Best time to visit10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open hours9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM, Closed on Mondays and Public holidays
Things to doHistoric tours, photography
BudgetAdults- INR 10, Children below 5 years- Free, Still Camera- INR 25, Video Camera- INR 100
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank2 out of 36 attractions in Port Blair
Located in the Nicobar Islands, this jail rose to prominence during the British Raj in India. Many a social activist have spent days and months in this jail as a result of protests against the British rule. The building of this prison started in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906, The other name of this place is the Kala Pani Jail. During the British rule, any person who used to raise their voices against the British used to be trapped punished and imprisoned in the Viper Jail or the Andaman Cellular Jail and were tortured till death. Many brave men perished due to the intolerable pain.
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Reviews of Cellular Jail • 22
We lazed the day whole day off by driving along the coastline again and visiting the Cellular Jail.
Between 1857 and 1943, hundreds of political prisoners and revolutionaries of India’s freedom struggle against British colonialism, were confined in solitary cells in this penitentiary in Port Blair. Also known as Kala Pani, the Cellular Jail was converted into a museum after independence and is now among one of the most heartbreaking relics of India’s colonialist history. A spectacular light and sound show tells the story of the prisoners who were destined to live out the rest of their lives in confinement.Entry fee: ₹30 per person, ₹50 for the sound and light show and ₹200 for camera.Opening hours: 9 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 4.45 pmBest time to visit: All year round.Nearest railway station: There is no railway station in Andaman & Nicobar islands. However, Port Blair is the nearest airport with flights flying in from all major Indian cities.
This place is for those who want to explore the story of Andaman before it beacme a tourist attraction. The entry cost is 30₹ and if you want to watch the sound and light show, then you need to pay 50₹ extra. There are 2 shows daily, one at 6:45 pm (Hindi) and other at 7:45 pm (Hindi/English).If you decide to visit this place then do try the chenna aloo papdi chaat outside the jail. (30₹)
Arrive at Port Blair by Morning Flight. Check in and Take some Rest.Head out for a visit to the famous Colonial prison(Cellular Jail or Kala Paani). Later, enjoy a picturesque sunset at Corbyn's Cove beach.
Apart from the island, you could also spend a day or two exploring Port Blair. Make sure you visit the historic Cellular Jail, the famous spot where Indian revolutionaries were incarcerated during the freedom struggle. The individual cells (measuring 13.5 ft x 7 ft) were constructed in such a way that prisoners could not communicate with one another, in order to keep them divided. The memorial monument has some great architecture, and also houses gallows and other cruel memories of the kalapani. A spectacular sound and light show is also staged every evening at the jail. Narrated by an old peepal tree in the complex (which was witness to all the horrors in the jail), the spellbinding show is a moving tribute to all those nameless faces who laid down their lives for the sake of the nation. It serves as a reminder to all Indians about the freedom struggle–‘lest we forget’. You could also head to Corbyn’s Cove beach, a small curve of sand backed by palms. It makes a nice little spot to lounge in and relax.Shopping tip: The Khadi Gram Udyog in Port Blair is the best place to pick up some knick-knacks to carry back home. You could also head to the Sagarika Government Cottage Industries Emporium that exhibits a spectrum of artifacts made of mother of pearl, sea shells and local wood products along with miniatures of Nicobari canoes, palm mats, furniture, etc. And if you're looking to buy some of the famous local supari, then head to Aberdeen market.
Our agent arranged for our tickets in advance otherwise, we would have to stand in a long queue. It is very difficult to get the tickets on your own and there are fixed timings for the show. Hence, it is wise to book your tickets in advance. The light and sound show was about the struggle of the inmates of the Cellular Jail, mainly focusing on Veer Savarkar. It's worth to go there once, although you might find it too long to endure.You can also visit the Cellular Jail in the afternoon. We missed the visit as the ticket counter closes at 4:00 pm.
Cellular JailTimings:Visiting hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pmLight and Sound show timings: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Hindi) 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm (English)Admission cost is Rs.10.The jail remains closed on Monday and during Public Holidays.No introduction is needed for cellular jail. This star shaped jail has witnessed sacrifices of our freedom fighters, serving as a national memorial monument today. The story told during ‘Light and sound show’ will surely give you goose bumps.Important: First day is very crucial to plan your trip further. Book tickets for the Cruise, Scooty, Scuba diving, Sea walking in advance to avoid confusion and save money and time.
