Andaman and Nicobar Islands have an unique culture, where all religions, languages, ethnic groups live in total peace and harmony and hence it is rightly called Mini India. Port Blair has a cosmopolitan character where people of all walks of life live together in peace and tranquility. All major festivals are celebrated with equal zeal and fervor and attended by all religious groups.
Island Tourism Festival is a fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration every year (December - January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Government agencies and private entrepreneurs from the islands and Mainland India also attend the exhibition organized during the festival.
The exhibition highlights the developmental aspects of these islands. Cultural troupes and artistes of national and international fame are invited to perform during the festival apart from performances by the talents of these islands including tribals. Water sports competitions like Nicobari Hodi race are organized.
Other attractions are Magic show, Puppet show, Floating restaurant, Baby show, Dog show, Canoe Race and Scuba Diving. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco-friendly tourist destination.
How to Reach Port Blair
Port Blair is connected to Chennai, Kolkatta and Bangkok by air. Presently flights are operated by Alliance Air/Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.
Regular passenger ship services operate regularly from Chennai, Kolkatta and Visakhapatnam to Port Blair and vice-a-versa. The voyage takes about three days and the ship normally berth at Port Blair for about 2-4 days.
To read about this festival in Hindi click here