The Island Tourism Festival is a great occasion to enjoy happiness of a lifetime. If you ever want to enjoy such festival, Port Blair at Andaman and Nicobar is the location that you must visit. The city among the beautiful colonial islands holds the Island Tourism Festival where you can enjoy the cultural extravaganza of music, dance, exhibitions, drama, crafts and display arts. The Administration of Andaman and Nicobar organizes this festival regularly on an annual basis. People from all around the world gather here to witness the ten-day festival usually held in the months of December or January every year. The main object of this festival is to present Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an eco-friendly tourism destination.
Children enjoy the lovely puppet shows and magic shows, younger kids can participate in the Baby Shows that are very much a part of this cultural event. Dog Shows are also arranged during this festive season. If you love adventure, you can take part in aqua sports such as parasailing, scuba diving, canoe race and Nicobar Hodi race. After participating in the festival and the adventure around, you can relax yourself relishing your favorite dinner at the marvelous floating restaurant. On the other hand, the indigenous tribes of Andaman and Nicobar get ready to exhibit their cultural dances in troupes. Renowned cultural troupes are also invited from across the country to exhibit their traditional dances. Entrepreneurs, both local and from other parts of India and the government agencies use this occasion to display their produces by arranging exhibitions and stalls to sell them.
Andaman and Nicobar islands have a unique cultural flavor with many distinct ethnic groups living here. The population has a cosmopolitan appeal as people from many cultures live here in peace and harmony. This gives you a feeling that Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a mini India.
The capital city, Port Blair is connected by air with major cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Bangkok as well. However, you can reach here through regular passenger ships that arrive from Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakhapatnam. Port Blair has many hotels for accommodation ranging from budget to deluxe hotels.
If you are visiting here during the winter season, make sure that you carry some woolen clothes to keep yourself warm. However, the weather around the place is generally pleasant and you can easily visit some of the most beautiful picnic spots around here. When you arrive here for the Island Tourism Festival make some time to visit the nearby places and explore the unfamiliar history, unique traditions and watch the stunning natural scenery around. You can swim and snorkel among the warm and clear waters, and spend an evening camping among the island shores. The coral islands with their serene atmosphere and a vast coastline will make your vacation a memorable one indeed. There are many museums, parks and serene beaches just within a radius of 20km from Port Blair. The historical Cellular Jail, the Marina Amusement Park and the Water Sports Complex are the places that an avid traveler must not miss.
Date: 5th to 15th January, click here for festival dates
Location: Port Blair,
Territory: Andaman and Nicobar,
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain