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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  • the cellular jail will never loose charm for Indians due to its association with Indian Independence struggle. For foreign tourist I don't think it has any attraction. The ticketing process at the cel...  more »
  • Nice historical place. Light & sound is also available in the evening. But the sound quality is not up to the mark.  more »
  • After taking enough pics do take out some time and just sit down at this place and think about how Indian Freedom Fighters would have felt. Otherwise it would feel like any other historical place in I...  more »
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  • Very well maintained historical place. Huge place to explore and it reminds you the history of freedom fight India had. Entry fee is good considering the number of employees work here. There is light show in the evening at this jail which I will say is average and some people feel bored as it lacks the intensity but it is surely one time viewable. There is government emporium at this place which offers pearls, shells and other stuff at very affordable price.
  • It's a great place to visit. Well maintained. The guides were great. Had all the knowledge of the place. Great history attached to the place makes the light and sound show memorable. Every Indian must know about this place and all the torture our great freedom fighters went through.
  • From heritage point of view the place holds a very high importance for all Indians. Two types of tickets are available one is to see the cellular jail in the day time that cost you 20 Indian Rupee and one for light and should show which will cost approx 100 Indian rupees per person. You may have to stand in line for sometime to get your hands on these tickets if you have not booked it already through a tour guide or through some travel agent. The normal day time visits will get over by 1700h and the first light and sound show starts at 1730 h. Easiest way to reach here is with your hired two wheeler as the parking for two wheeler is available however for those who are hiring a car to drive they may have to park it at some distance and walk to this place. Govt emporium sagarika is located inside the complex and is a must visit after the light and sound show.
  • Jail is a good plan to go and check the conditions and life standards, since they have a detailed explanation about it. Real pictures and real stories from some of the freedom fighters that were there. Going up you will experience a great view. At nights they have lights and sound shows, English ones are really late 10:00 pm so be aware of timings.
  • One of the only places to see in Port Blair. Too crowded but well maintained property. You can opt for a guide who can give you history behind this cellular jail. This place closes at 5 and after that there is a light and sound show. The show turned out to be boring one. They could have setup a laser show or something interesting but rather its just sound from the background and lights thrown on the objects. Some audio tour devices would have helped to understand the history behind each and every part of this jail as many times the guides are not audible or its too crowded to catch up with his pace.

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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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