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Cellular Jail, Port Blair
Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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. Using our custom trip planner, Port Blair attractions like Cellular Jail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Ananda Gupta spent six years here as a prisoner. From 1932 to 1938. But this did not mean that after 1938, he was released. With all the other political prisoners, he was only transferred back to a ja... read more »
The three storey jail structure says about the struggle our freedom fighters faced in this jail. Currently it has three wings with many individual cells open for public view. It gives us nostalgic on ... read more »
A must visit place for all travelers to Port Blair. Neat and clean place, it is a trip down the history of the freedom struggle of India. The sound and light show is a must watch in the evenings, they... read more »
Srivatsa K R
It's a magnificent place, esp. for Indians to visit n understand the struggle that our freedom fighters went through. My advice is to hire one of the guides there, as they would explain all the important events that's happened there Do visit the sound n light show. Although the technicalities (effects) of the show are not great, the story is powerful...
Paresh Ratan Kundu
The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī (derived from Sanskrit words 'Kal' which means Time or Death and 'Pani' which means Water), was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.
If you visit Port Blair this place is a must go! In the daylight you can see the cells where the great freedom fighters like Veer Savarkar were held. And in the evening there is light and sound show which highlights the struggles faced by them as witnessed by an 'old tree' still standing there. It was really a magnificent show.
I visited the cellular jail today, however was disappointed to know that ticket selling timings are from 0900-1600 hrs only in contrary to 0900-1700 hrs (Ticket window closes one hour prior). For light and sound show, you have to stand in a separate line and two 1 Hr shows are run at 1730 and 1830 hrs, and the ticket window for these shows open at 1700 and 1800 hrs respectively. But the few local agents stand first in the queue (both male and female queues) and purchase 10 tickets for each of themselves (max limit allowed per person) and later sell them outside the jail at higher prices causing rush at the ticket counter as well as some times tourists who come from outside who want tickets for light and sound show do not get them because all tickets get sold soon within 15-20 min of opening of counter. Now tourists have to purchase the tickets for these shows from these agents at higher prices.
If you are visiting Andaman then your tour can't be completed by visiting this place!!.. Preferably visit in the evening time so that after seeing the cellular jail watch light and sound show. It is also worth attending!
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