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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ross Island - ANI

On day two Bosch had arranged two major activities - Visit to Ross Island in the forenoon and the Distrbutors meeting in the afternoon session.
Ross Island: After a sumptuous breakfast we left for the Phoenix Bay Jetty to board motorboats that ferried us to Ross Island. Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair and can be reached by a short boat ride.The island is controlled by the Indian navy and presently houses the ruins of old buildings. Till a few decades ago, this island was the seat of "British power." Ross Island was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement for nearly 80 years. It had everything — bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, cemetery and what have you. Today only the ruins of these dilapidated buildings remain. The Japanese too left their imprint on the island - they built bunkers which were used as watch points to safeguard the Island from any foreign invasion. About nine months before the Japanese take-over Ross Island witnessed an earthquake. There were rumors that the island was sinking. Gradually people left and it became a deserted area. What was called "Paris of East" at its peak became a haunted isle with widening cracks and crumbling masonry in the remains of the structures. In April 1979, the island was handed over to the Navy, which set up a small post, INS Jarawa, named after one of the indigenous tribes of the Andaman group of islands. A local tribal woman Anuradha Rao was our guide for the trip. She was extremely passionate and and a hard core fanatic Nationalist. She gave a wonderful tour of the Islands and shared a wealth of information. She had the audience spellbound with her mysterious tales about the happenings on the Island.
Some of the memorable moments included photography sessions, deer feeding, tender coconut water to quench our thirst, delicious kulfis, the lily pond with ducks and the ferry ride. Overall a great experience
A spellbinding view of the sea taken while departing Ross Island. To be continued......................

8 comments:

  1. Nice travelogue and exquisite views of the island sir! :) I didnt know Andaman had such an interesting history behind it!

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  2. Heard about this Ross Island ruined church... Wanted to visit ever since I saw the pic.. So glad to know u've visited...

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  3. So many lovely pics to share of your visit. Always a bonus to have a good tour guide.

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  4. Interesting :) My dad has visited all these places.. I've to visit too :):)

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  5. Hi there! Best regards from Germany where I am for a short trip!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this wonderful sequence of images. I'd like to visit these fine places!

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  7. If I ever happen to be in India, then it's a worth to visit Ross Island. I think diving could be fantastic with crystal clear waters of this paradise.
    All yours noted, Ram. Appreciate very much your valuable time taken to compose this post with your spectacular photos.

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  8. Lovely pictures. I can see Anuradha as the guide in your picture too. She is an amazing lady!

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