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Take a look around an eerie, abandoned island that was once used as a prison hundreds of miles off the coast of India

INSIDER Logo By Caroline Fox of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 16: 
  A cluster of more than 500 islands off the coast of India has
  a lot of history.
  
  During the Indian Rebellion, the islands were the site of
  jails run by the British - who also built themselves fancy
  bungalows, churches, and even tennis courts.
  
  In 1941, a large earthquake struck the islands, killing
  thousands. The Japanese took ownership of the islands in World
  War II, using them for bunkers.
  
  Today they are owned by the Indian Navy, and members of the
  public can stroll through the old architecture, which is entirely
  covered in roots and vines.
  
  
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  Hundreds of miles from the coast of India is a tiny speck of an
  island, measuring only 
  one-third of a square mile.

  Ross Island is one of the 
  572 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar Islands,
  once owned by the British and home to thousands of convicts and
  political prisoners. But after a large earthquake struck the area
  in 1941, thousands of residents were killed.

  Control was eventually taken over by the Japanese, who used the
  strategically located islands as a safe zone during World War II.
  
  Bunkers were built to protect the soldiers, but once the war
  ended, ownership was given to the Indians. 

  Now in the hands of the Indian
  Navy, the islands once bustling with people are abandoned and
  completely overgrown with jungle vines. Keep scrolling to see the
  eerie beauty.

  • A cluster of more than 500 islands off the coast of India has a lot of history.
  • During the Indian Rebellion, the islands were the site of jails run by the British - who also built themselves fancy bungalows, churches, and even tennis courts.
  • In 1941, a large earthquake struck the islands, killing thousands. The Japanese took ownership of the islands in World War II, using them for bunkers.
  • Today they are owned by the Indian Navy, and members of the public can stroll through the old architecture, which is entirely covered in roots and vines.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Hundreds of miles from the coast of India is a tiny speck of an island, measuring only one-third of a square mile.

Ross Island is one of the 572 islands that make up the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, once owned by the British and home to thousands of convicts and political prisoners. But after a large earthquake struck the area in 1941, thousands of residents were killed.

Control was eventually taken over by the Japanese, who used the strategically located islands as a safe zone during World War II. Bunkers were built to protect the soldiers, but once the war ended, ownership was given to the Indians.

Now in the hands of the Indian Navy, the islands once bustling with people are abandoned and completely overgrown with jungle vines. Keep scrolling to see the eerie beauty.

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