Cellular Jail National Memorial

Price Range

30 - 200.00

Reviews

4.6

Overview

This is probably one of the few jails, which is not famous for prisoners but famous for its historical significance. Located at Port Blair, Andaman Nicobar Island, this jail is the main tourist attraction of this place. Your journey is incomplete without climbing the stairs of the jail and then has a very good view of the Bay of Bengal.

The scenic beauty of the Bay of Bengal, Outstanding architecture, and historical significance in India’s freedom struggle to push the tourist to place this place at the first position in the travel bucket. Before independence, Port Blair was only famous almost for this jail. The punishment of staying in this jail is called “Kalapani” back then due to its less accessibility with the remaining part of India. The construction of this jail started in 1896 and completed in 1906. Before independence, a person who received Kalapani, are imprisoned there.Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh leader, Vinayak Damodar Sawarkar was imprisoned in this place for 7 long years. It also has a historical significance in World War II. As England and Japan are adversaries in the world war II, Japan attacked this place with the help from Subhash Chandra Bose and destroyed four of the seven wings.

 

 

Why is it famous?

The place is famous for View of Bay of Bengal from its roof. Kalapani Punishment, Imprisonment of V D Sawarkar is also making it special. Currently, this place also holds a museum, where a tourist can get the audiovisual details of this historical marvelous place. When you will take a closer look at the cells, you may realize the torture given to the independence fighters. Cells are very small and had no ventilation.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Thursday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Friday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Saturday : 09:00 am to 05:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Bus : As it’s located on the island, no road connectivity is available to this place from outside the Port Blair. 
  • By Train :  No train service is available. Train service can be availed till Kolkata, Chennai, Vishakapatnam.
  • By Flight : Direct flight service is available from Chennai and Kolkata. This two metro city is the main connecting point of this place with the whole of India.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • For Individuals : Rs 30
  • For Foreigners : Rs 100
  • For Camera : Rs 200

Tourist attractions

Colored in massive puce, this place holds everything a tourist may ask from a place. Some of the attraction is as follows:

Feeling the pain of Freedom Fighters-

Just imagine our freedom fighters cramped inside those tiny cells with no humane things. This place is constructed to destroy every prisoner from the body and soul. But hats off to their courage, they did not bow down in front of the British. Firstly Freedom fighters were charged with sedition and then sent to this place for inhuman punishment. Various people who have seen this place before independence have written about the punishment extensively. You may feel the pain and agony of those fighters.

Light and sound show-

Every day after sunset the show starts, the closing time is around 5.00 PM and a separate ticket is required for viewing this light and sound show costing rupees 50. The show is held in the open ground.

Watching the Bay of Bengal from the roof of the Jail-

If you visited cellular jail and did not watch the vast Bay of Bengal from the roof, then you will be sorry for that. The scene of Ocean from Top is soothing. Sea breeze comes to your face and you may observe a large part of the ocean and the beautiful Port Blair city.

Museum-

This place also had a much-decorated museum. In this museum, you will get to know all the historical and present facts about this place. The visit to this museum is free of cost.

Photography Paradise-

 If you love clicking photos, then be ready to get exhausted by clicking the photos but the urge to click will not get down. Photography can be done in this place with a non-profession camera without paying extra.




 

Recommendation: Do’s and Don’ts

Do not visit at this place is monsoon, as there is always a chance of connectivity disruption due to cyclones.

Address

Cellular Jail Museum, Atlanta Point, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

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RAM PAUL
RAM PAUL
07/09/2020 19:23
a very good collection. gives a chance to learn and realize how things happened there. computer based information is also available
Seerapthy
Seerapthy
03/02/2020 07:49
Really it's a great memorial for us. It will say the story of our freedom fighters You could learn a lot here. The jail light show was very good and don't miss the light show when you go there It's available in both Hindi and English please go for English for better experience This cellular jail main place in Port Blair Watch the beauty of Ross Island and North bay Island from the top
ANKIT SANWAREY
ANKIT SANWAREY
06/09/2020 22:37
Cellular jail Museum is one of the best place in the Andaman and Nicobar Island to visit the light and sound show happens there at every evening at 5:00 p.m. visitors have to collect the ticket from their travel partners the ticket contains seat number of the visitors and they can occupy the seat light and sound show start with the sound of Mr Om Puri and the duration of the light and sound show is about to one and half hour our the cellular jail is famous for Veer Savarkar the light and sound show shows the journey of starting and end of a cylinder jail and the Prisoner. Before starting of show you can have a small entry in the jail and you can see the cellular jail museum and also plan the stairs to see the most famous Veer Savarkar sale and then can explore other thing also believe me it is the most romantic evening with patriotic theme you can spend with your love
Brain Companion
Brain Companion
07/10/2020 19:58
Must visit the place in Andaman. Cellular jail aka kala pani is an old colonial prison situated in Port Bair. Patriotic place. You can Book your ticket for light show online at Cellular jail using their WiFi. Light show is excellent. Must watch.
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
01/18/2020 04:56
This is a National monument. The guide is very good and explains well. Out of total 7 blocks originally built, 4 blocks ruined in earth quake and world war II. Now only 3 blocks are remaining and well maintained by the government. Very interesting to know so many facts about our freedom struggle. A very special and must visit place. After visiting the place i became even more patriotic and felt very proud of the freedom fighters.

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FAQs

Public transport is not available in Port Blair or Andaman so you can take either a rickshaw or walk to the jail.
This place is open for tours every day except Monday. The timing is from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5 pm.
Yes, there is not a single reason to think twice before visiting this place. This place has everything. All types of food outlets are available nearby. But it is advisable to visit the nearby Aberdeen Market for all types of food with the various price ranges. Adi Bengali, Amaya, Excel, Ananda, Mandalay are some of the famous places to ear. 
There are 696 cells in the cellular jail and each cell a 14.8 ft × 8.9 ft in size with ventilators in each cell.
Cellular jail opens from 9 am to 5 pm.It is usually closed on Monday and on national holidays.
Generally, there are no private guides available in this place. You may firstly visit the museum for information that may be needed to explore. 
Also known as Kala Pani, it is located in Andaman and Nicobar islands.It was a prison used by the Britishers before India's independance.
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