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Andaman, the Beach Island with a Painful History

Dotted in the Bay of Bengal Andaman is one of the most fascinating beach destinations which holds in one of the only active volcanoes that comes under the union territory of India. Being a land of natural wonders beauty and attractions, the island destinations in Andaman is mostly explored by travelers who love to get themselves indulged in the beauty of nature and thus the place is mostly referred to as the nature lover’s paradise or the honeymooners Aden. The place, in addition, is also known as the adventure lover’s paradise as the water destinations in Andaman offers the travelers; couples and the tourists with a number of adventure options letting them explore the marine life of the place to its best in all the possible adventures ways. To make the trips and tours to Andaman more convenient an easier of the travelers a number of packages are now being offered by travel operators like Andaman tour travel to encourage adventure tourism to the land. The island destinations of Andaman and Nicobar Island are not just about adventures, waters, nature or beauty. The place also holds within a number of other important attractions like the historical destinations of the land as in the cellular jail which is one important landmark of the island that has played an important role in the Indian freedom fight against the British rule.

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Cellular Jail

Better referred to as the Kala Pani Jail, the cellular jail was one of the most known prisons in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Britishers started with the construction of the jail in the year 1896 which continued for about 10 long years and finally finished the construction of this jail in the year 1906. Located at Port Blair, the capital city, this historical destination holds in a number of terrifying memories of the past from the era of the British rule. The place was a Solitary Confinement which was built in the land with one main aim of punishing the Indian freedom fighters is one of the most inhuman ways possible. According to the history the place holds within the memories of the most inhuman ways of punishments which were once implemented on the Indian freedom fighter who trained their voice against the British rule. Once the most feared jail is now one of the most explored historic destinations in the land. The place is now made open to the visitors and is working more as a national memorial and museum which also exhibits the light and sound show depicting the cruel happenings in the jail that the freedom fighters of the land once tolerated. According to the past, no man brought into the jail was ever seen after. Being located in a remote destination the jail is a true solitary confinement where no prisoner could be able to talk with the other.

Foundation & History of the Jail

Even though the Andaman and Nicobar Island were used by the Britishers soon after the rebellion of 1857, the construction of the cellular jail started in the year 1896 which continued for about 10 long years and finished in the year 1906. The jail came into use for the first time after the 1st independence war for the country which went against the Indians with the Britishers winning the fight. To suppress the freedom fight hundreds of people were brought to the jail for lifetime exile. According to the history and the past records of the Indian freedom fight, in the year 1868, about 238 prisoners tried to escape where 87 of them were caught and hanged. The solitary confinement being isolated with water the prisoners had no other option than to stay in the place facing the brutality of the Britishers. The prisoners who were brought to the jail were chained and was forced to work in different constructions sites, harbors and in the prison so as to make Andaman a place worth living or in short to colonize the place. The British administration later suggested the idea of “penal stage” in the prison sentence given to the prisoners so that the freedom fighters at the place face more harsh treatment while in the jail for a short period after the extradition of the jailers to Andaman.

Design of the Cellular Jail

The construction of the cellular jail was one hard thing. The jail in real had 7 straight wings with each of one connecting to the tower that was constructed to the center of the jail. The whole look of the jail was something more similar to a bicycle wheel with all the different wings attached to the central tower. The tower that was constructed to the center of the jail was supposed to be the watch point to the jail from where the guards would get a clear view of the jail and the places around. One of the main attractions of the jail was a large bell that is mostly used to raise alarm. Each wing at the place had three stores which were constructed in such a manner that the front portion of one wing would face the back side of the other wing. here the construction is in such a manner that one inmate in a cell could not be able to contact or see the other at the adjacent wings the construction was so isolated that the prisoners in the same wing also cannot see or communicate with each other. Each sells in the wing housed only one prisoner and the place ensured minimal communication and complete isolation from one another. It is mainly this way of construction that gave the jail the name “Cellular”.

Like the cellular jail, Andaman houses a number of other fascinating historic destinations which the travelers love exploring and thus a number of best Andaman and Nicobar historic tour packages are being organised by the travel operators allowing the travelers to explore the best of the historic attractions in the land. There are a number of other things that excite the travelers to a greater extent like the tribal settlement in the place, the delicious seafood cuisines and more. With a number of patriotic elements and virgin beauty of nature, Andaman is one must visit a destination that comes under the union territory of India.

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