Ross Island (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island) boat ticket
Ross Island, a few miles from Port Blair, was previously a British administrative center before an earthquake shook the island in 1941. The British eventually abandoned the island, settling in Port Blair, and the island has never fully recovered from the disrepair and neglect that had set in. Nature gradually but steadily took its toll, as banyan trees overtook the buildings, eventually displacing the man-made structures. This island evokes nostalgia and transports you to a time when it served as a British administrative center. Some of the historic buildings, such as the bakery and local stores, have been repaired by the Indian Navy, and souvenirs can be purchased there.
How Do You Get To Ross Island?
Ross Island is one of Port Blair's closest islands, and it's only a short boat journey away from the Jetty (inside the water sports complex).
Renting a cab will get you to the jetty.
From the east shore of Port Blair, this island is seen.
About Ross Island
Port Blair, India's Andaman Islets, is home to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island. The British Administrator of the penal colony in Port Blair was also based on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island. The Japanese turned the location into a POW camp in 1941 and built war installations that may still be seen today. The few relics of its colonial splendor, such as the Chief Commissioners' residence and the Presbyterian church, are now dilapidated and overgrown. The Indian Navy has taken control of the area.
The Presbyterian Church on Ross Island was a protestant church composed of stone with Burma teak window frames. Beautifully etched stained glass from Italy was used for the glass panes behind the altar. The wood was of such high quality that it was able to withstand the elements for nearly a century. The parsonage was established in a tiny house to the south of the church.
Ross Island had a fantastic bakery that served out some of the best confectioneries available at the time. The bakery was a finely designed facility with all of the modern amenities of the day, including a self-contained cookhouse, modeled on 19th century British architecture.