I am sure that by now you know my fascination with ghost towns. No matter where they are, what story they have or what their current state is, I am game for one. Ross Island in Andamans was no exception. My trip to Andamans would have been incomplete without a visit to this ghost town. And what a visit that was. Wandering through Ross Island made me feel like Lara Croft in those hidden tombs. The only thing that seemed missing was her equipment, especially the torch. Not that I needed one. It was more to get into the role ;-).
Ross Island, now renamed as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, has none of those eerie stories or melancholic ones. If anything, that Island reminds you of the Good Times that the British had in India. From its gorgeous herds of deer to the ruins covered by roots and the stories it left behind, there is plenty to see and discover here. The best part is that you can literally walk into those ruins of Ross Island without any restriction or direction. Kind of Do-it-Yourself, which makes the whole visit to Ross Island even more amazing. However, before I embark on my highlights of Ross Island, a quick introduction and history to the place.
- 1 History of Ross Island, Andamans
- 2 Fascinating Fauna on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
- 3 2) Officers’ quarters on Ross Island in Andamans
- 4 3) The Cemetery on Andaman Ross Island
- 5 4) The Pond on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
- 6 5) The Ross Islands Church
- 7 6) Chief Commissioner’s bungalow
- 8 7) The Club house on Ross Island Andamans
- 9 8) Water Treatment plant on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep
- 10 9) The Bakery & the Printing Press on Ross Island
- 11 10) Japanese Bunkers around the Island
- 12 11) Light & Sound Show on Ross Island
- 13 11) Other attractions of Ross Island
- 14 How to reach Ross Island from Port Blair?
- 15 Travel Tips
- 16 Booking Resources:
History of Ross Island, Andamans
It was only in 2018 that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi named this island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep. Before that, for centuries together, this isle was called Ross Island. It was called so when I visited and hence, you will find me using both the names interchangeably throughout the post.
The history of Ross Island starts with its local name Chong Ekee Bood until a British Maritime Surveyor – Sir Daniel Ross landed here. With that, the island got rechristened after the surveyor. Later, in 1789, Lieutenant H. Archibald Blair – another British surveyor came along and set up the first base of the British at Ross Island with a small sanatorium and hospital. Owing to its strategic geographical location, it became the British hold in the Andaman Seas. However, the real settlement or what they call the Penal settlement happened after the revolt of 1857.
Discover The Residency in Lucknow - an erstwhile British settlement that was severely affected by the 1857 revolt for Indian Independence. Discover what it was like and compare it to this journey through Ross Island.
Over 200 Indian revolutionaries were convicted and sent over to Andamans island on 10th March 1858. Two ships from Calcutta under the supervision of Dr. J.P. Walker – the prison superintendent carried them to Andamans Ross Island along with one Indian overseer, two doctors and 20 naval men. These prisoners were taken to task and under inhuman conditions, made to clear the dense jungles on the island. The chained prisoners built a mini township for the British before they were banished across to the Cellular Jail on Port Blair Isle.
For over 80 years, many families settled here and the entire island was transformed into a lively hub – almost akin to British town. Besides the officers’ houses, the British had also, established bakeries, stores, clubhouses, a church, cemetery, and more – in short, all that was required for a comfortable living. The Island was dotted with manicured lawns and was quite vibrant with parties in the open-air theater, ballroom dances, tennis courts, a cricket pitch and swimming pool. Every Saturday, they had a sailing race called the Challenge cup. For some golf and hockey, they went across to Port Blair. The settlement was so good that it was soon known as the Paris of the East. Only till it was hit by an earthquake in 1941, which ended the British revelry on this island.
British then, abandoned this island as a residential hub and moved to Port Blair. It was during this time that the famous Indian leader – Subhash Chandra Bose stayed over at Ross Island and even, hoisted the Indian flag. Shortly after the same, in 1942, it was captured by Japan, who held onto it till 1945. With them leaving, the Indian Navy took possession of this island. The island took in the impact of the 2004 Tsunami and protected Port Blair from the devastating effect of the natural disaster. In 2018, it was rechristened as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island after the great leader and still remains in their capable hands of the Indian Navy.
The Ross Island history still lives on in the ruins that are found here. It is fascinating to walk through them and imagine what colonial life was back then. I had an absolute blast doing so and from the many relics that were left behind, here are my key things to see on Ross Island Andamans.
