Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island

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    Location: Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    Estimated Visiting Time: 2 to 3 hours

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    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island is also known as Ross Island which is located in the east of Port Blair in Andaman And Nicobar Islands. This abandoned place was once the Administrative Headquarter of the British. At present all the things have disappeared except some buildings and the Indian Navy has managed to repair the buildings by using bakery stores to provide visitors.  


    The island is so small in size, less than a square kilometer but it has a fantastic view that attracts the people. The chief commissioner’s house, the remnants of a church, a cathedral and the graveyard of Britishers are the main attractions of this island. Specially the old architecture of British quarters and jail are carrying on the tradition that attracts those who are thirsty for travel.


    History view

    Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island has a significant history also known as Ross Island because it is named after Daniel Ross, a marine surveyor. The Indian Mutiny of 1857 worked in favor of the penal settlement of the Andaman Islands as many prisoners from India were found there. Captain James Pattinson brought 773 convicts in 1858 including 4 Singaporean officers. 

    During 1945 and 1946, the island was the administrative headquarters of the British and was known as Ross Island at that time. Very interestingly, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed here during his visit to Port Blair on 29-31 December 1943, and soon the island was a British base for administrative work. Initially, crude Barracks of bamboo and grass were constructed for the prisoners.

    The island was also occupied by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945 and became the residence of the Japanese admirals for 3 years. During this time Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose also hoisted the Indian flag at the residence of the Admirals.

    1941, and 1942 earthquakes that occurred 9 months before the Japanese occupation did not cause any damage to the island, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed here till 1947. Not a single brick of the Cellular Jail was damaged by the earthquake, but in 1960, the Dara Jail was demolished by the Andaman administration. The inmates protested and filed a writ in court. None of the imprisoned freedom fighters settled here. Thus, the island gained prominence and was named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. 

    Inside/Outside Views

    Internal View

    The historic ruins are the best view of the island. At the northern end of the island, there is a pathway that has a new high circular lighthouse Tower constructed in 1977. Photovoltaic panels were introduced for the first time in this to power the lights and charge the batteries. There is a small forest full of palm and coconut trees and no human habitation inside the island. Some British colonial buildings include a church, Japanese bunkers, and very photogenic buildings due to tree roots growing all over them. There are some deers in a sanctuary where you can have a good time. Some shops are also available on the island.

    Opening Hours

    It’s 9am to 4pm.

    Entry & Others Fees

    Adults for INR 90 and children for INR 25.

    How to Reach

    By Air: In Port Blair, Veer Savarkar International Airport is the nearest airport.  After arriving at the airport you can take a taxi or a car to reach the island.

    By Rail: Rail services are not available to reach the island.

    By Road: The island is located 2 kilometers from the capital town, Port Blair. Buses are available from there and they can take you to the Aberdeen Jetty from where a ten minutes ferry ride takes you to the island.

    Tips for Travellers

    • Take the water bottle and sunglass 
    • Take the extra money to visit the others nearest spot if you have a lot of time.
    • Be careful for your child doesn’t run around anywhere
    • Must take the camera and capture the best view


    Que-01: Is this place safe to visit?

    Ans: Yes, this place is safe to visit.

    Que-02: Is photography allowed in this place?

    Ans: Yes, photography is allowed in this place.

    We wish you all the best for your journey. Happy Travel!!!

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