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.
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.