Cellular Jail
Cellular Jail
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Built between 1896 and 1908, this jail was home to hundreds of freedom fighters.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Journeyworthexplore
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soul Stirring Journey
    Soul-stirring journey of our freedom struggle. Not for the faint-hearted as it will deeply impact your mind as how painful the fighters fought for the freedom of our motherland. It's a must visit spot in Port Blair as this building stand tall telling the true tales of our heroes during those years under British rule.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Departure59761643205
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOSTALGIC, GREAT EXPERIENCE
    DO'S: Read about it before you arrive. There is a guided tour every half hour 1-5 persons Rs 200 Rs 25 for every extra person, recommend grouping with another couple if you are 2-3 only. Carry an Umbrella, water bottle. Do not write on the walls. Its a revered place so please maintain discipline. Getting there is through a One Way. We had hired an Auto for the Whole day , reasonable fare. It was great to have met our Auto Driver Mr. Sadai Gopal alias Google Gopal. His Facebok page is Sadai Tours and Travels. Not only he has a good knowledge of Port Blair, he is also extremely helpful and truly goes out of his way to help others. You can connect with him on +91-9933202151.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • MumbaiRiders
    Mumbai, India1,793 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cellular Jail
    CELLULAR JAIL" is situated on a hill at Atlanta point in close proximity to Marina Bay. Joined a small guided tour brushing up my own history knowledge of the Indian Independence movement besides the luxury of visiting sites studied in text books during my school years.A very well maintained museum within the "Cellular Jail" complex consisting of different sections. The construction of the prison started in 1896 and was completed in 1906. The original building was a puce-coloured brick building. The bricks used to build the building were brought from Burma.The building had seven wings, at the center of which a tower served as the intersection and was used by guards to keep watch on the inmates.The wings radiated from the tower in straight lines, much like the spokes of a bicycle.Each of the seven wings had three stories upon completion. There were no dormitories and a total of 696 cells.Today only 2 wings of the former 7 wings of the jail are preserved as a museum.Visited the 3 storey prison building and the cell at the extreme end of the 3rd floor in which Veer.Damodar.Savarkar was kept prisoner.After Sunset there is a "Light and Sound" show on the grounds of the "Cellular Jail".The "Sound and Light" show is World class and requires advance booking.If visiting Port Blair a visit to "Cellular Jail" as well as "Sound and Light" show is mandatory.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Mike Purnell
    Bridgnorth, United Kingdom214 contributions
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    It's good that The Freedom Fighters and the prison are remembered.
    The first part was most informative and very moving. We had read about the islands being used during British rule to imprison those who made trouble and against British rule, but had no idea how badly treated the prisoners were. We were disappointed that the sound and light show was only being done in Hindi. It's good that The Freedom Fighters and the prison are remembered.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Preeti Chandra
    Gurgaon District, India64 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place in Port Blair. Can’t miss the light and sound show.
    A must visit place if you are in Andaman, so much of history, sacrifice, torture and courage of your freedom fighters witnessed here ! The light and sound is a must see thing, you just can’t miss it. Tickets are online only and needs to be pre booked.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 November 2023
  • Meens_2012
    Pune, India106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    Muat visit, esp for all Indian nationals. Daytime tour plus aound and light show (book sound and light tickets from govt website in advance). You can club the 2 activities also. First sound and light show is at 5.40. weekends are usually sold out esp if large groups are touring. We found a cabbie -cum-guide who wasbvery enterprising and helped us around port Blair, to Baratang and even helped us plan our itinerary ahead. He is very helpful and knowledgeable and is always on time. In fact, he suggested places and helped us visit Baratang very smoothly. Praveen: 9933288856 Very reliable. Also has pickup and drop from Airport.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Anxietyvlogs19
    Mumbai, India9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit
    The light and sound show is worth the money, it's already very economically priced, and it will make you emotional when you learn about all the sacrifices our freedom fighters made and all the torture they put up with to give us freedom. Wonderfully portrayed, this show is available at different times and in English and hindi. The entry to the cellular jail is chargeable separately and the light show is charged separately. You can visit andamantourism site to book tickets. There's a lot of walking to do around the jail, we opted for a guided tour which only costs 200/- INR. Definitely worth a visit, also don't miss the garden opp the cellular jail which has the statues of freedom fighters, you can also read their info on plaques installed below the statues. There are washrooms available in the premises, carry drinking water since there's a bit of walking around to do, so you'll need to stay hydrated. Wear comfortable footwear. Reaching here is easy, you can take a rickshaw or hire a scooter, while in port blair.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 March 2024
  • Pushkar M
    Jorhat, India31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place. Must visit once.
    Definitely worth a visit. Can take a guide for better understanding the history n for a quick visit. without a guide also possible but for an extensive visit may take upto 2-3 hrs. The light show can be seen though not a must do according to me. Overall, must visit once.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2024
