.Right when you set foot on the island you get to see the Japanese bunker, which had been installed by the Japanese army in the pre-independence era, when ANDAMAN islands were not a part of the Indian Subcontinent . Then as you go about the island , you will find many old and dilapidated buildings of the British era , for ex:- a royal clubhouse , an old church, a cannon launching machine etc. But don’t be disappointed if history doesn’t interest you, because you still get to spend some time with the deers and the peacocks, on this island , and that too not in a cage. Well if you are lucky enough then you can even feed the animals, as you can get up close with them. You can also admire the scenic beauty and get to notice an old light house on the opposite side of the island across the sea.
Day 6: Return Back to port Blair from Havelock Island.( ADVANCE RESERVATION FOR THE GOVT SHIP/PRIVATE MAKRUZZ REQUIRED. YOU CAN BOOK THE TICKETS ONLINE FOR PRIVATE SHIP). BAck to Port Blair and we planned to go to ROSS ISLAND from Rajiv Gandhi Marine Park.We enjoyed the evening light and sound show in ROSS ISLAND.(Adavnce tickets required ask your taxi driver)
Visit this island only if you intend to glance the half destroyed structures from the British era or if you intend to click haunted photographs.You need to pay 30₹ as island maintenance fee before you step in.This island can either be explored by foot or you can hop onto a battery operated car (70₹).I would recommend you to take a walk because there is nothing much to explore so deep into the island unless you’re very much interested in history.While you decide to step into this island, Do try the malai kulfi here. (30₹)
On day two, I went to a Museum Tour in the morning for understanding about the History of Tribal and to know about the Aquatic Life present there. After that took a ferry from form Port Blair to Ross Island. Its was a Colonial capital of British Era you can see damaged soldiers offices, Japanese bunkers, a cemetery, Church, Damage building it looks haunted . All buildings are destroyed due to earthquakes and tsunamis. However its a beautiful island for an hours walk just to get some history and to see deer, peacocks and to drink coconut water. At night I went Cellular Jail, it was the place where prisoners were kept by Britishers. The Jail, now a place of pilgrimage for all freedom loving people, has been declared a National Memorial. You can experience the Light and Sound show to know about the History of Kala Pani.
On day one,we saw the local sight seeing in Port Blair and that evening we headed to Ross Island.
Ross Island is a 30 minutes boat ride from Port Blair and the moment you reach there, you are greeted by deer and peacocks which instantly lift your spirit. The island has a historic significance as it was the British capital of Port Blair and the British made some extraordinary buildings! Sadly, earthquakes and tsunamis have destroyed most of it but one can still find remnants of an Anglican Church ,printing press, hospital, tennis court, a club, among other things. It is surrounded by natural beauty which is definitely a treat to the eyes! You can also hire electric cars to get a proper view of the island. The place is beautiful and it reminded me of its glorious past, to a very great extent! You can spend a good 1-2 hours on the island and return in the same boat thereafter. Moreover, you can also experience a beautiful light and sound show if you go in the evening!
3.) EMBRACE THE BEAUTY OF ROSS ISLAND - Portblair
Located a short distance away is Ross Island. Known as the Paris of the East, Ross was once an exclusive preserve from where the British governed the entire Andaman & Nicobar Islands prior to India’s independence. It also served as the residence of the Chief Commissioner during the British Raj as well as the administrative headquarters of the settlement during those times. The entire township was modeled on a Scottish village that existed here, including a swimming pool, tennis court, printing press, hospital, church, cemetery and community hall.
Mode of transport: Boat
Our first stop for the day was Ross Island ,which used to be the settlement of the British officers in Andamans. The remnants of an opulent past can be seen in the ruins of the bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery, swimming pool, the Chief Commissioner’s residence with its huge gardens and state grand ballrooms, the Government House, the old Andamanese Home,Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition because of an earthquake in 1941, reminiscent of the old British regime.You can spot several deers here who would readily pose for photographs!!!
Ross island has got multiple historical importance and has saved port Blair in 2004 from the tsunami. This place is a 2 hour trip from port Blair (including the ferry time of 10 mins one way).We also went to the north bay island. This island has got a light house which was closed around 2 years ago. There are also 3 options for glass boat ride at this island.
Ross island is a very small island that offers beautiful views around. You can see british museum, church and mansion here that will definitely make you feel nostalgic.
Day 2: Our plan changed a bit due to the gov ship to go to Havelock being cancelled. So, we went to Ross Island(not to be confused with Ross n Smith Island). It was about 15min from Port Blair by a boat. Ross Island is a really small island, about 3km in length. You can see the ruins left, which was once a really popular island for the British. There was a small beach which was mostly covered in rocks, but it was so nice! We were the only people there, and the water was so clear, one can see everything.
Scout Ross Island and marvel at its beautiful Victorian English ruins. Home to beautiful Victorian English ruins and beaches, Ross Island used to be the administrative headquarters for the British. The island is a just half-day trip from Port Blair and has lots to explore.A trip to Ross Island requires you to take on a ferry ride from the Andamans Sports Complex that finishes at the Ross Island bay. It will take you about 15-20 minutes to reach and you can spend half a day at Ross Island. The ferry fare will cost you roughly about Rs 75, and you can only visit this island from 8.30 am till 4.30 pm.