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Ghost Island In The Indian Ocean Has Been Reclaimed By Its Rightful Owner: Nature

Source: BBC News/Neelima Vallangi - March 12, 2018 in Adventure, Featured

Ghost Island In The Indian Ocean Has Been Reclaimed By Its Rightful Owner: Nature
Photo: Ihor Malytskyi/Unsplash

India’s idyllic islands

Situated in the Bay of Bengal, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an isolated group of 572 tropical islands, of which only 38 are currently inhabited. Nautically located closer to South East Asia than India, they are known for stunning beaches, thriving marine life, rich coral reefs and largely undisturbed primary forests. But beyond the idyllic views lie a dark past.

Eerie remains of a colonial settlement

One of the islands, Ross Island, is a morbidly fascinating ghost town, where the remnants of a 19th-Century British settlement lie in ruins. Abandoned in the 1940s, the island is being reclaimed by nature. Lavish bungalows, a massive church, ballrooms, even a graveyard, all are in varying stages of dilapidation, being taken over by an unyielding forest.

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