Andaman Tour on a Budget; How to find an affordable stay in Andaman
Andaman is one the hottest tourist destinations in India and it is flooded with tourist all the time.
Most of the tourist selects from the tour plans available in the famous holiday packages websites of believe on tour operators blindly.
These websites are flooded with tour packages that offer 4N/5D visit at about Rs20,000/- (without airfare) which is practically impossible therefore tourists end up paying a lot more.
There are also genuine tour operators who give very good services to their guests but they are very difficult to spot.
So, basically through this post we will help you to select from the best tour plans available and save money during your trip and also help you to stop falling into the traps of those cheap tour packages.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK ABOUT ANDAMAN
Before you select any tour package, please Google about Andaman and know about its geography and about some of the important places.
Visit the Andaman Tourism Website which will give you correct information about Andaman.
It is also important that you check out the tour plans and speak to the operator directly and ask about the details of the trip. There are so many packages available so you will have to choose the most compatible one and also do the backgrounds check on the tour operator.
It is common misconceptions that the tour packages are usually a loss and inconvenience to the tourist but if one go with the best tour operator it will be very light for your pocket.
For instance, a hotel room which cost Rs. 7000/ night will be available to you @ Rs. 2500/ night if you book through this tour packages. This will save a lot of money and get you a pleasant stay.
ROOM BOOKINGS THROUGH ONLINE TRAVEL PORTALS
Now-a-days internet is flooded with websites through which you can book a room in any hotel. While coming to Andaman, it will be better to book the hotels through these websites rather than directly going to the hotel and booking. There is a simple logic behind this.
These websites offer a good discount in these hotels and if go directly the hotels will charge you the full amount so it’s preferable to book through these websites.
Another good thing of booking through websites is that you will get a good comfortable stay and others things like tour packages you can sort out yourself.
In case of doubt on websites, you can call the hotels directly and check out the price difference and also get the feedback from various sources.
If the feedback is good and the price difference is huge, there is no harm booking room from online websites.
TO AVOID A BAD HOTEL
You should look for hotels that offer complimentary services with the booking. Some hotel offer complimentary breakfast or lunch while some offer only a drink on arrival.
Look for other facilities available in the hotel like swimming pool, good restaurant, good locations etc. Most of the hotels offer wi-fi facilities.
Avoid the cheap hotels since it will only provide you a cheap room but it will not provide any services. Most importantly ambience will not be good.
Websites like trip advisory and lonelyplanet offer best review and ranking of most of the hotels.
You could visit these websites and know about the ratings of the concerned hotels and also its reviews.
Select the best one among them.
It will be best if you go with hotels of 4.5- 5 rating.
It will also be preferable if you choose a hotel near Aberdeen Bazaar so that you can go shopping and exploring the local markets in the evening hours, without any extra cost.
Remember most of the bad hotels are situated outside the prime area and hence in the evening hours if someone wishes to go shopping he/she will have to spend extra Rs. 400 to Rs. 600 daily + inconvenience.
DON’T GO BY NAME:
Before booking a hotel one needs to be very careful about the location of the hotel, for which one can check google map or google search.
There are many hotel and resorts in Andaman who uses the word ‘Resort’ ‘sea facing’ but are far far away from sea, which is a major source of disappointment for tourists. There are many hotels in which you can see sea only from roof top.
So don’t be carried away with the name of Hotel.
TRY HOME-STAY TO SAVE MONEY
Believe it or not, in Andaman there are atleast 70 guest houses, which have home-stay facilities, which mean small hotels run by ordinary people in their house.
These home-stays are often very comfortable and unbelievably cheap. Try google to locate a home-stay in Andaman or just ask your tour operator to include one.