The Maldives is a great travel destination, which is very popular not only among Bollywood celebrities but also among the common people. It also tops the category of the best honeymoon destination. Whether you are on holiday or going on an exotic trip with family, Maldives is one of the most beautiful countries in the world in every respect.
There are about 1,192 islands, out of which people live in 187 islands. This island country located in the Indian Ocean is the smallest in Asia both in terms of population and area. Everyone knows about the private and local islands here and if we talk about going to visit, then many people go back in the name of budget. But let us tell you that if you want to travel abroad even on a low budget, then you can go to the Maldives. Today we will tell you how you can visit the Maldives in just 40 thousand.
Book flight first
Let us tell you that to go to the Maldives, you have to book a flight from your city to Male. Here we are telling you about the flight to the Maldives from Delhi and Mumbai. Before planning to visit the Maldives, keep in mind that you should book your tickets about 2 months in advance. The second important thing is to book refundable flights, so that if there is any change in your dates or if your ticket is cancelled then you will get your money back.
If you are booking flights from Delhi to Male, then you can book tickets from many online travel sites. The cost of a one-way flight from Delhi to Male is Rs 8,851.
A one-way flight from Mumbai to Male will cost around Rs 7,733. Let us tell you that the difference in the flight range from Mumbai to the Maldives comes because the distance from Mumbai to Male is very less, about 1672 kilometres.
Stay at Local Island
Private islands in the Maldives are very expensive. This is because they are built in the middle of the sea and another reason why they are so expensive is that everything is imported and the government adds tax to them. Since you are planning a budget trip, choose a local guesthouse on the local island for yourself. You may not find their facilities luxurious, but they are quite average. You can book in advance for accommodation in BoduMagu, Maafushi, Huraa etc. Islands. Here you will find many budget holiday homes priced at Rs 2000.
Do shopping in the local market
There are many good places to shop in the Maldives, especially in Male, the capital of Maldives. Products you can buy from Maldivian markets include craft products, handmade T-shirts, and jewellery. You can shop in the markets from Male's local market, MajidiMagu, and Island Bazaar. Keep in mind that you will have to bargain in these markets, only then any goods can be bought within the budget.
Take local transport
All islands in the Maldives, whether private resort islands or public ones are small and manageable, and can be covered on foot. For this reason, there is no car rental service available in the Maldives, although taxis do operate in the larger islands. The most convenient and cheapest way to explore an island is by walking. As far as travel between the different islands is concerned, you have a few good options, such as travelling there in buses or ferries. The ferry is the cheapest option when it comes to travel between the islands of Maldives, costing 30 MVR-60 MVR (Maldivian Rupee) for a journey of more than five hours.
Choose local restaurants to eat
As we mentioned, everything is available to you on the private island, but it is not so on the local island. Restaurant and food prices are a bit pricey in the Maldives, so be sure to include a mile when choosing a guesthouse. Eat food in restaurants and cafes where your meal cost is under Rs.500.
If you plan your trip to the Maldives by following these tips, then you can easily complete a 2 Nights 3 Days trip in 40000 thousand rupees.
Ticket cost (to and fro) - approx 18500 rupees
Living expenses- Rs 5000
Local transport cost – Rs 2000
Food expenses- about 5000 rupees
Shopping Expense- Rs 5000
So take this a rough cost of Rs 35,500 and it may be that one or two thousand rupees may go up or down. If you save money, you can also enjoy small water activities.
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