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Ross Island

Information about Ross Island

Location: Bay of Bengal

Area: 0.312 km2

Official Languages: Hindi, English

Altitude: 52 ft. above sea level

Best Time to Visit: January - March

Famous For: Beach, Wildlife, Historical

Entry Ticket Fee Details:

  • Adult: Rs.20/- per person
  • Child Below 5 to 12 years: Rs. 10
  • Ferry Ticket: Rs.75/- per person.
  • Video Camera: Rs. 50/- Still Camera: Rs. 10

Ferry Timing Details: Ferry boat operates from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Every Day, Except Wednesday

Sound & Light Show Entry Fee: Adult: Rs.100/- per head, Child: Rs.25/- per head

Sound & Light Show Timing: The show starts at 5:15 PM on all days of the week except Wednesdays and public holidays.

Ross Island Timings: Timing to visit this place is from 8:30 in the morning to 04:30 in the evening.

[Note: Closed on Wednesday.]

About Ross Island

Ross Island, officially called Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, is an island of the Andaman Islands. It comes from the South Andaman administrative area, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Ross Island was named after aquatic surveyor, Daniel Ross. In December 2018, it was renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island as a tribute to Subhas Chandra Bose.

Ross Island - Paris of the East

Ross Island is a small island situated 3 km east of the city Port Blair's coastline which was an administrative headquarters and also the settlement of British officers in the colonial era. When the seat of British power, Ross Island now boasts of breathtaking damages and also an interesting journey to the past. Named after the British marine surveyor Daniel Ross, Ross Island used to be the head office of the Indian Penal Settlement for near a century. The British brought with them all modern-day amenities and enhanced the island with attractive buildings and also government institutions, giving it the nickname of 'Paris of the East'.

Today, Ross Island is preserved by the Indian Navy. Along with the ruins, you can see a little yet well-maintained museum, a lot of peacocks, deer, as well as various other birds and the recently established sound and light show. The Indian Navy has actually taken care of to rebuild some old buildings, such as the local stores as well as the bakery shop, to give the visitors a feeling of the past period. Souvenirs can also be purchased from these shops. This Island has a spectacular unraveled historic charm. This location has full of beauty, the animals located on the Island are quite friendly, and tourists might provide food to these animals. The weather condition of Island is fairly mesmerizing. Inaugurated on 8th December 2014, the program brings to life the past of the islands in the words of Gulzar. You can capture the screening every evening (except on Wednesday) in Hindi.

Nearby Attractions of Ross Island
  • Ross Island Penal Colony
  • British Colony Ruins
  • Japanese bunkers
  • Barren Island
  • Forest Department Museum
Best Time to Visit Ross Island

Ross Island is best visited during monsoon or winter season. However, heavy precipitation can be experienced during monsoon. The period spanning from mid-January to March is probably the very best time to check out Ross Island. The days mostly continue to be warm and the calm sea is perfect for any kind of underwater activities. Alternatively, you can also prepare your visit during April to May, but be sure to carry sunscreen, umbrellas and also caps which are the basic important to deal up with the hot and humid climate.

How to Reach Ross Island

The nearby airport terminal to Ross Island is the Vir Savarkar Airport at Port Blair, which is just a 3 -kilometers ride from the Ross Island. To reach the Ross Island, you will have to take a ferry from the Water Sports Complex. The trip to the island from there is a fifteen-minute trip.