Cellular village has seen many bloodsheds – it was made by the freedom fighters to be tortured here. Even before the jail’s construction, the island was a prison of India’s first war of independence of 1857. Cellular Jail In Andaman, reflects one of the murkiest chapters in colonial rule’s history. It is a mute witness of many heinous acts, and British soldiers put on the villagers. In 1906, the jail was constructed entirely and was named ‘cellular’ because cells were made for each prison rather than accommodating them in one documentary.
Initially, there were seven prolonged, puce-colored buildings with a central tower. Later, the building was subsequently damaged, leaving behind three wings intact. In the daily life of prisoners, executions were frequent, and many were made to undergo hard labor. Each cell of the prison is 13.5 feet high, 7 feet wide, and houses one convict in solitary confinement. Without a doubt, this structure is one of the most historically prominent buildings in India. For this reason and intent, cellular jail is a must-visit spot while on the trip to Andaman.
Getting there: To reach the cellular jail, one can take a taxi, rickshaw, bus, or minibusses from anywhere in the city.
Things to do & see in and around
Attending the sound and light show at the cellular jail in the evening is a must over a holiday in Andaman. It has been declared as the national memorial off. Lately, it houses freedom fighters’ photos and an exhibition gallery on the ground floor. The first floor of the building has an art gallery, Netaji Gallery, and a library on the freedom movement. A gallery dedicated to the first war of independence and a gallery of old photographs is also there in the museum. Right in the center of the jail, there’s swatantrya jyoti, erected in the memory of all freedom fighters.
- 09:00 Am to 12:30 pm, 01:30 pm to 04:45 pm (open all days except national holidays)
Timings of sound-light show
- Hindi: 06:00 pm & 07:15 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
- English: 07:15 pm, Monday, Wednesday & Friday
The entry fee (sound-light show) for an adult is 50/- (INR)
- Entry fee (INR): Rs 30/-
- Camera: Rs 200/-
- Video camera: Rs 1000/-
- Film shooting per day with prior permission: rs 10000/-
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the cellular jail will be October to march. On average, the region witnessed an average temperature of almost 22° celsius, which is just the perfect to go for a sightseeing tour.