The tropical paradise of India , Andaman and Nicobar Islands is all set for the most awaited festival of the year – Island Tourism Festival 2016 from 8th January – 18th January 2016.
This is a 10 day long celebration in picturesque Port Blair island and is a cultural extravaganza of dance, drama, music, exhibitions, display arts and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life.Organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration , this is a festival that is attended by travellers and performers from all over the world.
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New Year is a huge celebration in Port Blair and the Island Tourism Festival is a continuation of this festive fervor where the whole island is takes up a festive look.There are performances and shows of dance and music by the local tribes, and many artists of national and international fame from across the world. Many stalls with local handicrafts,antique items and home decors items are also set up all over the place.
Adventure and water sports enthusiasts can have a gala time at this festival by taking part in the scuba diving competitions and canoe races. There are other activities like parasailing, and boating. The Nicobari Hodi race, a unique local water sports also takes place during this festival. Kids too can have a gala time at this festival with daily magic shows, puppet shows and baby shows.
Once the sun sets in the lovely horizons of the island be prepared to enjoy a sumptuous spread of food in the floating restaurants of Port Blair.Other than tourists many Government and Private entrepreneurs too come see the exhibitions that highlight the development and growth of Andaman Islands. This is a festival to uphold the image of Andaman Nicobar Island as an eco-friendly tourist destination to the world.
There are many serene and beautiful beaches, wonderful treks and picnic spots that you can explore while in Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the Island Tourism Festival . Do not forget a visit to the Cellular Jail Memorial , Chidiya Tapu and the Marina Amusement Park.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels, sea side resorts and guest houses in Port Blair that offers a wonderful stay in various budgets. Check out the different travel portals for hotel reservations.
Reaching Port Blair
There are regular flights to Port Blair from Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangkok. Also passenger ships operate from Chennai, Kolkata and Visakhapatnam to Port Blair on regular basis.It takes around 2-3 days to reach by sea.
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