Ten days long dance, drama and music Exhibitions, displaying art and crafts, flora and fauna and marine life, are part of the event.. Aqua sports, telegrams and parasailing are added attraction. Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a 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 Festivals - A fortnight long festival organized by the Andaman & Nicobar Administration every year (December - January) gives a festive look to the Islands. Govt. 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, Scuba Diving etc. The festival projects the image of the islands as an eco-friendly tourist destination
The gateway to the beautiful Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair is one destination which is visited by a number of people throughout the year. The destination is well-connected to different corners of the world via road, sea and air. Here is more on reaching Port Blair.
Tourists have an easy option of reaching Port Blair through air. Port Blair is connected to major cities such as Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore via regular flights. From the airport, tourists can also take helicopter services which run in between the islands.
Port Blair is also well connected to different parts of the world via sea. Ferry services are available from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair. These services can be availed within a day or two.
It is not a tough task to reach Port Blair via road. A number of buses connect the destination to other major parts of Andaman including Rangat (163km), Baratang Island (100km) and Diglipur (296km). So, tourists have an option of taking these buses to reach different parts of Andaman. Some private bus operators also operate buses from Port Blair to different regions on regular basis.