The Cellular Jail

Strange as it sounds, visiting the notorious Cellular Jail ranks high on the list of most visitors to the Andamans. Situated in Port Blair, and also known as Kaala Pani, this was a prison constructed by the British during their colonial rule in India. The political prisoners who participated in the Revolt of 1857 (referred to by the British as the Mutiny), were brought to the island as it was secluded and there was small chance of the freedom fighters being able to contact anyone from there. It is said that they were forced to clear the remote, forested area and build their own prison. The notable inmates of the prison included Batukeshwar Dutt, Yogendra Shukla and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. The jail complex, now owned by the Government of India, is recognised today as a national memorial monument. Every night, the fascinating history of the Cellular Jail is unveiled to tourists through an enthralling sound and light show. 

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