Hello again! 🙂
Appreciate you reading on from my previous post.. So we start for Port Blair by a direct flight from Kolkata , We got the tickets for a flight a little earlier than 9 AM This was a good idea as this would leave the entire day free for visiting attractions like Cellular Jail and Carvin’s cove beach in Port Blair without impacting the morning sleep.. 😛
We reached Port Blair by 11 AM and checked into our hotel 10 minutes away from the airport in a neat area. The area seemed quiet and peaceful and we were greeted warmly by the owner who helped us with car and ferry ticket booking for the rest of the trip. In this context, I would like to let you know that it is a good idea to have some tour operator help you with the logistics as that leaves a lot of headache out enabling you to enjoy the trip without worrying about the next ferry tickets …or the next hotel availability etc.
After lunch and even a short afternoon siesta (it keeps your heart well 😛 ) we went to visit Cellular Jail and Carvin’s cove beach in Port Blair a short ride away. One can take an auto from the main bazaar called Aberdeen bazaar and costs about 100 rupees.
Carvin’s Cove : This is a local beach, albeit small in size compared to the better known beaches in other islands like Havelock or Neil it is very beautiful. The beach has some options for water sports like speed boat ride and water bike riding.
The beach is inhibited by its tiny inhabitants making different patterns on sand they continued working while me and mom contemplated on putting the pattern on my next dress… 😛
Later, we visited Cellular Jail.
This place, has always intrigued me. Like most of the people reading this blog, I also belong to the post Indian independence. I have always heard about the freedom struggle, read them in books, watched them in films and documentaries, but this place? It made me as if live through the era. Read on…
Cellular Jail: This is a large facility created and used by British, mainly to keep the political prisoners of Indian freedom struggle imprisoned. The people who came here include several notable freedom fighters. These so called convicts were kept here to break them and to keep
them from taking the freedom struggle on, but even this contention in a remote island far away from the main land, subjecting them to inhuman conditions and agonizing them did not help the British. And as they say, the rest is history. Currently, this place is kept as a reminder of all the struggle and the success as well. 🙂
There are two picture gallerias at the entrance of this sacred place, I suggest you check them out, if you are an Indian, you would be prouder to see the young bright faces that were involved in the struggle and feel a bit more grateful for being born in this free country.
We took some pictures, saw the cells, and the various items once used by the inmates. Captured some pictures of the corridors and the cells.
I went up to the roof, and found some stunning views, I got busy with capturing them with my point and shoot.. 😀 Later we watched the Light and sound show and went back to our hotel for a good nights’ sleep, for the upcoming journey the next day. The entry fee to Cellular Jail is Rupees 10 for Indian residents, the Light and sound show has a different ticketing, which opens by 4 PM and costs rupees 50 per individual.
Next, we move to North Andaman. Read the post here->