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A part of the Indian Union Territory, the Andaman group of islands, is often perceived as expensive as a trip abroad. But, how sure are you that a trip to these islands would work out cheaper than any other vacation? Here, we've pulled together a full-fledged 8-day itinerary for you to experience Andaman in less than INR 45,000. 

Total Approximate Budget for the Andaman Trip:

Duration: 7N8D
Accommodation: ₹23,000
Food: ₹7,900
Activities & Entry Fees: ₹8,000
Travel & Transport: ₹6,000
Grand Total: Around ₹44,900 per person.
Total Daily Budget for 7N/8D: The daily budget per person for the trip is approximately ₹5,612.50.

However, it's important to note that certain days might require more or less than this average, depending on the specific activities and locations planned for that day. Always keep a buffer for unexpected expenses.
Note: The prices are approximate and can vary based on seasons, availability, and personal preferences. It's always a good idea to book in advance and check current prices and availability before planning your trip.

Andaman Budget Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Port Blair

Arrival: Land at Veer Savarkar International Airport.

Accommodation: Check into a mid-range hotel (~₹3,500/night).

1. Hotel Lalaji Bayview 

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2. Om Guest House 

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Food: Have local meals at New Lighthouse Restaurant. Approximate food cost for the day: ₹800-1000.

Activities: Visit Cellular Jail and attend the light and sound show in the evening.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Fee
Cellular Jail 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM & 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Mondays. The light and sound show usually starts at 5:30 PM in Hindi and at 6:45 PM in English. ₹30 for Indians and ₹100 for foreigners. Additional charges for the light and sound show: ₹50 for adults and ₹25 for children.
Corbyns Cove Beach Open all day, but it's best to visit during daylight hours. Free, but there might be charges for water sports or beach activities.
Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Free entry to the complex, but charges apply for individual activities.
Samudrika Naval Marine Museum 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Closed on Mondays. ₹50 for adults and ₹25 for children.
Chidiya Tapu Best to visit in the late afternoon for sunset views. It's open throughout the day. Free
Aberdeen Bazaar 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, though individual shop timings may vary. Free

These are some of the main attractions in Port Blair for Day 1. Depending on your interests and pace, you might not be able to cover all of them in one day. Prioritize based on what interests you the most!

Day 2: Port Blair to Havelock Island

Travel: Morning ferry to Havelock Island (₹1,000).
Ferry Fee: The cost can vary from ₹500 (government ferry) to ₹1,000-₹2,500 for private speed boats or catamarans.
Timings: Morning ferries usually start around 6:00 AM. It's advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially during the peak season.
Accommodation: Check into a beach resort (~₹5,000/night).

1. Crossbill Beach Resort

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2. Blue Bird Resort

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Food: Meals at the resort and beach shacks. Approximate cost: ₹1,200.

Day 3: Havelock Island


Scuba diving at Elephant Beach (around ₹4,500 per person).
If you're keen on diving, Havelock offers some of the best dive sites. Beginners can try a discovery dive.
Diving Fee: Prices can vary based on the type of dive, but expect anywhere from ₹3,500 to ₹6,500 for a discovery dive.
Timings: Generally, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It's advisable to book in advance.

Kayaking Tours: Explore the serene mangroves and coastline.
Kayaking Fee: Starting from ₹2,500 for a session.
Timings: Typically, early morning or late afternoon for the best experience.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Fee
Radhanagar Beach Open all day, but best visited during daylight hours for safety. Free
Elephant Beach Best visited between 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free, but activities like snorkeling and scuba diving have their own charges.
Kalapathar Beach Open all day, though it's best to visit during daylight hours. Free

Evening: Beachside relaxation.

Food: Enjoy seafood at B3 – Barefoot Bar & Bristo. Approximate cost: ₹1,500.
Havelock has a range of cafes serving diverse cuisines. Spend your evening at one of these. Cafes like Full Moon Café and Something Different – A Beachside Café are popular choices.

Day 4: Havelock Island to Neil Island

Travel: Morning ferry to Neil Island (₹500).
Ferry Fee: The cost can vary based on the service, but expect around ₹200-₹500 for government ferries and ₹1,000-₹2,000 for private operators.
Timings: Morning ferries usually depart around 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. It's recommended to book your tickets in advance.
Accommodation: Stay at a guesthouse(~₹3,000/night).

1. BlueStone Lodge 

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2. Purnima Residency

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3. Hotel Amullya 

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Food: Dine at Garden View Restaurant. Approximate cost: ₹800.

Activities: Explore Natural Bridge and relax on Laxmanpur Beach.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Fee
Laxmanpur Beach Open all day, but ideal for late afternoon to evening for the sunset. Free
Bharatpur Beach Best visited between 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Free, but water activities have separate charges.
Natural Bridge Morning hours are preferable, especially during low tide. Check tidal timings in advance. Free
Sitapur Beach Ideal for early morning to catch the sunrise. Free
Neil's Cove Open throughout the day, but daylight hours are recommended for safety. Free

After exploring Neil Island's main attractions, settle down at a beach café or local eatery to relish the island's fresh seafood and local delicacies.

