The Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride from Phoenix Bay Jetty. The island is controlled by the Indian navy, which requires every visitor to sign in on entering. The small island with its treasure of ruins in it became the hot tourists spot in the territory. People desire to know more and more about Ross Island. This Island the erstwhile capital of Port Blair during the British regime, is a tiny island situated few Kilometers away from Port Blair city. 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. Ever since Dr. James Pattison Walker arrived in Port Blair aboard the East India Company’s steam frigate ‘Senuramis’ on 10 March 1858, this island remained under British occupation till 1942. From 1942 to 1945, the island was under the occupation of Japan. However, the allies reoccupied the island in 1945 and later abandoned it. During British occupation, this island was the seat of power of the British. Ross Island, which is accessible from Phoenix Bay Jetty through a boat ride, is situated at the entry region of Port Blair harbor. Ross Islands, once the administrative head quarters of British Colonial Rulers, still bears the ruins of a Church and cemetery. It was during the British rule that the island was developed to a perfect township. The island is reminiscent of its old British regime. Ross Island encloses an attractive swimming pool, a cute museum Smritika established by Indian Navy and Chief Commissioner’s residential building. The island with historical background and preservable 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.
Timings: Timing to visit this place is from 8:30 in the morning to 16:30. [Note: Closed on Wednesday.] Ticket Details:(a) Entry Ticket: Rs.20/- per person. (b) Child: Below 5 years no Charge and between 5 to 12 years is Rs. 10/ (c) Ferry Ticket: Rs.75/- per person. Video Camera: Rs. 50/- Still Camera : Rs. 10/- How to Reach: Reach Aberdeen Jetty from Port Blair by road. Then take a Ferry ride (10 mins) to reach Ross island. Ferries are available from Aberdden Jetty at 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30 hours