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. Using our custom trip planner, Port Blair attractions like Cellular Jail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Visited on day 1 . Local guide was so emotional . We were there on 12th evening just before Independence Day . After hearing the heinous incidents , I sincerely feel that we are not respecting indepen...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    This place has a great history and a must visit for tourists. Don't miss the light & sound show. We liked it. You get to know a lot about "what people have been thru" those who were incarcerated here.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Do visit this place and get a guide to know the history and some hard facts about this jail and why it is known as kala paani, our guide was very knowledgeable as he was a history student reads a lot ...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    A well maintained national monument. The light and sound show (which needs modernization) instills in us a feeling of patriotism. The entire area of the cellular jail and its surroundings are well maintained and kept clean.
  • July 5, 2017
    If you are interested in history and want to know about the sacrifices of our comrades then this place is for you. And the night show will tell you the whole story so dont miss that. So go on and explore the place, i loved it.
  • July 14, 2017
    A place which witnessed Brutality of British Soldiers upon Prisoners, mainly people involved in India's Independence movement. The place is nicely maintained and excellent light and sound show during evening hours is the main highlight. It becomes very crowded with tourists though. Parking is almost half a kilometer away.
  • July 16, 2017
    I salute to all patriot soul who sacrificed there lives for the country for the motherland in this jail. The jail is now tourist place. That is well maintained by Indian Army. I cannot appreciate about the structure of diesel designed by English government for Indian freedom fighter. It was called Kala Pani jail in the past. The pictures and the contribution of Army is good very nice which represents the actual glorious names of our history. I salute again and again to all of them Jai Hind.
  • July 14, 2017
    Must visit historic place in Port Blair. Makes you sad learning about the condition of the prisoners. View from Central Tower is amazing.

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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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