Cellular jail is located in Port Blair in Andaman. It is a colonial prison used by the British to exile political prisoners. The jail signifies the unspoken countless sacrifices made by the freedom fighters to free India from the British rule. This jail is also known as ‘Kala-Pani’.Now a days, it serve as a National monument. Before the construction of this jail, the island was a prison of India’s first war of Independence 1857. This jail is constructed in 1906 after which it is used to house many notable freedom fighters such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar that reflect the murkiest chapter of British rule in the Indian history. This jail is now owned by Government of India and is recognized as the National memorable monument that describe the life of prisoners during the British era.
This jail describes the horrifying and darkest picture in the history of India, Britishers used the island of Andaman and Nicobar as a jail to put fighters behind the bars. This island is chosen as a jail due to its distant location from the main part of the country where the prisoners would be kept in dark, depriving them of the country’s situation and excluding them from society. During the Independence thousands of Indian were died due to inhumane conditions, many were hanged till death and many simply perished and each cell of the jail is 13.5 feet high and 7 feet wide. Cellular jail is a must visit spot while on the trip to Andaman island and lets the wave of it’s history wash over you.
In the evening attending the ‘Sound and light show’ in the Cellular jail is must over a holiday in Andaman and the show takes place after the sun set in the jail campus. It houses freedom fighters photos and exhibition gallery on the ground floor. The first floor of the building has an Art gallery, Netaji gallery and a library on freedom movements. This museum has a gallery dedicated to the first war of Independence and gallery of old photographs. Right in the center of the jail, there’s Swatantrya Jyoti, erected in the memory of all freedom fighters. The show is played both in English and Hindi languages and it’s simply a dazzling treat to watch.
Timings to visit Cellular jail.
9:00AM TO 12:30PM, 1:30PM TO 4:45PM
Timings of sound and light show
Hindi: 6:00PM&7:15PM, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
English: 7:15PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Cellular jail Rs 30/-
Camera Rs 200/-
Video Camera Rs 1000/-
Film shooting per day with prior permission: Rs 10000/-
How to go there
One can reach the cellular jail by bus, taxi, rickshaw or minibuses from anywhere in the city
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Cellular jail is throughout the year and the best season and month to sightsee and get the best attraction is from November to February.
The number of tickets for the night show are limited in quantity so it’s better to book your tickets earlier.
As the weather here gets pretty hot and humid during the day, it’s better to travel light in cotton clothes here.
There are sufficient food junctions to satisfy your hunger, so you need not carry any eatables along with you for the trip.