Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island (Ross Island) - Detailed Guide and Trip Details 2019

The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island- popularly and formerly known as Ross Island is situated in the South Andamans. The Island is just a few miles away from Port Blair and can be accessed by boats from Port Blair. You’ll get to know more about the accessibility in our “How to Reach” section coming up later in this article.

This island was occupied by the British Colony during the pre-independence era and it was their Administrative Head Quarter until an earthquake rocked the islands in 1941, after which the British moved to Port Blair for settlement abandoning the Ross Island. The Japanese also had occupied Andamans in 1942 during World War II. The Japanese war bunkers and cannons still stand as a memorial on the island.


Ross Island Port Blair Andaman

This elegant island which was deserted let nature take its toll slowly but steadily as banyan trees engulfed the buildings thus replacing the structures created by man. The Indian Navy has rebuilt some of the buildings like the bakery and local stores, where souvenirs are sold. At present, the Ross Island stands as a place of historical ruins and importance. The British had built various structures back then which were rebuilt and are open for tourists. The island is well organized with barricades, pathways and proper signboards for directions. This charming little island gives you a feeling of nostalgia as you enter and it takes you back in time. The island is sure to get its visitors spellbound by its incredible ruins and work of nature on these abandoned buildings is remarkable and is a pleasure to history and nature buffs. Do not miss a visit to this quaint island as it is a different experience on the whole.

What to expect when at Ross Island?

The Ross Island has very few amenities to offer the tourists. Drinking water and other refreshments are to be bought by the tourists as there is just one shop operated by the government and it only provides lunch. The tourists always have the option of taking lunch from North Bay Island which is the next destination they will visit after completing this trip. Plenty of coconut water is available on the island and it is advisable to carry water bottles always.


Ross Island Andaman

How to Reach Ross Island from Port Blair?

By Shared Boats/ ferries:

The trip to the Ross Island begins from the hotel to the Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex via road. On reaching the complex, you can board the ferries that will take you to Ross Island. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the Ross Island and after this visit, the same boat takes you to North Bay which is at a distance of about 30 minutes. As stated earlier, Ross and North Bay Island are covered together as a full day trip by these shared boats. You are allowed to spend a maximum of 2 Hours in Ross Island and after that, you are supposed to head back to the same boat and continue the trip towards North Bay Island, it takes about 4 to 4.5 hours to complete the entire Day trip.

The shared boats/ferries are available of various makes, varied capacity and various speeds and all are well equipped with life jackets and rings for safety. A guide accompanies each group as they head toward these islands and that guide himself briefs the visitors about the island’s history and other necessary information to be known during the trip. Once the boat reaches the island the tourists can go ahead and avail the activities or just sit back and relax at the beach. The same boat will take you to and fro so keep in mind the name of the boat while returning to Port Blair. In case you miss the boat name you need not worry an alternative arrangement will be made for you in another boat. However, it is always advisable to complete the trip in the same boat. The Island opens for visitors around 8 AM and closes around 3 PM and is closed on Wednesdays.

By private Chartered Boats:

Private charter boats exclusively to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (Ross) Island or to both North Bay and Ross Islands are provided by our Island experts at Experience Andamans.
These chartered boats are suitable for a group of about 6-8 people. As it will make the cost get divided and bring the unique experience to you at reasonable pricing. However one can also hire these charters for 2 and more people based on their individual choice.
The pro for hiring a chartered boat is that you can visit this island even if you are short on time and cannot follow the schedule of the regular shared boats.

What are the things to see in Ross Island?

Upon entering the island you can find ruins of a giant water distillation plant, a swimming pool, and a tennis court. The Island still has the remains of the famous printing press and secretariat office. Tourists can go about exploring the islands and spot ruins of a church, furthermore down and you can see a graveyard. The Farzand Ali Store was a famous store on the island and it is now maintained as a museum. This store has numerous pictures of the British period and their past activities. The island had community buildings like a church, tennis court, printing press, hospital, cemetery, secretariat, open-air theatre and much more to add.
The Japanese bunkers and cannons brought in by the Japanese during World War II can also be seen along with the other historical remains.

Is there any specific activity done at Ross Island?

There are not many activities available on the island but there are few things that one can do. Take a walk to the other end of the island and experience the scenic view of an open beach and also take a moment to enjoy the cool breeze under the shady trees on the shore. While wandering on the island you can spot peacocks, eagles, and parrots moving around. The island has a good population of deer, who are accustomed to seeing humans. Please avoid feeding the deer let nature grow and live on its own without human intervention as this is a policy followed in the Andaman Island. You can click some wonderful pictures of the historical places, birds and the beautiful scenery the island has to offer.


Netaji subhash chandra bose island Andaman

Evening Show - Light and Sound Show at Ross Island:

Ross Island also offers a light and sound show on all days excluding Wednesdays and public holidays. The light and sound show depicts the island’s historical events that happened during the pre-independent era, set up of the first administrative settlement and insight about various other historical events that took place on the islands. This show thrills its audience with great lighting and music that is used to display the struggle of the freedom fighters and the life of the British administrators in this Island takes them back in time.
The show commences around 5.15 PM (depending on Sunset time), for which a boat has to be boarded 4 PM sharp at Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex and the destination will be reached in 15 minutes of the boat ride.


Netaji island Port Blair Andaman

Can we stay at this island?

Accommodation is not available on the island as night stay is prohibited here. The visitors are to exit the island on completing the trip and stay at Port Blair.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Is there any entry ticket that is required to enter the island?
You are required to purchase tickets (a gate pass apart from the ferry ticket) to enter the island.

Are there any water sport activities available on this island?
Water sport activities are not available on this island.

When is the best time to visit Ross Island?
Ross Island can be visited throughout the year but the best time to visit the island is between October to May.

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