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