Built by the colonial British in 1896 to accomodate Indian prisoners, the Cellular Jail stands as a dark reminder of the British rule in India. Escape from this facility was impossible, due to its seperation from mainland and strict vigilance of British soldiers. Today, the Cellular Jail serves as a museum and depicts the Indian Freedom Struggle in all of its brutality.
The jail had seven large wings in the original construction blueprint, with an alarm bell in the central to raise alert. But two wings were demolished after India achieved Independence. Today it is considered as a National Memorial with tourists coming in from all over the world to visit this gargantuan jail. The jail houses numerous galleries with pictures of famous figures of the Indian Freedom struggle. Several life size models of jailers torturing the inmates represent the hardships of an inmate's life. The entry fee is Rs.30 per head with extra charges for camera. The Light and Sound show, which is regularly hosted at evenings, is well known.