Fascinating Fauna on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
The first thing that you notice are herds of deer on the Island. It is like arriving on a small piece of a natural paradise. Most of the deer are quite friendly and allow you to approach them and pet them. We had a fun time taking some pictures with these golden wonders. These deer might hI do not have an answer to how they landed up here but they sure seemed happy enough to be there. Most likely, they might have been natural inhabitants of the dense forests that were cleared by the Indian prisoners. Whatever the case, Andaman Ross Island indeed has been a home for them.
Other than those are our shy birds of the nation – Peacocks. They are found in various corners and within the ruined homes of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island. The one thing that I can tell you about them is that they definitely seem to have polished their coats for even from afar, they really shone.
2) Officers’ quarters on Ross Island in Andamans
Gnarled Roots cover the outer walls of the erstwhile homes of the officers. From the officer’s barracks to the senior officers’ home, you can find them all along on Andaman Ross Island. This is where I truly was Lara Croft – with my mighty assistant climbing up the roofs and me squeezing between some to enter the inner rooms – lest there be a treasure left behind.
It is amazing to see how the very trees – Peepal and Ficus, planted by the Indian prisoners have claimed the island. Left to their own device, they have grown over the man-made structures to show their might. They have closed the gaps to such an extent that some of these structures are literally blocked from all sides. Of course, there are a few of these buildings that have some gaping holes through which you can see the Andamans sea. And yet, there are others that have steps leading to higher floors – something that one dare not climb, given the creaky conditions that were just held together by roots. On the whole, walking through these are quite insightful and exciting.
3) The Cemetery on Andaman Ross Island
This is where the stones tell you a story of its residents. The Andaman Ross Island Cemetery is a sad place but an interesting one. Each stone epitaph gives you an insight into the life of its British inhabitants. From the small graves of infants and children who were lost to illness to the death of officers and apothecaries, there is plenty to understand from the graves at the cemetery.
Watch out for the tiny grave of a boy – Lawrence, who died within 22 hours of his birth. Most of these deaths occurred as a result of water-borne diseases and malaria. There are stories of how the British tried to find an experimental cure and sadly, to do that, they used the Indian political prisoners. These prisoners were force-fed unprocessed quinine and a lot of them died owing to the same.
4) The Pond on the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island
Close to the cemetery is a small little pond. The tranquil setting seemed to be favored by its residents. This is evident with the presence of the various Ross Island ruins around the pond. One of those ruins connects back to the club used by the British officers.
5) The Ross Islands Church
This one is one of the most impressive ruins of Ross Island in Andamans. The Presbyterian church still stands tall reminding us of its glory. A sign next to it explains that it was a Protestant church and was made of stone and Burma Wood – some of which have lasted to date. It also, tells us that the church had some impressive stained glass. Sadly, the church interiors are out-of-bounds and you can only view it from the periphery. The signboard with this information also, has a black and white photograph of how impressive this place of worship was in its hey-days.
A glimpse of the interiors of the Presbyterian church on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Isle
Before you exit the church area, look across it to spot the Secretariat. This is one of the many administrative buildings on Ross Island in Andamans.
6) Chief Commissioner’s bungalow
Time felt a little short for this one as I would have loved checking out every nook and corner of this piece of history. The most impressive of all the houses on Ross Island, this bungalow was for the British Chief Commissioner. It’s the description of a large hall, ballroom with 7 – 8 bedrooms, a garden full of trees and Italian flooring was indeed impressive. Took me back to Mr. Darcy’s estate home in Pride and Prejudice. 🙂
As you can see in the picture below, there was always a cannon guarding its entrance. The Andaman Ross Island Commissioner’s house had its own private tennis court, and an aviary too.
They say that around 24 British Commissioners took up this as a residence. In fact, the last one on the island – Sir Charles Francis Waterfall was held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese when they took over the island in 1942.
7) The Club house on Ross Island Andamans
The structure is said to have been a social gathering spot for all the subordinates of the British Army. It was a cultural and sports hub for them. With its own dance floor and a place for the band, I can so imagine the zest of the evening parties that must have been held here.
8) Water Treatment plant on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep
I did mention that a lot of infants were lost to diseases on the Island and to prevent further deaths, the British had this water distillery on the island. This was the main supply of drinking water for the entire island.
Don’t miss the remains of the old swimming pool next to the water treatment plant.
9) The Bakery & the Printing Press on Ross Island
The renovated building labeled as Bakery used to have wafts of freshly baked buns, croissants and pastries. Close to that are the ruins of the old Printing Press – the ruins that I would not have recognized had a signboard not been there!
