The stunning beaches, thriving marine life and vibrant coral reef portray the fascinating beauty of Andaman and Nicobar island. Among the 572 group of islands, the Ross Island is an abandoned island which was once a British settlement. Now, it is a famous tourist destination.
Ross island reclaimed by nature
Evidently, the nature has reclaimed the remnants of the British architectures. Subsequently, the unyielding forests took over the lavish bungalows, ballrooms, graveyards and a massive church over the decades.
British settlement with 200 convict Indian mutineers
This remote island, a part of Andaman and Nicobar islands, was a penal colony for Indian mutineers. The British first arrived with 200 convicts in 1858. By and large, the impenetrable jungle covered the archipelago and those convicts were entrusted with the task of clearing the thick forest for settlement.
The convicts were later moved to the neighbouring islands, and the Ross Island became the administrative headquarters. The high-ranking officials along with their families also chose to settle there.
Lavish settlement of Andaman and Nicobar
Grand mansions, lush lawns and tennis court, a Presbyterian church, water purification plant and a hospital all that supports a modest living were built in this beautiful island. It also had all modern amenities such as clubs, dancing halls, swimming pools and open-air theaters.
Even a waterborne disease hit the island and led to an increased mortality rate. The British tried hard to make it an habitable place with all amenities necessary for them.
In order to lit up the island they installed a power station housing a diesel generator .
An unfortunate event that led to the abandonment of Ross Island
In 1941, a massive earthquake shook the island resulting to loss of life. Consequently, they abandoned the island and moved the headquarter to Port Blair. Now, Port Blair is the capital of Andaman and Nicobar island.
From 1942 to 1945 the Japanese invaded Ross Island and soon after the British took over the island.
As soon as, India got Independence from the British in 1947, the island was abandoned until Indian Navy took over it in 1979.
After the British left the island, the government prohibited human inhabitants.
Since then only the remains of Commissioner’s Bungalow, Subordinates Club, Presbyterian Church and nameless walls exists. The unstoppable ficus tree roots spread over the ruins.
The idyllic island is now a favourite tourist destination
The idyllic island is now a travel destination for the tourists.
The Andaman and Nicobar island witnesses the colonial ruins that echoes the tales and plight of that era.
The island bestowed with beautiful views of dense forests and glimpses of ruins from the Colonial era. The interrupted growth of the creepers and giant trees on the remnants will leave you spellbound.
Favourite spots at Ross island
When you visit Ross Island, you can still see the remnants of the British era such as church, mansion and market.
Besides, there are important tourist spots as well, which include Smritika Museum, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park and Forest Museum. You can also enjoy the enthralling beauty of the beaches.
Today, various species of deer, untamed rabbits and peafowls inhabits the lonely island. The British introduced these species of deer in the 19th century. The visitors enjoy the sight of deer in the woods. These views are absolutely breathtaking.