It is not easy to plan a vacation! As a vacation seeking individual, we get so confused with the diverse set of options that India has to offer us ranging from coastal, forests, hill stations, beaches etc. One such confusion is evident when one is choosing between Andaman or Kerala for one’s holiday. This confusion is widespread but is peculiar. As a matter of fact, these two places differ drastically from one another in terms of their culture, activities, beauty, landscape, and hence, experience. You can neither pit them against each other nor substitute a trip to one my trip to the other.
Compared to Kerala, Andaman is more widely and actively appreciated for the small islands surrounding it complemented by beaches till the horizon. On top of it, Andaman is an apt location to relax and for leisure as it doesn’t demand much of intra-travel.
On the other hand, God’s own country, Kerala shot up to fame overnight and became an instant traveler’s favorite because of its green interiors, far from the city geography, the lush bushes, calming water and unexplored cultural experiences. Kerala provides a wholesome experience in itself.
Now let’s get into details and see where are you heading next?
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Time to plan?
This is common for both the locations in the sense that you can travel both the places at any time of the year! That’s a bonus for choosing them as your travel destinations. The weather of both places remains pleasant throughout the year. Hence, whenever you get the rush to travel to these places, the cities welcome you with open skies and a lovely breeze.
Despite that, We at Club Holiday suggest and believe that the beauty of Kerala is enhanced in winters and if possible you must plan accordingly. The temperature is soothing and feel is heavenly. To mention, the months from October to April can be considered ideal. If you are looking out for ayurvedic treatments and more natural engagements, we believe that the best months for those would be from June to August.
In terms of planning when to travel, both Kerala and Andaman is pretty flexible and welcoming at all times.
How long should we stay?
Neither Andaman nor Kerala is short of sightseeing spots. Both have a lot of offers. But here, we need to decide whether we want a closer experience with palm trees and beaches in Andaman or we need a cultural twist with our Kerala package. Ideally, 9 days is considered a good amount of time for these packages but because Club Holiday understands the time crunch, we suggest 5-6 days for Andaman to get around and a stay of 6 /7 days in Kerala. As per your time availability choose the destination.
How much to spend?
Many agents/sites suggest that neither Kerala nor Andaman is pocket friendly but this is not true. We at the club holiday let you enjoy your vacation without compromising on your budget. And believe us, every penny spent in Kerala and Andaman will never be regretted. As per our estimates, a basic Kerala package can cost you Rs 12000 per person while an Andaman package costs you around estimate does not include the cost of reaching Kerla and Andaman. Rs 15000 for a 5 Night Package with Breakfast. This es The experience is invaluable.
What to do on the trip?
The major difference lies in where can we travel and places we can see in Kerala and Andaman. Here is the list followed by a short description.
Spots to Visit in Andaman
Andaman is no less! Check out these places in Andaman:
1.North Bay Beach: It is a place in Andaman that you must visit. The experience will be heavenly. The Octopus Garden is its main attraction but apart from that you can even walk under the sea on this beach and explore and appreciate the rich marine life. This is what makes this place so so famous. You will be left surprised by the richness and diversity of underwater marine life. Worry not, if you don’t know how to swim. The underwater walk is meant for all.
2. Havelock Island: A trip to Andaman is incomplete without a trip to Havelok. Havelok offers all kinds of water sport activities and gives you all the adrenaline rush. Try out snorkeling and scuba diving in Havelok and you may end up creating some best memories of your lifetime. Hotel stays are also pretty good in Havelock.
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3. Samudrika Naval Marine Museum
A trip to Samudrika Naval Marine Museum will not be a typical vacation activity meant for everyone but if you are interested in the history of the island and want to know about some ancient artifacts from Andaman, Samudrika Naval Marine Museum is your place. It connects nature to history. We assure you that you won't be disappointed by this museum.
4. Cellular National Memorial in Port Blair
Clearly, this is not an ideal location for a vacation but who wouldn’t want to see the places that they have only heard about till now. This place has captured the horrors of the past and one must be a part of this story and be aware of it. Although this place was pretty much destroyed by the Japanese military around world war 2, still this spot has maintained its charm among the travelers.
What to shop!?
Though Kerala is unmatched in terms of its cultural offerings and the atmosphere, it doesn’t offer a much wider range of shops to satisfy one’s shopping desires. On the other hand, Andaman never disappoints shopaholics. It offers shops and stores flaunting coastal artifacts, local to the region, especially the magnificent corals and seashells.
How to get around?
For Andaman, we recommend getting around on boats and local water taxis to enjoy the real thing and have a hassle-free experience, while in Kerala, a rental car is suggested.
We understand that vacations with closed ones are always great but good research about the trip destination always helps. Do check out our offerings, rates and inclusions at clubholiday.com and let us know what's next on your mind?