10) Japanese Bunkers around the Island
After the Japanese captured the island, they fortified it further as their hub in the Andamans. The famed Japanese bunkers can be found along the periphery of the entire Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island. You can enter a few while the rest are out-of-bounds. It is said that the Japanese used the wood and timber from the abandoned homes of Ross Island to build their bunkers. A lot of them are interconnected by way of tunnels.
11) Light & Sound Show on Ross Island
Though I did not stay back for the light and sound show on Ross Island in Andamans, I have heard good things about it. The show explains the Ross Island history, of how it was built, and what were the norms followed on the Island. It brings to light the stark reality of life on the island and that of the political prisoners.
11) Other attractions of Ross Island
While I have covered most of the important areas of Andamans Ross Island, there are a few attractions that you can visit if you still have the time. Here is a list –
- The old lighthouse – Head over to the far end of the island and you will spot the tall monument there. This was used as a beacon and a watch-tower by the British
- Officers Barracks – Not that you would have missed the few that are across the island, the one next to the lighthouse has been refurbished. Hence, you can get a better sense of what the interiors look like back then.
- Ferar Beach – A little rocky and a little smooth, the Ferar beach is a nice place to sit on and take in the sights. No swimming is allowed here.
- Smritika Museum – I really wanted to do this one but ran out of time. This is where the few belongings found in the ruins of Ross Island have been kept. It is an ideal place to read and live the history of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island.
Now that you have had a virtual tour of Ross Island, you know that it is one island that you must visit. It is worth every minute of the limited time that you get on this abandoned island of India. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is an important chapter in Indian history and the island with its vibrant mix of nature and sea makes it even more interesting. I made the most of my time but if I ever get a chance to visit this again, I would be as excited as I was the first time. Somehow, something tells me there is a lot left to discover in the ruins of Ross Island. So go on and pin this up on your board to remind you of the scintillating experience that you can have on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Dweep of Andamans.
How to reach Ross Island from Port Blair?
- To visit Ross Island, you need to get to Port Blair.
- Port Blair can be reached by a cruise from Chennai or Kolkata.
- The best way, however, is to fly from Chennai or Kolkata to Port Blair. There are plenty of flights from these two cities. However, the same can get quite expensive as they are always running full.
- Ross Island can be reached from Port Blair via a ferry. You can catch one from Aberdeen Jetty (Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex). You can buy a ticket for yourself for INR 450 – 750, depending on the package you choose. The various packages involve combining trips to other islands like North Bay Islands along with Ross Island. This is, however, just the cost of the ride. You will still need to pay for the entrance to Ross Island.
- Your trip to Ross Island is going to be only a day-trip. There are no stay options on the island. Also, the ferry that takes you to Ross Island is the one that will bring you back. Most trips are just for 1.5 hours only.
- Ross Island entrance fees are at INR 30 per adult. Children below 5 years are free. Cameras are charged at INR 30 If you are carrying a video recorder, it will be INR 75.
- There are no guides on the island. There are a few signage that explains the various structures to you. However, if you are keen on a guide, there is just one Ms. Anuradha, who can be hired for INR 300 for a private tour.
- Feeding the deer is not encouraged. Littering here attracts a fine of INR 500.
- Remember to wear flat shoes and comfortable clothes as there is plenty of walking to be done.
- For those who are disabled or are not keen on walking, battery-operated golf carts are available on rent. Personally, I avoided those as they take away the charm of being a Lara Croft and I really wanted to explore the interiors of those ruins on my own.
- There are snacks and water available on sale at the restored bakery on the Island.
- Ross Island also has a light and sound show. I could not attend the same but those who would like to can get more details on 03192-232694 or 03192-244091
- Be careful when exploring the ruins as there are plenty of sharp objects around the floor and walls.
- Always carry your ID with you. Though we were not asked, you could be as this is under Navy management.
- Be cognizant of your time here. If need be, set an alarm as it is easy to miss your ferry with all the interesting things to see on Ross Island.
- Booking.com has quite a few Port Blair hotels listed . Use the given link to book the same online
- Klook.com has a few Andaman tours that can be booked online. This one is a sightseeing tour of Port Blair that includes Ross Island too.
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112 thoughts on “Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island – The former Ross Island in Andamans”
Andaman seems to be quite an interesting site ti visit.
Hope you are not facing any currency issue while traveling 🙂
Thanks Jatin. I was there last month. Not right now. Though most of the stuff in Andamans operates on Cash!
