Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a dream destination, luring travel lovers with their enchanting natural beauty. Situated in the Bay of Bengal, the islands are termed a 'Mini India' as people hailing from different parts of the country live here together. As a result, several languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Bengali and Punjabi, among others, can be heard on the islands. The people of the islands not only speak different languages but also follow various traditions.
This situation has been the result of a momentous chapter in history. During the freedom movement, people from all over India were incarcerated in the prison at Andamans and they chose to continue on the islands even after being freed on India achieving Independence.
There are 555 islands under the Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration, of which only 37 have human habitation. These islands now are a favourite among tourists who love the sea and beaches. Andaman’s highlights include a seamless blend of history and tradition along with enchanting beaches, dense forests and other amazing natural wonders.
However, unless some care is taken while undertaking a trip to the islands, the journey may burn a hole in the travellers' pockets. Here are some tips to save money and plan a budget trip to the magical islands.
When planning a trip, check the dates when the flight fares are offered at a discount and book. Some money can be saved by this method.
The next step is to prepare a list of destinations which are to be visited, especially for a short trip. For stay, search for a place in Port Blair or Havelock Island.
Andaman is connected to India by air and sea. A journey by ship also reduces expenses. After reaching the islands, prefer to travel to the local tourist spots by bus. All popular places are connected by bus and this mode of transportation is far cheaper than hiring a taxi. Note down the bus timings to each destination.
For a budget stay
Avoid hotels in the crowded areas of the Andamans as most of them charge high room tariff. Instead, choose a hotel or guest house on the outskirts and cut costs.
After preparing an itinerary, confine the travels to the places on the list. The must-see spots on Andaman and Nicobar Islands include Port Blair, Havelock Island, Baratang Island, Neil Island and Jolly Boy Island. Locate public transport facilities to these places and utilize the facility. This helps slash expenditure.
Fun and games
The islands of Andaman and Nicobar offer water sports lovers a veritable feast. Most of the rides are available at cheap rates. While at Havelock Island, the chief attraction is kayaking in Bartang island, the trek to the limestone cave would thrill adventure seekers. Other highlights are fishing at Cinque Island, snorkelling on Elephant Beach and scuba diving at Havelock. A feast awaits birdwatchers at Chidiya Tapu while a ride on a boat with a transparent bottom offers a different experience.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are indeed a heaven and its attractions can certainly be experienced on a budget.