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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  • You will need to buy tickets at the counter but the Cellular Jail is open only till 4pm so plan accordingly. We also went for the sound and light show - getting the tickets is a hassle as these are pr...  more »
  • A salute to the Martyrs Visit to this place will make you think to what extent patriotism can make a person strong. What all our ancestors had gone through to seek independence. Don’t miss the evening...  more »
  • A very significant historical place. It's got great views from the top too. Spare atleast an hour to see the whole place and to spend on photo session as well. Do hire a guide if you wish to understan...  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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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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