Once you have made up your mind to visit Andaman, the question on top of your mind is will it cost an arm and a leg. Are there budget tours? Are there luxury tour options? How many days should the trip ideally be so that you can cover everything but not max out. Should you book your air tickets first and lock the low fares or check out hotel and itinerary first.
In this blog, we tackle your query about the cost of an Andaman tour package – how to plan so that you make the most of what you spend.
What your Andaman tour package cost depends on:
1. Airfare / Ship fare – i.e. transport to and from the islands
2. The type of hotel you choose: From budget to luxury, hotels can match your spending capacity and the amenities you need
3. The number of days you spend here
4. If you plan to do any activity that is over an above your planned itinerary like scuba diving or going to a location that isn’t the usual.
Let’s take each point to build up your cost, for a family for four – two adults and two children.
1. Air fare / ship fare to Andaman
You can take the flight to Andaman from all major metros in India. The thing is most Andaman tour packages do not consider this when presenting a quote. So this is going to come at an additional cost in any case. The flight tickets can range from 5,000 – 12,000 INR depending on when you book. For ease of calculation, let’s average this at 6500 per person.
For a family of four, the Andaman tour package cost will be 52,000.
For a honeymoon couple, it will be 26000.
If you haven’t planned in advance, it can be double as much.
Ships to Andaman are available from Chennai, Kolkata and Viazag. Ships can take as long as 60 hours to reach Andaman. They aren’t exactly cheap. The deluxe cabin on an M V Swarajdweep or Nancowry will cost 9750 while the bunk class will cost approximately 2000.
The tickets have to be booked at location and if you need more information, you can contact 03192 – 231794.
2. Type of hotel your choose in Andaman
Hotels in Andaman are available for all type of budgets from INR 1000 to INR 8000 per room night. For the sake of averages, lets say you pick a hotel at INR 3500 per night. We’ll keep that average for both Port Blair and Havelock.
For a five night Andaman tour, that’s INR 15000
3. Number of days you choose to stay
Packages start with 4 days, but we generally recommend six nights at least. It gives you enough time to hop between islands and cover everything at a non-frenzied pace.
The number of days adds to your food costs and miscellaneous expenses. That’s six lunches and six dinners. With an average cost of 1500 per meal, that could average to INR 18000. Snacks and knick-knacks add another INR 2000.
4. Activities other than what’s in your regular package
Most packages include snorkelling, entry tickets and local transport by car and ferry but you’ll also want to try scuba at a location like Andaman, which can cost around INR 3500 per person. For two adults, that would be INR 7000.
That gets your Andaman tour package cost to INR 92000 for a family for four which comes to INR 23,000 per person.
Book air tickets in advance, choose budget hotels or change your number of days to increase or decrease this number.
There you go, the complete cost of what it will take for you to plan an Andaman Holiday.
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