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Discover New Lands During the Island Tourism Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 4 year, 11 months ago

In the months of December and January, the far flung islands of Andaman and Nicobar come alive with the sound of dance and music. The 10-day Festival marks a time when the islands see an influx of visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the local culture.

The Island Tourism Festival is a 10-day annual event that is held at Port Blair. The festival is organized by the Andaman and Nicobar administration and is held either in December or January. The purpose of the festival is to showcase the local culture and to ensure that the forgotten local dance and music forms come back into the limelight. In addition, it gives the local population a chance to explore the culture of the mainland. The festival will be held during the month of January, making it the best time to take up Andaman tour packages

The festival normally sees a huge turn out by Government departments as well as private organizations from across the country.

What Happens During the Island Tourism Festival?

Dance and music: Dance and music is an integral part of the celebration. Cultural troupes from India and across the world are invited to perform here. A lot of importance is give to the local groups and performers.

Exhibitions: Several exhibitions are organized during the festival in order to highlight the islands and their development. There are also exhibitions of the local art and craft. A lot of information is also given about the flora and fauna that can be found in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Importance is also given to the exciting marine life in the seas around the islands. The aim is to encourage the visitor to explore and understand the lives of the islanders.

Activities: Visitors who attend the festival can also indulge in their adventurous streak with water sports, scuba diving, canoe racing and parasailing.

Competitions and shows: Visitors can also watch and participate in competitions and shows such as magic shows, puppet shows, dog shows and baby shows. Do not miss booking Port Baliy holiday trips during this time to enjoy the best of culture. 


How to Reach Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

Andaman and Nicobar Islands are situated in the Bay of Bengal. It lies south-east to the mainland. The island has excellent links via air and ship. Passenger ships travel from Kolkata, Vishakapatman and Chennai to Port Blair. The frequency of the ships is normally 2 or 3 per month. You can also include a holiday in Havelock, when planning to visit Port Blair. 

The airport at Port Blair has flights to Chennai and Kolkata. Group charter flights are also available


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