Very interesting post..
Andamans never tires me. such beautiful pics make me want to go there again and again.
Thanks Menaka. Andamans is our hidden gem!
spent very less time here.. should explore more next tiime
Definitely. Ross Island is a must 😀
Amazing pictures and informative write up! The deer is so huge! I really like the way you share history of a place 🙂
Thank you Shweta. 🙂 Happy that you like it.
A wonderful trip I am sure…
Place seems so much adventure and peaceful to
Looks like a lovely place with lots to discover. I love the idea of the deer mingling with the humans!
Thank you Arti.
Looks beautiful. Nice coverage.
Thank you Niranjan.
Its another beautiful face of beautiful iceland of Andman .
Very informative post with lovely captures as always Ami 🙂 The research done by you for every post is indeed a treat to read!
Thank you Maitreni. That is so encouraging.
Hello Ami. I hadn’t previously heard of Ross Island. It looks like a place I would enjoy visiting, with wildlife, and a natural feeling about it. Don’t think I’d be looking for any ghosts, though!
There aren’t any ghosts Doreen but lots of stories that are being told by the ruins left over. 🙂
Wow, this would be my place to be, I love ghost towns. It’s actually amazing how nature can take over. And it does remind of the scene with Lara Croft in Cambodja. Great place. Does it get a lot of tourists?
Thanks Sabine. Not many tourists as this is one unexplored part of India – our hidden gem 😉
Ross Island looks amazing! I love exploring ruins. Will need to plan a visit!
Thanks. It is a lovely place indeed as is the rest of Andamans.
As lovely and fascinating as this is, I have to be honest that I was loving it until I read that the area was abandoned after an earthquake. My family survived a devastating earthquake where we now live in Ecuador. It was terrible and the town is mostly destroyed. We had to relocate. I couldn’t visit this place without reliving the nightmare, it’s too similar to our experience with an earthquake in the beach. Did you have any thoughts about another earthquake happening?
So sorry to hear that. It is so sad. I can understand the loss and the feeling. I hope you get over the loss.
Ross Island in fact, ended up being a savior during the last tsunami. Apparently it was shielded from a lot of losses.
This seems like such a neat place to visit and explore! The deer on the island reminded me of those seen in Nara, Japan or Miyajima Island. They were very curious and continually tried to eat our clothes! The Officer’s Quarters are another spot that is so intriguing to me!
Thanks . The deer did not try to eat anything on us 🙂 They were a pleasure to see. Ross Island with its ruins and fauna is just amazing.
So cool that you got to go here! You even touched a deer!! I wish I can get that close to one. Great photos too!
Thanks Christine. The deer here are just so cute and friendly.
Okay, this is much more cool than any of the ghost towns I’ve been to. I’m fascinated by how quickly the roots have taken over since the 40s. Really incredible.
Absolutely and that to me is one of the reasons that these ruins looked interesting and very Tomb raider like. Loved squeezing through the gaps to access the inner part of the building and seeing if I could find something.
Guess what? Anuradha was my guide too when I visited Ross Island way back in 2012!
Wow…now that is amazing. Sadly we could not engage her as we were short of time 🙁
I’ve never heard of this Island but it looks so beautiful and peacefull
Thanks Diana. It is an offbeat destination but well worth your time.
This is actually the first time that I’ve heard of this island, but seeing its beauty and your photos, it definitely has me curious!
Thanks Abigail. Andamans as a whole, is a little unexplored and undiscovered. If possible you should head there before it becomes touristy 😀
What a beautiful and interesting place! The Japanese bunkers have a strange fascination on me but the thing that impresses me the most are those roots, they are immense and I would have guessed they had been there for centuries
Interestingly, it is not too far ago that the Island was abandoned. Just 1940s. Some miracles of nature I guess! 🙂
So much to do so much to see, in such a tiny place and for sure haunted type places make for great photos 🙂
🙂 They do have a certain charm
How cool! Loving the pictures. I’ve never heard of this island before, but it sure sounds like an interesting place to check out, even though the cemetery would definitely give me shivers!
Thanks Anna. Ross Island is not as popular as the other Indian destinations. But is in no way any less interesting. 🙂
I love how the island is slowly reclaiming the ruins from the British settlement.
Is there an option to reach the island, but allow more time than the little you had?
