The Cellular jail is a major attraction of Andaman Island and situated in the capital city Port Blair. The British used the Andaman Islands as a prison. The jail was constructed and completed over a period of 10 years from 1896 to 1906. Each cell has a dimension of 13.5x7.5 ft. with a single window at a height of 9 ft. The jail originally had a spoke like structure having seven blocks joining at one place with a high minar which was used as the control tower. Front of one block looks at the back of the other block, thus depriving the prisoners of a single sight of a single man. Now only 3 wings left rest demolished for hospital. Only one wing is open to tourists. Each wing has 3 floors, each floor has 42 solitary cells, well-guarded by strong iron bars. Each cell is small, having a wooden piece to lie, a blanket, a small ventilator.
There are different items and pictures on display showing the history and how British warden tortured the Indian freedom fighters. There are two small museums (One on left and other one on right) as you enter from the main gate of jail. There is a Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose museum and art gallery on first floor.
There is one more art gallery in the shed between two prison builds. The names of different prisons from different parts of India are engraved on walls just under the watch tower on first floor. The view from roof of prison and watch tower is awesome. Every evening there is light and sound show. The light and sound show is a must see, starts at 530 pm daily, and lasts 1 hour.
30 INR (per person)
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Light and Sound Show
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (Hindi) and 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM (English)
Allowed 25 INR
Allowed 100 INR
Monday and during public holidays