Ross Island, also known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, is a small island located near Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Ross Island holds great historical significance as it served as the administrative headquarters of the British during their rule in the Andaman Islands from 1858 until 1942. It was named after Captain Daniel Ross, who visited the island in 1788. The island features several remnants of British colonial architecture, including old buildings, churches, a ballroom, a hospital, and an officers' club. Many of these structures are now in ruins due to the impact of time and the 1941 earthquake.
Ross Island houses two museums: the Ross Island Museum and the Smritika Museum. The Ross Island Museum provides insights into the history and colonial past of the island, while the Smritika Museum showcases photographs and memorabilia related to the island's history. Ross Island is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and pristine beaches. The lush greenery and exotic flora add to its charm. Visitors can enjoy scenic views, take nature walks, and relax in the peaceful environment.
Ross Island offers a captivating light and sound show in the evenings, which narrates the island's history and brings its past to life. It provides a unique and immersive experience for visitors. Ross Island is accessible via a short boat ride from Port Blair. Regular ferry services are available to transport tourists to and from the island. The journey takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on weather conditions. Ross Island is home to a variety of bird species, including peacocks, parakeets, and sea eagles. Visitors may also spot deer and rabbits roaming freely on the island.