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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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  • Visited after waiting in the line for 1 hour plus but t was worth the efforts, one must take a guide to explain historical aspects in details. Well maintained monument and good arrangements except get...  more »
  • Freedom fighters must have gone through tremendous torture. Good view of sea from terrace. Authorities must improve on light and sound show. 
  • Must visit.. Will give you a look in history and what it took to get Freedom which we are enjoying today.. 
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  • Unknown Story of Swatantrata Senani (Freedom Fighter). Must visit, It shows How & what was the limit of cruelty means? How British & Japanese treated Indians , Specially Political Prisoner Please take Guide who will tell more details and neatly. It's very horrifying story for Prisoner in 1895 till 1942 approx. Don't miss Sound & Light show (2shows per day 6pm , 7pm) Ideal time is to visit at 3.30 to 5pm then it close, come out have coffee or tea or Narial Pani, Visit garden and then again stand in Q for 6pm for Light and sound show. It will be over by7pm. Advance booking for show is recommended. Finally I salutes all those unknown Hero's who fought for our Independence.
  • Spooky sad experience...evryone should visit once...the stories tht are hidden in the walls of the jail is vry sad...u will feel lik crying whn u hear the torture and punishments tht was givn by the britishers. The equipments are present there... The famous prson KUSHAL KONWAR from my plce, assam was in one of these jails but he was the only one who escaped through the andaman waters and reached india...
  • Wonderful Light & Sound Show. Very well choreographed. Om Puri's VO will give you goosebumps.
  • The jail is very nice construction by the British. Kaka Pani is a historical factors attached by this Jail. The British government many types of hamper with the Indians in this Jail. Sound and light show are famous facts in this Jail.
  • The Cellular Jail or Kala Pani is a historic Jail that was used to incarcerate political prisoners during the British Rule in India. The construction of the prison complex dates back to the late 19th century as a response to the revolt of 1857. The jail was also designed keeping in mind that the prisoners weren’t allowed to communicate amongst themselves.