Day 5: Neil Island to Ross Island

Travel: Morning ferry back to Port Blair and then head to Ross Island (₹1,200).
Ferry Ride from Neil Island to Port Blair:

Begin your day by heading back to Port Blair from Neil Island, which will be your starting point to reach Ross Island.
Ferry Fee: Depending on the service, expect to pay around ₹200-₹500 for government ferries and ₹1,000-₹2,000 for private operators.
Timings: Morning ferries usually leave between 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Ferry Ride from Port Blair to Ross Island:

Once you reach Port Blair, catch a ferry to Ross Island.
Ferry Fee: Approximately ₹100-₹250.
Timings: Ferries typically operate between 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with the last return ferry from Ross Island around 4:30 PM.
Activities: Explore the historical ruins, old churches, and British architecture.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Fee
Ross Island Penal Colony 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Around ₹30
Ross Island Museum 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Around ₹20
Japanese Bunkers Open all day, but best visited during daylight Free
Stroll and Wildlife Viewing Throughout the day Free
Anglican Church Open all day, best during daylight hours Free

After exploring the historical and natural wonders of Ross Island, catch the last ferry back to Port Blair. Make sure to carry water, snacks, and a hat or umbrella as there's limited shade on Ross Island.

Return: Evening ferry back to Port Blair.

Food: Packed lunch and dinner in Port Blair. Approximate cost: ₹1,000.

Day 6: Explore Little Andaman

Travel: Morning ferry to Little Andaman from Port Blair (₹800).

Activities: Visit the Butler Bay Beach, take a surf lesson, and explore the Whisper Wave Waterfall.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Free
Butler Bay Beach Open all day, best visited during daylight hours. Free
Hut Bay Waterfall (White Surf Waterfall) Daylight hours are recommended, typically 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Minimal fee of around ₹10-₹20 may be charged.
Whisper Wave Waterfall Best visited during daylight, between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Around ₹10-₹20.
Lighthouse at Hut Bay Generally open from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM A nominal fee might be charged, approximately ₹10.
Surfing Morning hours or late afternoon are ideal for surfing, avoiding the mid-day sun. Rental fees for surfing boards vary but expect around ₹300-₹500 per hour.
Coral Viewing Usually between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Depends on the service provider; snorkeling or glass-bottom boat trips might cost around ₹500-₹1500
Beach Exploration Daylight hours Free, but vehicle rental can range from ₹400-₹800 per day.

Return: Evening ferry back to Port Blair.

Food: Local eateries on Little Andaman. Approximate cost: ₹800.

Day 7: Day at Baratang Island

Travel: Morning car ride (around ₹2,500 for a round trip).

Activities: Explore limestone caves and Mud Volcano.

Places to Visit Timings Entry Fee
Limestone Caves Best visited in the morning, from around 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Around ₹20 (but prices can change, and additional costs may be incurred for boat rides to the caves).
Mud Volcano Daylight hours, usually from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Free or minimal charge.
Parrot Island Late afternoon to catch the sight of parrots. Boat charges apply, which might be around ₹500-₹1000.
Baludera Beach Open throughout the day. Free
Mangrove Creek Safari Morning hours are usually the best, from around 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Boat charges apply, approximately ₹500-₹1500, depending on the duration and type of boat.

Remember that you'll need to pass through the Jarawa Tribal Reserve to reach Baratang Island from Port Blair. Respect the guidelines set by the local authorities when transiting through this area to ensure the privacy and rights of the indigenous Jarawa tribe.
It's always a good idea to confirm timings, fees, and other details locally, as these can change over time.

Return: Evening drive back to Port Blair.

Food: Meals at local diners in Baratang. Approximate cost: ₹800.

Day 8: Departure from Port Blair

Activities: Last-minute shopping at Sagarika Government Emporium.

Departure: Fly out from Veer Savarkar International Airport.

Food: Meals at airport cafes or in the city. Approximate cost: ₹800.

Best Time To Visit Andaman and Nicobar Islands on A Budget

The best time to plan a budget trip to Andaman is during the shoulder season, which is May and early June or September to mid-December. During these times:

The weather is still relatively pleasant, with occasional rain showers.
Accommodation rates are lower than peak season, and you might get good discounts.
Ferry services and local attractions are less crowded.
Flights to Port Blair may offer promotional fares.

However, always be prepared for unpredictable weather during these months, especially if you're aiming for outdoor and water-based activities.

Now that we've jotted down a doable island trip for you start packing and let us know your experiences! Also, if you think we missed out on any Andaman Gem, let us know in the comments below!

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