CELLULAR JAIL (National Memorial)
The Cellular Jail situated in Port Blair and also called Kaala Paani (black waters) today stands as an epitome of the past reminding of India’s struggle for freedom. The prison which was built in 1906 receives hundreds of tourists every day. Interestingly, the bricks used for building the prison were brought from Burma. The main purpose behind its construction was the solitary imprisonment of the convicts. Hence, it acquired the term Cellular Jail.
The establishment consisted of seven wings made up in a criss-cross pattern having a tower at the centre that was used by the security personnel to keep a close eye on the convicts. It had corridors akin to honeycomb; however, the building later got disfigured and now out of seven only three are intact. Several freedom fighters, such as Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar were imprisoned here. Today, the cellular prison has been transmuted into a hospital comprising multiple beds.
Currently the national memorial monument was constructed during the beginning of 20th century, from 1986 to 1906. One prime peculiarity of the architecture is the use of unique puce coloured bricks brought from Burma.
Timing:It will be open to public from 09:00 to 01:00 pm and from 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm.
Entry fee: For adult and children above 5 years of age: INR 10 per person
For still camera: INR 25 and for video camera: INR 100
Highlight: The Light and Sound Show arranged to transfer the history behind the existence of Cellular Jail is a major highlight.
Location: It is located at Atlanta Point which will take around 18 minutes to reach from Port Blair.