Cellular Jail, Port Blair

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When in Port Blair, history lovers should not miss a tour of Cellular Jail, a prison used to hold political prisoners and dissidents during the independence movement. The prison was built in 1906 by the British, as the number of prisoners being exiled to the Andaman Islands grew with the beginning of the struggle for independence. Take a guided tour of the vast red brick building, a site of torture, hunger strikes, and rebellions. The fortress takes its name from its 693 cells, each one a tiny space used for solitary confinement only. Add Cellular Jail and other attractions to your Port Blair trip itinerary using our Port Blair online vacation planner .
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  • it is an eye opener. how the whole concept was to give cruellest punishment to freedom fighters. mind blowing . disturbs us.  more »
  • Just being there and trying to understand the plight of freedom fighters makes one feel humbled, aroused with patriotic feelings and feel indebted to those who struggled and sacrificed for our freedom...  more »
  • Just a Mastery of architecture designed so well, Although stories will melt your heart & and remembrance of great our freedom fighter will ignite your life. Some breathtaking view, although I dint enj...  more »
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  • Nice historical place. Light & sound is also available in the evening. But the sound quality is not up to the mark. After taking enough pics do take out some time and just sit down at this place and think about how Indian Freedom Fighters would have felt. Otherwise it would feel like any other historical place in India. The highly acclaimed Light & Sound Show is quite average but since you're there...so go and watch it.
  • Very well maintained historical place. Huge place to explore and it reminds you the history of freedom fight India had. Entry fee is good considering the number of employees work here. There is light show in the evening at this jail which I will say is average and some people feel bored as it lacks the intensity but it is surely one time viewable. There is government emporium at this place which offers pearls, shells and other stuff at very affordable price.
  • The cellular jail is a must visit when you are in Port Blair. The jail is well maintained. The entry fee costs ₹30 and the payment is made cashless. Things used by Veer Savarkar on whom the Port Blair airport is named after is preserved in the cell he was kept captive in. The light and sound show starts at 6 pm and the ticket cost ₹50. The show is not so great but the role of Andaman and the cellular jail in the freedom struggle is well explained. There is also a gallery where pictures of British colony in Ross island are displayed. The gallows is well maintained too..
  • It's a great place to visit. Well maintained. The guides were great. Had all the knowledge of the place. Great history attached to the place makes the light and sound show memorable. Every Indian must know about this place and all the torture our great freedom fighters went through.
  • National heritage museum. It was built by traitor British rulers to oppress the freedom fighters of subservient India. It has 698 small cells which are arranged in seven wings of three storied building. It has a long history of torture and execution where three inmates were used to be hanged at once. The boundary wall is low because jail-breakers had nowhere to go from this island secluded by large water body of the bay of Bengal. Most of the inmates of this big jail were Bengali freedom fighters, whose names are listed on marble slabs at the second floor of the central hall.

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The old colonial center of Port Blair possesses a decent array of places to stay: spruced-up old buildings housing stylish boutiques with sea views; family-run guesthouses providing both shared and private rooms; and a few newly built hotels, offering rooms from standard to luxury. Inland to the south sit a few clusters of accommodations, where luxury retreats sit side by side with simple guesthouses, while the coastal areas around the state capital have a number of beachfront lodgings set around scenic bays.
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