Wow! Two days in Andaman… Flew just like a dandelion in air… It’s third day of our trip in the exotic Andaman Island. Here’s our trip to Cellular Jail, Baratang Island, Radhanagar beach, Kalapathar Beach, Elephant Beach, Chidiya Tapu in Andaman.
We vacated the resort with our bags packed so that we could leave to Havelock Island in the noon. It’s 10 – 15 minutes’ drive from Port Blair. And, another 10 minutes shared boat ride from Rajiv Gandhi water sport complex, we landed in the beautiful little Island at 9 AM! We were the first to get the first ticket at Ross Island.
Nestled in the heart of Port Blair, sits the remnants of the headquarters of British penal colony. It was discovered by Sir Daniel Ross, a marine surveyor and hence named after him. Until the earthquake in 1941, it remained as a base for Britishers. Due to continuous tremor the island was uninhibited and now it remains as a prime tourist attraction in Port Blair.
Seventy seven acres of rustic haven, filled with lush green valley of coconut and palm trees, ruins seems to have been taken over by intense roots of the huge trees, wreckages of the Presbyterian Church, relics of water distilling plant, troops barrack, chief commissioner bungalow in a British ambience, a pond with colorful lilies, wild deer, dancing peacocks and a picturesque Ferar beach – that’s the Ross Island in a nutshell!
There are two ways to enjoy and explore the island. One can take the Golf cart ride catching all attractions, clicking photographs all the way to the mountain cliff. And, for the adventure seeker in you, hiking will be a memorable option! Unparalleled beauty of the island is best explored by hiking only! If you opt for golf cart ride, then you might miss the unpretentious loveliness of the island and the lone sailor. Regrettably, the ride gets over in 10 – 15 minutes!
A herd of deer welcomes you as you enter the island and you’ll spot peacocks and rabbits too. Do not feed any animals as it incur penalty fee! This island has also faced the rage of nature, hit by Tsunami in 2004, thereby shielding the Port Blair.
The journey concludes as you reach the mountain cliff and as I gaze around, the fresh air fills me up! Wait… you have more! All the way down the hill, nearly 50 – 60 steps down, it’s blissful! The uniqueness of the Ross Island is not just the remnants of British buildings or wild deer; it’s the statue of lone sailor standing amidst the lighthouse, more picturesque than the one before!
The lone sailor reminisce me of my favorite childhood cartoon hero, ‘The Popeye – The sailor man’. Wow… It was so thrilling!!
By the time we reached the cliff, we were running short of time and we had only 15 minutes to get back to jetty to board our boat. We didn’t want to miss the lone sailor, so Lazz and I rushed quickly to check out! Rushed? No, we literally ran for a while… One gets a wonderful feeling that this must be the highlight of Ross Island. The journey completes here with a pleasure of contentment!!
We came five minutes earlier to the jetty. An island soaked in history, will remain as one of the memorable trip forever!
We started to Phoenix Bay Jetty, Port Blair to board our ferry at 12.15 PM to reach Havelock Island.
How to get there:
Ross Island is located at a distance of 2 Kms away from Port Blair.
Boat ride costs Rs. 700 and they give only one hour to walk around the island. It isn’t enough to explore. You need at least 2 – 3 hours fully to explore the island in leisure. Talk to few operators before you board the boat.
Entry ticket to the Island costs Rs. 30. It’s closed on Wednesday.
Here is our travel guide to plan your dream trip to Andaman: The Ultimate Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Travel guide.
Here are 14 best Andaman travel tips that’ll help you on your first trip.