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Blessed with great flora and fauna, picturesque islands and rich history,  Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the major tourist attractions in India. In addition, several promotional tourism events and festivals are also held in order to boost the tourism of this union territory. One of the popular events held here is the Island Tourism Festival that is celebrated in the month of January, starting on the 5th every year. It is definitely a dream event for Islanders as well as national and international tourists. Also, the festival is considered as the 'celebration of the new year'. 

The festival is inaugurated by the Honourable Lieutenant Governor at ITF Ground in Port Blair. Several cultural programs, music concerts, food fiestas, are organized for you to enjoy to the fullest at this Festival. It takes place in several cities of AandN but the capital Port Blair is the main place where the festival is organized. Apart from the capital, Wimberlygunj, Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Wandoor are some of the towns where you can experience equal enthusiasm for this fest. 

Major Attractions of Island Tourism Festival

Hasya Kavi Sammelan (Comedy Poet Gathering). Do you love light-hearted programs? Well, the Hasya Kavi Sammelan will surely bring some smile on your face. Famous Indian and international comedy poets like Surender Sharma, Raja Sagoo perform at the event.

Traditional Sports. During the festival, several sports competitions are organized to entertain the audience. Fun activities like Cock Fight, Marble, Sack Race, Mock Canoe Race, Musical Chairs are enough to cheer you up. 

Also Read: This festival has been celebrated from the colonial era when Portuguese used to welcome New Year with extreme joy and enthusiasm

Kite-Flying Competition. The famous Kite Flying Competition is absolutely the best thing one can experience here. Various types of sizes, designs, and colourful kites add a beautiful and vibrant look to the sky.  

Art and Handicraft Exhibition. Are you a shopaholic? Well, you will also fall in love with this festival equally. While you will come across several vendors selling almost everything right from home decor to branded clothes, you will also come across several traditional stalls with items made by artistic and handcrafted skills. Shell accessories, bamboo furniture, wooden goods, coconut lamps. Also, don’t forget to visit Queen Seashell Craft and Aberdeen Bazaar. 

Music Extravaganza. You will get to enjoy several musical art forms performed by locals, national and international artists. Tribal musical troops, world-renowned musical troops, national and international artists perform at the musical extravaganza. Also, you will love to enjoy cultural dance performances, live music orchestra, etc. 

Floating Restaurants. You will get to try some local and international cuisines at popular floating restaurants at the festival with soulful music. Different kinds of seafood will really make your day at the festival. 

How to Reach

By Air. The closest airport is Veer Savarkar International Airport which is situated at Lamba Line.  It will only take 4-5 minutes to reach ITF Ground which is the main destination for the Island Tourism Festival. The airport is well-connected with other major cities of India Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.

By Ship. The ships make their sail from Chennai, Vizag, and Kolkata. There are usually 3-4 sailings on a monthly basis which is quite normal. However, what needs to be seen here is that a ship’s voyage would take around 60-70 hours.

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    January 05, 2019

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    Port Blair

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