Ross Island - North Bay Island

Ross Island

Ross Island, Port Blair is in the Andaman Islands of India. This Island the erstwhile capital for the most of Andaman Islands from 1858 until an earthquake in 1941. Ross Island was also the base for the British Administrator of the penal colony in Port Blair. In 1941, the Japanese converted the site into POW camp, and built war installations, remnants of which can still be seen. It now lies deserted, and the few signs of its colonial glory, such as the Chief Commissioner’s house and the Presbyterian Church, are dilapidated and overgrown. The area is now under the control of Indian Navy.

Ross Island was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement for nearly 80 years. It had everything — bazaar, bakery, stores, workshop, water distillation plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery, open air theater and what have you. Today, everything has disappeared except some buildings, which housed some of these landmarks. Also do walk to the other side of the island to Ferar beach and the old jetty. Farzand Ali Store here is famous. It is now maintained like a museum, has a lot of pictures of the British era and their activities in Andaman Islands.

North Bay Island

Located in Port Blair, the beach around Coral Island is well known for water corals. The island with pristine sand beaches, edged by natural beauty is perfect for sea loving human and nature lovers. The coral reefs are beautifully adored by nature drawing many visitors.

The island is accessible from Port Blair via ferry. Ferry can be taken from Phoenix bay jetty and it will take around 15 to 20 mins to reach the island. Besides, one can also enjoy snorkeling and experience the underwater world.