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Label : Top Attraction

Tags : Museum

Timings : National Memorial: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Entry Fee :
Entry Ticket: INR 30
Camera: INR 200
Video Camera: INR 1000
Film shooting per day with prior permission: INR 10,000

How To Reach Cellular Jail : The cellular Jail is located within the city of Port Blair. The best way to reach the jail complex is by hiring your own private cab as the public transport in Andaman isn't well developed. Else, you can also take an auto-rickshaw to reach your destination.

Light and Sound Show :

When: every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

Hindi Show Timings : 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM,
English Show Timings: 7:15 PM 

Price per head: INR 50

Also known as : Kala Pani

Constructed and Completed on : The construction of the jail began in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906

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Cellular Jail, Andaman Overview

The Cellular Jail, also known as 'Kala Pani' is an old colonial prison situated in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar islands. Constructed by the Britishers during their colonial rule in India, the jail was used particularly to exile Indian political prisoners. It was used to house many notable freedom fighters such as Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

The jail complex is now owned by the Government of India and it is recognised as the national memorial monument that showcases the life of prisoners during the British era. Cellular Jail stands as a prominent tourist attraction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where visitors can learn about its history and also enjoy a light show held in memory of all the prisoners who were imprisoned here.

Today, the Cellular Jail is a solemn reminder of all the struggles the Indian freedom fighters undertook while fighting for independence, and is an integral part of India's history.

Cellular Jail Highlights

1. Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show

Cellular Jail Light and Sound Show
In memory of the brave martyrs, the Cellular Jail authorities organize a light and sound show every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The light and sound show not only transforms the cellula (Read More)r jail into a beautiful stage of a live performance but also narrates the heart-wrenching history of the independence movement along with the lives of the prisoners in the jail during the British era.
Timings: The Hindi show timings are 6:00 PM and 7:15 PM, whereas there is only one English show at 7:15 PM
Charges: INR 50 per head. 

2. Architecture of Cellular Jail

Architecture of Cellular Jail
The complex of the cellular jail is the true depiction of the standing history of the Indian Independence leaders during their time in exile in the jail. The original building was a puce-coloured cons (Read More)truction and was named "Cellular Jail" on the basis of its architecture. The prison is divided into seven wings which divert from the main tower in seven different directions.

Each of the wings consisted of 693 solitary cells instead of rooms or dormitories. The cells were a mere 4.5 by 2.7 meters with a small ventilator, such that the face of a cell saw the ack of the other, making any communication impossible. The construction of the small cells of the jail in itself is evidence of the cruelty that Indian leaders had to face in order to free this country from British rule.

3. Cellular Jail Memorial

Cellular Jail Memorial
After Independence in 1947, many members of the 'Ex-Andaman Political Prisoner's Fraternity Circle' visited the prison. After debates and discussions with the Government, it was decided that the jail (Read More)must be preserved and the Cellular Jail was declared a National Memorial without making any substantial charge to its edifice. The Prime Minister dedicated the memorial to the people of India on 11th February 1979.

As you enter the building, the entrance block opens into an exhibition gallery which has photos of our freedom fighters. A gallery of the First War of Independence and an Old Photograph gallery is also housed in the museum premises. The first floor of the building has an Art Gallery, Netaji Gallery and a Library on Freedom Movement. A flame of Freedom-Swatantrya Jyot burns here eternally in the memory of all freedom fighters and martyrs who lost their life for the honour of the country.

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Pranjali Kureel

on Cellular Jail 6 years ago
My experience with the Cellular Jail was a bit unusual as it was a mixture of pain and pleasure. While the lush greenery, beautiful scenic view from the terrace and a peaceful environment were captiv (Read More)ating; the narrow cells, gallows and work-shed testifying to the dark truths of the infamous ‘Kaale Pani ki saza’ were extremely heart wrenching. The lights and sounds show in the evening took us back to those times, talking about the experiences of the inmates and gave us a sense of pride. Make sure you get the tickets well in time as they get sold out quickly. Don’t forget to take your Debit card with you as it would be needed to buy the tickets.

Archana Tanwar

on Cellular Jail 6 years ago
Although I didn't find the light show interesting at all, bt the view from the top of jail ( esp the beach )are so amazing dat it's completely worth it to go there

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