The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani (Black Water), was a colonial prison situated in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India. The prison was used by the British especially to exile political prisoners to the remote archipelago. Many notable dissidents such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar, among others, were imprisoned here during the struggle for India's independence.
The Cellular Jail used to be one of the biggest jails in Asia. Today this place is a famous national monument.
Today, the complex serves as a national memorial monument. It was constructed by the British Government during 1896 to 1906. Many notable freedom fighters of the great Indian freedom movement such as Batukeshwar Dutt and the renowned Veer Savarkar, were imprisoned here during that time.
The building had seven wings, at the centre 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 wheel. A large bell was kept in the tower to raise an alarm. Each of the seven wings had three stories upon completion.
Andaman Islands was taken over by Japanese troops in 1942 during WWII, and in a surprise turn, saw many British troops as inmates.
The main attraction of this place is its museum, that exhibits the prison life and hardships faced by great Indian political prisoners.
You can also see the sound and light show that narrates the historical events regarding this place. In this you can observe the saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in “SOUND & LIGHT SHOW” in Cellular Jail.
Visit to Cellular jail: Between 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Light & Sound Show:
Hindi Show – On all Days @ 06 : 00 pm
English Shows – Only on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays @ 07 : 00 pm