Festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Festivals are the essence of a place - they keep the deep-rooted culture and history of that place alive and offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of its inhabitants. Andaman’s beauty is constituted by a lot of things. With over 500 islands, 32 of which are open for tourists, every part of this Union Territory is as beautiful as you have imagined. Pristine beaches, serene greenery, pleasant weather ideal for the perfect vacation and much more! However, the charm of these magnificent islands is not confined to that. The islands host an array of festivals that bring out the best Andaman and Nicobar has to offer. Tradition and love for their culture runs deep in Andaman and its people, and the energy the festivals exude is sure to impress you. Below is a glimpse of a few festivals that you should not miss:

Island Tourism Festival

Island Tourism Festival, Andaman, a famed Andaman and Nicobar tourism festival, is a treat for those looking for a fun time enjoying live concerts, local food, games, handicrafts and more. The festival runs for a spectacular 15 days of dance, performances, kite-flying, flora shows and much more. Organised by the Government of India, the main event happens in Port Blair, while various smaller events run across various islands. The event invites tourists in droves from all over the country. Make sure to visit Andaman and Nicobar in January to catch this festival in full force.

the ferris wheel and other stalls and decorations at a fete
decorated beach during the nigh time with lights on

Beach Festival

This festival is the highlight of spring in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The month of April invites a serene summer which is not so warm. The Beach Festival offers a collection of experiences that promise to make your vacation one to remember. The festival aims to promote beach activities in Andaman islands, and who can blame them? When a place has more beaches than plains, it is bound to have a festival dedicated to them. You can also indulge in a lot of beach games like volleyball, tug o’ war, kabaddi and many more! If you want to be part of one of the best festivals in Andaman and Nicobar, this is one you cannot miss.

Panorama Film Festival

What started on a small scale in 2011 has become one of the most-awaited festivals for locals and tourists in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Watch remarkable films spanning genres like documentaries and thrillers, directed by the finest indie filmmakers across India. Marked by screenings and performances, this film festival takes place in February, so make sure you plan your trip around that time to make it to the festival. This is one of the most awaited festivals in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

many empty chairs made of the colour red inside a cinema
a large rain cloud with rain gushing down below

Monsoon Festival

The arrival of monsoon brings lots of things to Andaman and Nicobar islands, one of which is the Monsoon Festival that takes place in June/July. The fest is filled with dance, music, food and lots of elements which make it an important part of Andaman’s culture. The fest is organised by the Tourism department.

Food Festival

Foodies, rejoice! Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ food festival will leave you wanting more. A confluence of various cuisines, both local and international, prepared by some of the best chefs out there, is something you should not miss. The festival takes place after the monsoon, so remember to plan your vacation around that time.

noodles being served into a bowl by a street vendor

The best part about all these festivals is that you get a perfect stay in very close proximity to where they take place. If you are looking for the best places to stay that offer accommodations that exude comfort and convenience and luxury all around, Symphony Summer Sand Beach Resort and Spa in Neil Island offers you unending comfort and makes you wish you had stayed longer. We also have lavish properties in Port Blair and Havelock Island - Symphony Samudra Beachside Jungle Resort And Spa and Symphony Palms Beach Resort And Spa respectively. A visit to Andaman is incomplete without attending some festivals and staying with us, so hurry up! Want to know more about Andaman and Nicobar Islands? Read historic sites to visit in Andaman.