Thanks Chris. Sadly no. You have to rely on the Ferries from Port Blair and it is generally done as a round trip. Not sure if you can hire one on your own as this is all under the restricted Navy section.
That is so cool! the Paris of the East. What a different time it would have been with the British Raj in all of its splendour using it as a playground.
I can so imagine it. The little Tea parties, the dances, the cricket…..hmmm…Times to remember.
What a fascinating place. I love how the trees have grown over the buildings. It does make it feel very Tomb Raider’ish. I really enjoyed all the details in this post and the pictures. The deer probably swam over. They do that here in Washington State.
That is interesting. They swim over in Washington. You should definitely visit Ross Island. I think you will love it
Ross Island looks gorgeous and enchanting. But I too am intrigued by the ‘ghostly’ part os the island. The old buildings covered with roots et all! Remains of a once thriving community.
It was a gem to discover. I loved the whole abandoned feel. You should definitely plan a trip.
My parents just visited Ross Island and they loved the place, and your post tells me exactly why. Yes the place is in ruins but like many a times – this place tells you so much about its existence and glory days! Some day soon I want to go there too!
BTW I am surprised you didnt go crazy happy about the freely roaming deer and peacocks there!
Ooh I did go crazy with the deer but I also, was curious about the abandoned homes and other things there. One and half hours is too short …:(
Wow this area is steeped in history! If I were there I’d be setting an alarm for sure, missing the ferry home is always a big worry. I love the Presbyterian church ruins!
I was literally dragged off. I was ready to give mine a miss 😉
I cant believe id never heard of Ross Island before. Love the photos!! The nature and animals look incredibly beautiful
It is a little unexplored. But worth a visit…not just Ross Island but the whole of Andamans.
The Ross Island does not seem hunting to me, but rather a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I am surprised that there are so much history involved. The deer are so adorable and I would love to approach and pet them.
The ghost town is just so because no one stays there…there is no haunting story here. But the ruins and deer are just what make it amazing.
I love the unstructure of this place! What a great place to explore!
Thanks. I loved exactly that…the unstructured place.
Thanks for this great post. Ross Island looks like such a fun place to explore. It’s amazing that those deer just let you pet them. They’re so cute. What would happen if you did miss your ferry? As much as you love ghost towns, maybe next time you’ll “accidentally” miss the ferry and spent a spooky night on the island. We’d love to hear that story.
Thanks …I am guessing the NAvy captures you and takes you back ashore. Maybe I should have tried that 😀
Ross Island has all the ingredients of those idyllic islands that we imagine and which are described in books. I do hope the island maintains its pristine quality. The old structures covered with tree roots lends an aura of intrigue to the place.
Thanks Vyjay. It was a pleasure to explore this place.
This island seems not only interesting, but incredibly beautiful! I’m also a huge fan of ghost towns, they’re so much more desolate and magical, makes it seem there is more to discover. Definitely putting this on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks. There is nothing ghostly about it except that humans are not allowed overnight. It is mysterious though coz it is abandoned. 🙂
I’d never heard of Ross Island before. It must have been amazing to wander the ruins and learn the fascinating history of it…how awesome that you could walk right up to the deer!
Thanks Tami. Ross Island was an absolute pleasure to discover.
I never heard of Ross Islands before as well – wow if it wasn’t from your blog post, I never should’ve known! Makes us realized there are WAY toooooo many places to visit around the world!
Thanks Thuymi. Ross Island is a little hidden wonder in India. 🙂 As is the rest of Andamans – unexplored and unspoilt.
How interesting – from the initial photo I didn’t understand why you could be referring to it as a ghost island as it looked lovely! But I think being there would give me the creeps in a fascinating way. Such interesting history – I had no idea!
Thanks Juliette. The Island is a ghost island as it is abandoned . No creepy tales but enough intrigue.
Never heard of it, looks like a place i should add to the ever expanding list!
Not many have . One of India’s gorgeous islands.
Great Ami aunty.. …Didn’t know so much about Ross island…By the way goog travel tips it’ll help many people
Thank you Neema
Those church remains look fantastic, I had never heard of this place so I’m definitely going to do some more research on it.
Thank you. Ross Island was just amazing.
Andaman is high on my list Ami. Hope to make it this year or starting next year. Will definitely visit Ross island. My only worry is that I might waste too much time for ferry tickets when moving from one island to another. Any tips there?
Thanks Neha. Tips coming up shortly. It is not too bad to be honest.