  • SBR
    Mumbai, India41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to Cellular Jail, Port Blair
    A visit to Cellular Jail is a must if you visit Port Blair along with the sound and light show at night. It reminds you of the atrocities wreaked by the British on our freedom fighters especially Veer Damodar Savarkar. It also shows how the Congress Governments in the past white washed our history to ignore such freedom fighters and their contributions.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 March 2024
  • vishal jarewal
    Amritsar, India49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical
    Very well maintained jail with lots of historical significance. A must visit when on vacation to Andamans. It offers us to revisit that period of before independence and lets us feel the atrocities and punishments that Britishers used to give our freedom fighters. It truly fills u with patriotism when u see the light and sound show.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 March 2024
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Passport00257214474
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Apr 2024 • Family
see the Light & Sound show forst and then take a tour of the Cell Jail. You will recall the history and the experience give you the goose bumps !
Written 4 May 2024
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Manita
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Apr 2024 • Couples
This is a must have experience for a history enthusiast. The place is all about India and its freedom fighters. The light and sound show amazingly showcases the struggles of Indian freedom. Only for people who like to indulge themselves with history.
Written 1 May 2024
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Jet07932237799
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Mar 2024 • Family
One must try to go for the hindi show if one is fluent with the language. The lighting and the sound after a point feels like you're in the situation with the characters and one is so immeresed in the show and you come out of it in the real world still thinking about it. Must watch.
Written 11 April 2024
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK381 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Solo
This is the top thing to do at port blair. I agree with the other posts about indians should visit this jail to understand the cost of freedom and who fought for it. They were subdued to immense torture. You can spend about hour and half here if you're a history buff. There is 3 floors of cells, halls of the prisoners who were here plus lots of history. The heat was a little tense but I went in march.
Written 9 April 2024
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Radhika E
Bengaluru, India6 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Couples
I visited this in July 2018. I chose it because it was at the remote side of India and we repeatedly got messages that that city will go underwater and it had repeated earthquakes. I always chose cities that were least visited, distant and were impacted. This Jail gives you the vibe of all cruel atrocities that were faced by the prisoners. Do watch Swatantara Veer Sarkar movie to understand or get a feel of it. It gives you a perspective of all the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters.
Written 3 April 2024
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vishal jarewal
Amritsar, India49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Very well maintained jail with lots of historical significance. A must visit when on vacation to Andamans. It offers us to revisit that period of before independence and lets us feel the atrocities and punishments that Britishers used to give our freedom fighters. It truly fills u with patriotism when u see the light and sound show.
Written 27 March 2024
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SBR
Mumbai, India41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A visit to Cellular Jail is a must if you visit Port Blair along with the sound and light show at night. It reminds you of the atrocities wreaked by the British on our freedom fighters especially Veer Damodar Savarkar. It also shows how the Congress Governments in the past white washed our history to ignore such freedom fighters and their contributions.
Written 26 March 2024
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Pushkar M
Jorhat, India31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Definitely worth a visit. Can take a guide for better understanding the history n for a quick visit. without a guide also possible but for an extensive visit may take upto 2-3 hrs.
The light show can be seen though not a must do according to me. Overall, must visit once.
Written 20 March 2024
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Kusafiri@360degrees
Mumbai, India40 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Family
This place gave me imense feeling of patriotism. Light and Sound show is must watch.
Should be visited once in a life time.
Written 12 March 2024
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Anxietyvlogs19
Mumbai, India9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The light and sound show is worth the money, it's already very economically priced, and it will make you emotional when you learn about all the sacrifices our freedom fighters made and all the torture they put up with to give us freedom. Wonderfully portrayed, this show is available at different times and in English and hindi. The entry to the cellular jail is chargeable separately and the light show is charged separately. You can visit andamantourism site to book tickets.

There's a lot of walking to do around the jail, we opted for a guided tour which only costs 200/- INR.

Definitely worth a visit, also don't miss the garden opp the cellular jail which has the statues of freedom fighters, you can also read their info on plaques installed below the statues.

There are washrooms available in the premises, carry drinking water since there's a bit of walking around to do, so you'll need to stay hydrated. Wear comfortable footwear.

Reaching here is easy, you can take a rickshaw or hire a scooter, while in port blair.
Written 11 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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