Cellular jail is most popular site in Port Blair and was build by British to keep prisoners away from mainland. All the Prisoners were kept isolated and were brutally tortured. Notable freedom fighter Veer Savarkar were imprisoned here for decade long. However, today the jail is transformed into a national monument.
Day 6: After breakfast half day local sightseeing in and around Port Blair. Visit Cellular Jail, Chattam Saw Mill, Museum and Aquarium etc.This Trip has turned me into a story teller. My journey ends here with the city sight seeing but the adventure doesn't end here. I will keep exploring and paint them every single Time.With Love,From Andaman Islands.
And of course! The cellular jail...the house of history. Emotional and informative. The sound and light show was informative, but not so hard hitting. What was hard hitting though were the stories and the structure of the prison. Can human beings treat other human beings this way?! Seems very much yes! You come back much grateful for the freedom earned for you! VISITED HAVELOCK ISLAND
Pay a tribute to freedom fighters at Cellular JailDo not miss the light and sound show here in the evening that will make you feel proud of being an Indian.
The awe-inspiring light and sound show at the infamous Cellular Jail is one of the most popular things to do in Andaman.
Our next stop was the Cellular jail which has a painful history very aptly depicted through the light and sound show. A walk around the jail and thinking of all the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters is definitely going to give you goose bumps. The next day we were supposed to travel to one of the most happening places of the Andaman - the Havelock island, that was a good two hours from Port Blair by ship.
The first look at the jail's entrance gave me goosebumps. We were actually entering the infamous and well-known KaalaPaani. The valor, sacrifice, eagerness to die for the motherland and courage of our freedom fighters seemed to peep from each of those cells there. The front ground has a V shaped stretch of the real prison cells symmetrically built and boasting of the architectural beauty. There are 2 timings for the light and sound show in the evening. One at 6:15 pm and the second one at 7:15 pm(for details, see the attached photos). The entire show takes you long back in time and narration by Om Puri leaves a mark. Knowing the hardships faced by Veer Savarkar(Port Blair airport names after him) revive the patriotic hero in you. Its the time when you realize our country's painful and torturous past. It definitely is a must visit on one of the evenings and the park opposite to the Cellular Jail can be used to take a stroll later. The park has statues of few of the freedom fighters and is surrounded by small vendors for tea, sun-hats, jhaalmuri.
The Cellular Jail – or more popular as Kaala Paani – was a terrifying complex. It was well maintained with a nice courtyard and lawns but thinking of the history and the torture that the inmates were put through, anyone would cringe. As we entered, there was a hall with photos and exhibits depicting the making of the prison, the list of prisoners and the story behind this place. We proceeded to the cells which were locked with very innovative locks – would be impossible to pick it open from within.
Andaman was a place of exile and just this place is known as kaalapani Jail. In the evening this place exhibits great light and music show with narrative of the history about the islands.
This is pic from the Cellular Jail Museum. That’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who had come to inspect the Cellular Jail sometime in 1943. The Museum is really good and takes us back into the history of Andaman Islands.
Cellular Jail at night. Every day except for Monday, light and sound show takes place. It’s not to be missed. They tell stories about our brave countrymen, what they did to get us independence, about the suffering they went through for the country’s sake. Clearly not an easy ride !
When you go to this place, prefer taking a guide who can tell you about the history of the jail. In there, you can have see how the freedom fighters were kept in the jail and their lives inside it. They were given the same pot to defecate and to eat. Veer Savarkar is the most famous personality who wrote about his life inside the jail. It has a museum also which showcases the statues of the jail inmates to show how they were chained with several chains and the statues showing their punishments they had to do. Also, the light and sound show tells you about the life of the inmates through the dialogues of jail inmates like Bhagat Singh.
A bit of history and fight for freedom.
The light and sound show at Jail is just amazing. Takes you through the life journey of Jail.
For an island as sunny as Port Blair, it has its share of dark history. Once a British prison, the Cellular Jail (also known as Kala Pani) and its museum stand as a testament to the police rebels who shaped India's freedom struggle. A walk though its long, whitewashed corridors, past its barred cells (designed for solitary confinement) and through the courtyard (with stark details about the harsh conditions the prisoners were subjected to) will make for an interesting afternoon.