Once the administrative headquarters of the British, Ross Island is deserted today. Where once manicured lawns occupied space and umbrellas adorned the poolside, when daily services were held in the Church, now forests and undergrowths have taken over. The place is in pathetic ruins but it is worth giving a look. On getting down at the Jetty, one has to sign the visitor's book as the island is under the Navy. Important ruins include a church, cemetery, swimming pool, and chief commissioner's residence.A small museum of the Indian Navy, Smritika, has a good collection of old records.
The languages spoken here are Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, and other tribal languages.
To access the island from the mainland, one has to arrive at the capital Port Blair first and then take a local transport to reach Phoenix Bay Jetty. From here, a short boat ride takes the tourist to Ross Island.
Best Time to Visit
Ross Island is one of the most popular attractions of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The main seasons here are summer, monsoon and winter. Placed in the Bay of Bengal, this island experiences a tropical climate all around the year. The best time to visit Ross Island is between October and March. The temperatures remain around 22 – 30 degree Celsius, making it perfect to enjoy sightseeing and partaking in water sports. In the summer months, from April till May, the weather reaches somewhere around 37-38 degree Celsius with hot air flowing all around. From late May till mid-September, the island receives heavy rainfall, strong winders, and high humidity, making underwater visibility pretty low. This season should best be avoided.
How to Reach
BY AIR -Prachi Valley can be reached from Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar is connected by air, rail, and road. The Indian Airline, Jet Airways, and Alliance Air have flights from Calcutta and Chennai on rotational basis to Port Blair.
BY RAIL -Railways do not connect the islands with the mainland but there is a railway out-agency at the Secretariat.
BY ROAD -For local transport, one can take boats to the various islands. Port Blair has taxis and auto-rickshaws. It is advisable to have own transportation to explore the island. Bicycles are available at very low rate. Private boats can also be hired.