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.


Ross Island named after the marine surveyor Sir Daniel Ross. This island served as the capital to the Britishers from 1858 to 1941, later Japanese conquered it and converted it to a ‘POW site’ and left their imprint in the form of bunkers. The small island, with its treasure of ruins, became the hot tourists spot in the Island, ruins of the church, Chief Commissioner’s house, the Cathedral and graveyard of the Britishers and few other important landmarks which today is hugged by wild wines and huge roots and trunks of century old trees. Ross Island is about 2 km east of Port Blair less than a square kilometer and can be reached by ferries from Water Sports Complex except on Wednesday.


The saga of the heroic freedom struggle, brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, in the Cellular Jail, is very popular among the tourists. Two Hindi shows on all days at 6:00 pm and at 7:15 pm except on Monday, Wednesday & Friday when second show is in English at 7:15 pm. Tickets (comprising of tickets for the boat, show as well as entry to Ross Island) are available on first come first serve basis from the reception counter of Directorate of Tourism from 8.30 am to 3.00 pm on the same day.


Chidiya Tapu is a small village with lush green mangroves armed all around ending with pristine creamy sands, wrapping tranquil islands and forest bestowed with numerous chirping birds making it an ideal picnic spot. It is the southernmost tip of South Andaman Island situated at a distance of 28 km from Port Blair. It is famous for the Chidiya Tapu Biological Park, the Munda Pahar beaches, bird watching, not-to-miss sunset view and scenic view vermillion of sand and oceanic view during sun set is a perfect place for nature lovers.


Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park is a national park of India sited in famous Wandoor beach, 29 km from Port Blair by road. Well known for picturesque beauty, calm waters, blindingly white sand and is very popular amongst tourist. The park was created 24th May 1983 under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 to protect marine life such as the corals and nesting sea turtles prevalent in the area. Most of the coral reefs in the park are fringing reefs.


JOLLY BUOY ISLAND is a part of Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park. It is very famous for under water corals and the pristine clear beach. Visitors can enjoy the underwater coral view through snorkeling, Scuba diving or from the glass bottom boat. Jolly buoy can be reached through boats leaves by 9.00am. Make sure to reach Wandoor beach before 9.00am. All the boats leave at the same time and come back together. Prior permit and entry tickets are required to avail this trip.


It is known for its spectacular white-sand beach endlessly sunshine at Beach No: 7. It is one of the most distinct beaches in India and is often considered to be one of the best beaches in Asia. Radhanagar beach is also rated as one of the best beaches in Asia by TIME Magazine in 2004. The beach stretches to a distance of about 12 km from the Havelock islands wharf and 38 km from Port Blair Connected via Sea way, attracts a lot of tourists from across the world. The blue waters are calm and shines with sunlight with very little or no waves. There are a huge number of activities include snorkeling, boating, scuba diving, fishing etc. The beach is, however, popular for peace loving people as it is almost vacant and the bliss of solitude embedded in the environment is a surplus to them.


Vijaynagar Beach with white sands and pebbles and clear blue waters, lined by lush green trees unaware of crowd, you will find yourself content here. This beach is perfect for long walks along the sea with your love.