Island Tourism Festival begins in January every year in the tropical paradise Andaman & Nicobar. It is a 10-day carnival in which various performing art-forms form an integral part. Island Tourism Festival 2023 will be held in Port Blair in January.
Andaman and Nicobar Island is a bustling place starting from January with the advent of New Year. The Festival brings an added charm continuing the festive fervor.
Organized by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Port Blair, the festival is meant to boost tourism activity in the Andamans.
The unique culture of the region is reflected in and through the festival where people from different lifestyles participate.
This festival attracts people from different religious group and culture. The cosmopolitan culture of Port Blair is seen in the exhibitions, dances, songs, and group performances during the festival days.
You can enjoy the dances, shop at the handicrafts store, and go for adventure sports. Popular winter sports during the Festival include parasailing and boating.
Children also have a memorable time coming for a winter holiday trip to Andaman Islands. Apart from tourists, the event also draws entrepreneurs, government agencies, and people related to the tourism of the state.
Highlights of Island Tourism Festival
The festival takes place every year during December-January. The tourism event is expected to interest hundreds of tourists coming to Andamans. The exhibition has contributed to the development of the region significantly.
Cultural performances by dance troupes, tribal songs and dances, magic shows, and other live performances mark the show. Amateur artists and artisans bring in their art work for sale.
You can shop a number of antique items and home decors from this place. The Nicobari Hodi race takles place during this time. It is one of the unique water sports events in this Andaman Island festival.
Puppet show, baby show, and dog race are some of the interesting things for children. The floating restaurant is where you can go for snacks, food, and drinks.
Island Tourism Festival, popularly abbreviated as ITF, is an annual festival of Andaman and Nicobar Islands exhibiting grandeur and cultural extravaganza.
Andaman and Nicobar Administration organizes this event every year in the months of December- January. Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, serves as the centre of this fourteen day carnival.
It mainly focuses on showcasing various developmental activities and future projects in the Island under Andaman and Nicobar Administration. The event also aims at boosting the tourism.
Various exhibitions are organized during Island Tourism Festival which invites a number of private entrepreneurs and government agencies from the islands as well as from mainland India.
These agencies not only visit the event but also participate in it for endorsing their trade. Apart form this, the festival hosts a number of engrossing cultural events.
Apart form the main venue of Island Tourism Festival, cultural programs are held in different venues. These events are organized by various departments including Arts, Sports and Cultural Departments and encompass varied activities.
Cultural troupes and artists hail form different regions in the festival. Performers of national as well as international fame are invited in ITF to exhibit their superlative skills.
Dance, music, drama and exhibitions of wondrous and artistic artefacts are some of the major attractions of the festival. Apart from art and craft, exhibitions of varied flora, fauna and marine life can also be witnessed in ITF.
Several programs in the carnival focus on the local and tribal folks displaying their art and culture.
Island Tourism Festival also caters the adventure lovers greatly. Water sports competition such as Nicobari Hodi Race, Canoe Race, Parasailing, Boating and Scuba Diving forms a special feature of the carnival.
In addition to these, several other programs are organized in the islands that make the festival highly popular and alluring. Some of such fascinating features are Dog show, Baby show, Puppet show and Magic show.
A floating restaurant forms another attraction of ITS which is visited by numerous tourists and visitors during the carnival.
Island Tourism Festival promotes the Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an eco friendly and magnificent tourist destination. It also serves to connect the island with the mainland India through cultural and social intermingling in the festival.
The festival forms an ideal event to experience the unique lifestyle of the place and reflects various cultural aspects prevalent among the residents.