About Ross Island
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. The headquarters were then shifted to Port Blair. One can see remnants of an opulent past in the ruins of the church, swimming pool and the chief commissioner's residence with its huge gardens and grand ballrooms. There is also a cemetery and a small museum managed by the Indian Navy. The museum has on display a collection of old records.Ross Island can be reached by a short boat ride from Water Sports Complex. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering. The small island with its treasure of ruins in it became the hot tourists spot in the territory. People desire to know more and more about Ross Island. This Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island situated a few kilometers away from Port Blair city. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like the state Ballroom, the Chief Commissioner’s House, the Government House, Church, the old 'Andamanese Home' 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 10 March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japan. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. During British occupation, this island was the seat of power of the British.
Location of Ross Island
Just around 2 kilometers east of Port Blair is probably the most spectacular group of ruins one has ever come across. Ross Island has been a tourist favorite for years for being home to ruins from different Eras. Right from the occupation by the British to the Indian Freedom Struggle Ross Island features historical buildings for every appetite. The nearest airport to the Ross Island is the Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair, which is connected to Kolkata and Chennai. Andaman is well linked to Chennai and Kolkata by sea. Regular cruises are available from these ports to Port Blair and the journey takes close to 60 to 66 hours. The port of Visakhapatnam has cruises to Port Blair, once a month.