Ross Island

Ross Island, the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island standing as guard to Port Blair harbour. The island presently houses the ruins of old buildings like Ballroom, Chief Commissioner’s House, Govt. House, Church, Hospital, Bakery, Press, Swimming Pool and Troop Barracks, all in dilapidated condition, reminiscent of the old British regime.

The island with historical background and preferable ruins is spread along an area of 0.6 sq. kms. With the ruins and also with the historical background, the Island has gained a lot of popularity among the tourists.Ross island is open for the tourists to visit during day time as the boat services are available from the Phoenix Bay jetty at 8.30 AM, 10.30 AM, and 12.30 PM. Navy has established a museum on the Island Known as ‘Smritika’ depicting the history of the Island.

Ross Island General Information

  • Area: 113.93 km2
  • Population: 3, 43,125
  • Geo Location: 11.6755o N 92.7626O E
  • Average Climate: 21o C-31o C
  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • STD Code: 03192

How to Get There

One of the frequently visited islands near Port Blair is Ross Island. The Ross Island in earlier times was renowned as the headquarters of the British Colony in Andaman and Nicobar. In today’s time the island is under the control of Indian Navy and is home to ruins of a church and a small museum, Smritika, representing British way of life. The island attracts tourist in great numbers.

Ross Island offers you with the splendid view of open sea where you can sit for hours and feel the cool breeze. It is one of the ideal places where you can relax and enjoy the good time.

Located 2km east of Port Blair, you can reach Ross Island by all modes of transportation. Port Blair is well-connected to all major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. Further, you can travel by private ferries or take a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

By Air

The nearest airport is Veer Savarkar International airport, 5km away from the centre of Port Blair. There are inter-island helicopter services available to travel to different islands.

By Sea

One of the best modes to reach Ross Island is by ferry. One can hire private ferries or take a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty.

By road

There are number of buses connecting Port Blair to other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. Tourists can take bus from Port Blair to Aberdeen Jetty and then a ferry ride to reach Ross Island.

Best time to visit Ross Island

Seasons Months Temperature
Summers March to May 20°c - 36°c
Monsoon May to June 20°c - 30°c
Summers January to March 15°c - 22°c

Place to visit

All the ruins speak much about the old British regime. These ruins at Ross Island make every visitor flip back the pages of the bygone era. It is not just about the tourist attractions in Ross Island. There are a number of islands adjoining it that are worth-visiting such as Smith Island, Barren Island and Neil Island. This is why, the place is a favorite spot for nature lovers and history buffs.

The entire island is controlled by the Indian Navy. Do pay a visit to Smritika Museum, which is managed by the Indian Navy. The museum displays a collection of old records. Other attractions of the island include Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Forest Museum. Ross Island is easily accessible via boat services which operate between Port Blair and the Island.

Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park

The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park at Wandoor is at a distance of 29 Kms. from Port Blair covering an area of 281.5 Sq.Kms. This Marine Park made-up of open sea, creeks and 15 small and large islands, is one of the best found anywhere in the world. Viewing of rare corals and underwater marine life through glass bottom boats, SCUBA diving and Snorkelling are a lifetime experience for anyone.