Few miles from Port Blair is the Ross Island, once an administrative headquarter for the Britishers, before an earthquake rocked the Island in 1941. The British then left the island and took settlement at Port Blair, since then the Island could never recover from the decay and neglect which had set in. Slowly but steadily the nature took its toll, as banyan trees engulfed the buildings thus replacing the structures created by man. This island makes you nostalgic and takes you back in time when this was an administrative settlement for the Britishers. The Indian Navy has rebuilt some of the old buildings like the bakery and the local stores, from where souvenirs are available.
Ross Island Boat Tickets
HOW TO REACH ROSS ISLAND?
By taking a speed boat ferry ride from Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex, Port Blair. You can easily reach the island and witness all its splendor and grandeur.
TOURIST ATTRACTION AT ROSS ISLAND
Ross island presents the ideal opportunity for a tourist to take home beautiful memories of his/her visit to Andaman. Steeped in history, it reflects the British era very precisely and thus has become a great crowd puller. The barren island is known for its exceptional scenic beauty also boasts of museum and sanctuary. The sanctuary is endowed with diverse fauna and an assortment of natural beauty. Some of the major tourist attractions and must visit locales include:
- The State Ballroom
- The Chief Commissioner’s House
- The Old Andamanese House and
- The Government House
- Long strips of luxury gardens
- Swimming pool
- Grand ballrooms
- Tennis court
- Water treatment plants
- Printing press
- and much much more
Location: Ross Island, short 15mins boat ride from Port Blair Aberdeen Jetty/ Water Sports Complex.
Cost: Entry cost is Rs 50 for adults (above 9 years) and Rs 25 for children. The show costs Rs 25 for children and Rs 100 for adults. The boat cost is Rs 100 for all.
Timing: Ticket counter (at Port Blair) is open from 8.30 AM to 3 PM. The first ferry to ply at 4 PM. Light and sound show begins at 5.30 PM. Tickets need to be bought three days in advance and you need to produce photo ids at the time of purchase.
The Ross Island remains closed on Wednesday.
Where to Eat :
There is a small cafeteria and restaurant on Ross Island that serves both tourists and defense personnel. Prices are slightly higher than in Port Blair as goods are transported there by boat. The restaurant offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian options with a decent menu, but don’t expect too many dishes.
There are also a number of small vendors who offer calming coconut water near the pier so that you can calm down on the island and get some snacks when you arrive at the water sports complex on your trip. back.
There is an RO water purifier near the pier, if you need to refill your water bottle.