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Cellular Jail, Port Blair

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Historic Site Landmark
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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  • It gives you knowledge about our freedom fighters. Light and sound show is attractive and recommended to watch. Om Puri's voice give more depth to this show.  more »
  • You cant miss this place. Would suggest that you either take a guide along OR see the light and sound show first to understand the real importance cell by cell. Salute to all those heroes who got us i...  more »
  • The term of light show is 40 mins. Light show ticket costs Rs 50/ - . You have to purchase the ticket in the morning. Go quick to get a seat. It's devoted. Everybody goes for a voyage through the corr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Where to stay in Port Blair

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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