While the Andaman Islands landmass had been used as a British penal colony for years, there was a need for more severe punishment. Indian and Burmese independence freedom fighters were brought to a lifetime of exile and torture, and imprisoned in solitary confinement
Now an Indian national memorial, the Cellular Jail (Kala Pani, the Black Water in Sanskrit) still inspires dread and intimidation. Seven long 3-story wings were connected to a central guard tower and 693 individual tiny cells isolated prisoners in solitary confinement. The prisoners had to do hard physical labor while chained to each other, and were starved and beaten by guards. Guided tours offer visitors a detailed view of the daily life of the jail, plus a museum, memorial and places of interest.
The Cellular Jail entrance and ticket office is located at Atlanta Point in Port Blair and is accessible by foot, public transportation, taxi, and rental car. Open 9 am to 6 pm 7 days a week, closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and on national holidays. The entry fee is 30 INR, personal camera fee is 200 INR, video camera fee is 1000 INR.
There are nightly Sound and Light Shows that dramatizes the world of the prisoners in both Hindi and English. Separate admission ticket for each show is 50 INR and should be purchased in advance at the front gate.