This island sounds amazing! I love that you get to be in contact with all these animals. I definitely added it to my list of destinations when I visit Japan 🙂
Thanks Alessandra. Sounds like you are planning a stop in India. Let me know when and where.
In spite of several plans I could never make it there. This post is kind of teasing me showing me how much I am missing by not going there. It is a beautiful island.
It is our hidden gem Indrani. You really need to go there.
I went to Andaman few years ago and explored Port Blair, Havelock and Ross Islands! But my favorite was Havelock island and I did my first scuba diving and snorkeling there!
Havelock is a gorgeous place…am putting together a post on the same. Will be sharing it soon!
Classic Southern India. Love it! Miss this region too. From the beautiful see to the awesome people, I loved my travels through this area nearly 4 years ago.
Thanks Ryan. Though this has a lot more of British influence than the typical Indian ones. Fascinating nonetheless
Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information regarding this beautiful place in the Andaman. However, there are many such places in Andaman which is simply liked by the people.
I agree Gaurav. Andamans has so much to offer. Thanks for stopping by
I love the post. Your photography & the way you have written the post is very inspiring. Keep up the good work. I have also been to the Island and I love it as well. Lot to discover but sadly less time.
Thank you Ranveer. Glad you enjoyed this post. Ross Island is such a refreshing destination in India
The Andaman Islands are one of my greatest dreams. I have planned a trip to these paradise islands several times, but so far, I have not been able to get there. If I ever go back to India, it will be there. It is such a great article. A lot of valuable information that I will use when planning a trip to these heavenly beaches. I would love to visit Ross Island. The church and ruins are fantastic!
I am sure you will love Andamans for its non-touristy vibes and Ross Island – the sense of adventure is something else.
I had not really had the Andamans Islands on my radar at all. And this week I read several blog posts about this area. I love the look of Ross Island for a getaway to enjoy nature for a day trip. So cool that the deer wander everywhere. Those tree roots just look spooky to me. Feel like they could keep moving to grab me. The pond looks far more tranquil for me. I am sure the sound and light show provided some great history of the island.
Those roots give character to the island 😉 I loved them and they did make my adventure exhilarating. I hope you can make it here and see for yourself.
what a stunning and interesting place! making friends with deers! yes please. This looks like such an amazing place to explore, almost reminds me of the set of the jungle book in the first few photos! I cant believe I have never heard of here before!
Not many know of it. It is tucked away in the Bay of Bengal and most visitors to India miss it. Now that you know of it, you must get here.
I love ghost towns and this one is definitely going on my list. It is even more exciting because it is an Island. And I was so impressed with how much there is to see and do. It is a shame there is no option to stay and that the amount of time allowed is so short. With all the options I would have to go a few times in order to cover it all. I love how some of the ruins have been merged with the trees – its amazing how quickly they take over but I love how it looks. And then you have some that look so intact. Such a fascinating place. Glad I could do this virtual tour and hope to be able to see it in person one day.
Amen to that Joella. I do hope you can make it in person.
I was fascinated with the beauty of Ross Island. Yes, it is like a ghost town with so much history. Added those big roots covering the walls of ruined officers’ quarters such a perfect venue to shoot for a horror film. If ever I will be here in Ross Island, the first thing that I want to do is feed the deer, but since it is prohibited I will be satisfied with petting and taking a selfie with them.
Trust me, you will love the ruins. They have such stories to tell. And yes, Deer around is just fun!
It was a beautiful trip of Ross Island through your eyes and it brought back some beautiful memories of mine too. Almost thirteen years back I had visited there once while on an official trip to Port Blair and then taking a day off to visit. Andamans has such a fascinating history related to our independence and loved that you touched on some of it. Nice read and memories. Love your pic with the deer and all of them around.
Thank you Subhashish. I am so glad you made some time to see this island. It is so worth every minute.
I have not been to Andamans and this was a lovely virtual trip. Thanks for reminding of the adventurous and intelligent Lara Croft. You indeed did something like her making your way through the ruins and the gnarled roots of the island. It was good to know about the hoisting of the flag angle too.
This island was one of my highlights – for the fact that it is so unique and of course, me getting to play Lara croft 😉
Good to know about Ross island and also in 2018, Modiji named it as Netaji Subash Chandra Bose island. The view of this island with lovely green tall coconut trees from Port Blair is stunning. You have spotted lot many things here like Old church, Japanese bunkers, pond, peacocks and deer. I loved the flora and fauna here.
It is a perfect combination of history and nature. Hope you visit it soon.