The Andaman and Nicobar islands to the south east of mainland India are now one of the most famous tourist places in the country. Cut off from the maddening fury of the mainland, it is nestled in the midst of the most serene natural beauty. It is difficult to imagine that this was one of the most feared parts of the nation in pre-independence times. Port Blair, the capital of this union territory, was home to the Cellular Prison. The prison is now a tourist attraction and monument.