Cellular Jail, Port Blair

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The Cellular Jail, also known as Kālā Pānī, was a colonial prison in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence. Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument.
Although the prison complex itself was constructed between 1896 and 1906, the British had been using the Andaman islands as a prison since the days in the immediate aftermath of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
Shortly after the rebellion was suppressed, the British executed many rebels. Those who survived were exiled for life to the Andamans to prevent their re-offending. Two hundred rebels were transported to the islands under the custody of the jailer David Barry and Major James Pattison Walker, a military doctor who had been warden of the prison at Agra. Another 733 from Karachi arrived in April, 1868. In 1863, the Rev. Henry Fisher Corbyn, of the Bengal Ecclesiastical Establishment, was also sent out there and he set up the 'Andamanese Home' there, which was also a repressive institution albeit disguised as a charitable one. Rev. Corbyn was posted in 1866 as Vicar to St. Luke's Church, Abbottabad, and later died there and is buried at the Old Christian Cemetery, Abbottabad. More prisoners arrived from India and Burma as the settlement grew. Anyone who belonged to the Mughal royal family, or who had sent a petition to Bahadur Shah Zafar during the Rebellion was liable to be deported to the islands.
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  • A must do pilgrimage for all Indians. And for others, must see the light and sound show in the evening.  more »
  • A visit to cellular jail is a must for all tourists who come to this island. The historical site is well preserved spotlessly clean with all facilities. The visit for most is an emotionally overwhelmi...  more »
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  • Light and sound show is very basic compared to the International standards. No video and nothing engages the audience for almost 60 mins. You can conveniently skip the light and sound show. Day visit is pretty much useful where you can see the magnificent structure in detail and you also get a chance to see some photo archives which are interesting. This facility should strictly impose some dress code on the visitors as this is looked upon as a place of sacrifice and we Indians should show some basic respect at least by wearing appropriate outfits. The visitors should also try to remain calm while going through the jail.
  • Reminds us of the times our independence activists spent inside jails so that we could enjoy this freedom. A visit to jail may incite feeling of some patriotism in you. Although it totally depends on you. The cellular jail is a magnificent structure. Beautiful but tragic.
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