Cellular Jail Overview

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During the British occupation of India, the prisoners were sent to Cellular Jail, to keep them far off from the revolution. Once in these places, it was very difficult to get out and this led to the death of a number of prisoners. After a brief occupation by the Japanese forces during World War II, the town of Port Blair became the base of the Azad Hind Fauj.

The execution rooms, the cells, the torture rooms and different areas of the jail are open for public viewing. Presently, there are no prisoners and the jail is open to visitors.

Inside the compound of the Cellular Jail a well maintained, beautiful garden has been created. There is a light and sound show every day at 5 pm in Hindi and 6 pm in English.

There is a small museum at the jail gates where pictures and replicas of the inmates have been preserved along with the dreaded torturing equipments. A Martyr’s memorial has been constructed inside the jail, and a gallery in the building can be found which comprises of 7 regions with 3 floors for cells and the 4th floor which was used as a watch tower. The Gobind Ballav Pant Hospital is located inside the jail premises.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
9:00 AM -7:15 PM
9:00 AM -7:15 PM
9:00 AM -7:15 PM
Public Holidays:
9:00 AM -7:15 PM

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Mitali deshmukh

Mitali deshmukh5.0/5

3 reviews

A must visit for each and every person

Cellular Jail is place which tells the importance of our freedom, which tells the pain Indian freedom fighters have gone through for giving us the life we live today . . You need at least 1. 30 to 2 hours to visit the whole place and later another 1 hour for the light and sound show in the evening. The guides are available at the jail who take you through the whole jail giving the brief about history. You can also visit the cell where Veer Savarkar was kept. It's a lot of walking and the weather is very hot all the time, so you better be in comfortable footwear and clothes. A water bottle is must while you are inside. Jail closes at 5 and reopens at 5. 15 for light and sound show and the next show timings are 6. 15 and 7. 15.

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  • A must visit for each and every person
  • A must visit for each and every person
  • A must visit for each and every person
  • A must visit for each and every person

Tejas Pandya

Tejas Pandya2.9/5

44 reviews

Very historical where independence urge started

Frankly speaking it is very sad place to be. There's nothing to be excited about the light and sound show as well. Most of us are aware of the history of Kala Pani. But, what exactly happened there is told in the show. We felt sleepy as there was no connection with light and sound at all. Its just like someone is giving speech and lights moving here and there.

Tarit Ray

Tarit Ray5.0/5

56 reviews

Mind Numbing Visit to this Memorial

A visit to this hellish place makes you shudder at the atrocities that our freedom fighters underwent to secure this precious freedom. Imagine where we struggled to survive for even 1 hour of sun, they spent decades under harsh British prison laws. The Sound and light show explains the story beautifully and the visit during the day time makes you learn more. A sombre Place.

Paddy Nair

Paddy Nair5.0/5

11 reviews

Brilliant Site!

This is a "must visit" for every Indian. The Sound and light show is wonderful and is so crowded that people fight for seats. So make sure that your tickets are PUCCA and have a seat number. This jail is all about Veer Sarvarkar and so is the garden opposite. The cells are well kept and well maintained by the authorities. A nice walk around. Informative!

Surendra singh saini

Surendra singh saini5.0/5

5 reviews

Cellular Jail

Cellular jail visit tickets counter closes at 1600. So please reach before 1600 hrs. It remains close on Wednesday. So plan accordingly. Light and sound first show start from 1730 hrs. To 1830 hrs . For this ticket is to be purchased from counter through wi fi or manual. This ticket system is also not good. Ticketing system needs much improvement. This great site is to be kept open 7 days in a week. The sitting capacity of light and sound show to be increased, to avoid the inconvenience to the tourists.

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2 reviews

Cellular Jail

This historic once a seven spoke structure and now have three spokes only is the pride of Port Blair. In the day time they allow a visit inside the jail and one can see the cubicles and go on the top of this three storied building. In the evening there is a magnificent light and sound show depicting the history of Indian independence struggle raising patriotic emotions.

Antima Jain

Antima Jain5.0/5

3 reviews

Our unforgettable history Kalapani

The day time visit to cellular jail was unforgettable as it was full of history and makes one Emotional how few of our brothers were torchered, beaten, given pain which had no limits. The visit will tell our kids that this freedom that we are enjoying is too precious. Every school in India should plan an educational trip to cellular jail to make them learn importance of freedom and give value to Indian made goods and products. As in french people don't entertain English a lot, same way we Indians should also do. But it becomes more memorable when we saw the evening show. It should be a must visit by everyone. Astha place means a lot. Please do take guide to enjoy in real sense. And in meantime, visit to jail and show, you can visit near by beach to relax and have fun.

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Aby john thampi

Aby john thampi3.0/5

2 reviews

Used to be the jail with the largest no. Of cells.

It is easy to relate to this place if you have seen the movie 'Kala Pani'. A great architectural marvel and a historical piece reminding us of british colonial torture and our freedom fight against it. There is beautiful 'light and sound show' telling about the story of the Cellular jail.
  • Used to be the jail with the largest no. Of cells.
  • Used to be the jail with the largest no. Of cells.
  • Used to be the jail with the largest no. Of cells.
  • Used to be the jail with the largest no. Of cells.

Jagdish Bhatt

Jagdish Bhatt4.3/5

7 reviews

Andman nicobar island visit

Andman nicobar group of island is connected to indias freedom struggle as freedom fighters were imprisoned there as that place was far off from mainland. It was called kalapani punishment. After independence this has become a symbol of freedom struggle. Celluar jail is an monument now. There are many island there but specially havlock island is worth visiting as it has beauty clean beach. Than there are many water sports activities there. Travel by ship is another exterience for many. Should not visit in extreme summer

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Sneha Reddy

Sneha Reddy3.6/5

16 reviews

Do not miss it

I think you get the vibes right when you enter and the guide, with his almost perfect voice narrates the story of the brave heroes of our Independence era and how they were tortured by both, the British and Japanese people.The guide would cost you and your family, Rs. 200 which is pretty much worth it.We also went to the light show but if your native language is not hindi or some language similar, it is very difficult to grasp few words which was the situation in my case. But yes, it's a great one but it seems there is one in Ross Island as well and I would highly suggest that the live show isn't necessary if you have heard the guide well. He is amazing.

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