The cellular jail, now declared as a national memorial is situated at Port Blair in Andaman. Its construction begun in the year 1896 and was completed in 1906. into this horried world were sent patriots who dare to raise their voice against British Raj. Thousand of freedom fighter and convicts languished for years in solitary confinement in the cells of this jails each measuring 4X2.7 m. having small ventilation at a height of 3 mts. Front from the floor. Also there is a Museum, an Art gallery and a photo gallery.
The penal settlement established in Andamans by the British after the First War of Independence in 1857 was the beginning of the agonising story of freedom fighters in the massive and awful jails at Viper Island followed by the Cellular Jail. The patriots who raised their voice against the British Raj were sent to this Jail, where many perished. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose hoisted the tri-colour flag to proclaim Independence on 30th December 1943 at a place near this Jail.
This three-storeyed prison, constructed by Britishers in 1906, is a pilgrimage destination for freedom fighters. This colossal edifice has mutely witnessed the most treacherous of inhumane atrocities borne by the convicts, who were mostly freedom fighters. Now dedicated to the nation as a National Memorial.
The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in a moving Son-et-Lumiere, shown daily inside the jail compound at 6.00 PM (Hindi) and 7.15 PM (English). Also there is a Museum, an Art gallery, and a Photo gallery, which are open on all days except Monday from 9.00 AM to 12 Noon and 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM.
Andaman’s airport is at Port Blair. It is connected to Chennai and Calcutta. There are number of flights from Port Blair to other Airports. During the tourist seasons discounted airfares are provided by the airlines.
The Islands in Andaman are well linked by Sea. About 4 times in a month, cruises are available from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair, which takes about 60 to 66 hours journey. The deluxe A/C cabin fare is about Rs 6000 per person and second class cabin costs about Rs 4000 per person. Ships from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair take about 56 hrs and the frequency is once in a month.