Budget friendly honeymoon destinations in India and abroad
A honeymoon is a well-earned holiday for a newly married couple. They get a break from all the months of wedding planning and stress, while also taking time to commemorate the start of their life together. A dream honeymoon need not be expensive and we’re here to bring you some fantastic destinations that are big on experience and savings.
- Jaipur – A Royal India Experience
Jaipur is an exotic option for a honeymoon. Even on a budget this royal city offers a rich array of destinations for sight-seeing, shopping and cuisine. The entire city feels like a history book come alive, with the old-world charm of the Rajput architecture and vibrantly unique Rajasthani culture. What could be better than exploring the majestic forts with your soul mate? A stroll through the historical markets will ensure you find affordable souvenirs and keepsakes to remember your trip. There is a wide choice of reasonably priced hotels and haveli homestays that make Jaipur a budget friendly destination. So, make your honeymoon a ‘royal’ one by choosing Jaipur
Popular places to visit: The Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and Chokhi Dhani.
Best time to visit: Between October to March
Must-do romantic experience: The night view of Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh Fort
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 40,000 – INR 65,000/-
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2. Malta – European heritage and Mediterranean culture
If you’ve always dreamed of a European honeymoon but needed a pocket-friendly option, then Malta is the country to visit. Malta is an island nation off the coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Ocean. It is an English-speaking nation that enjoys temperate pleasant climate, almost all year round. As the cost of living in Malta, is comparable to India a honeymoon there is far cheaper than let’s say Paris or London. Malta has a rich cultural heritage and offers many options for sight-seeing, as well as the stunning natural beauty of its coastline and harbours. The capital Valetta is known for museums, palaces and grand churches. In fact, the whole city is listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site. A truly ‘one of a kind’ honeymoon experience awaits you in Malta.
Popular places to visit: Triton Fountain, St. John’s Cathedral, Barrakka Gardens, Strait Street
Best time to visit: April to December
Must-do romantic experience: A romantic evening on the Valetta waterfront, with harbour views, a pedestrian-only boulevard and great restaurants.
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 1, 50,000 – INR 2, 00,000/-
3.Munnar – Scenic hill station
Munnar is a hill station destination located in Kerala. It is home to verdant hills covered in tea gardens and lush green natural beauty. A colder climate, lush forests, undulating mountains and valleys covered in emerald green tea gardens and several lakes makes Munnar nature lovers, dream-come-true. A newly married couple can have a wide range of budget experiences while on honeymoon in Munnar. You could stay in a tree house, go trekking to the Echo Point, visit Eravikulam National Park or just enjoy the beauty of the tea gardens. The cosy cold climate and stunning natural beauty will be sure to give you that romantic vibe on your honeymoon.
Popular places to visit: Echo Point, Kundala Lake, Atukkad Waterfalls, Eravikulam National Park and Elephant Lake
Best time to visit: September to May
Must-do romantic experience: A romantic stroll through the tea gardens
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 35,000 – INR 60,000/-
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4. Philippines – Romantic beaches and shopping destination
With many virgin islands and a bustling metropolis, Philippines is an excellent destination if you are on a budget. As your first trip as a couple, you will have a memorable time exploring all the gorgeous places around Philippines. There are many fabulous and well-kept hotels that are reasonably priced, with a guarantee of great hospitality. Apart from the numerous tropical islands that will give you unmatched gorgeous beaches, the capital Manila has loads to offer as well. Considered a major shopping destination, Manila also has captivating museums, hip bars, art galleries and taste bud-stimulating street food.
Popular places to visit: Port Barton, El Nido and Coron (these islands’ beaches were recently named the most beautiful in the world)
Best time to visit: November to April
Must-do romantic experience: A couple’s massage on the beach
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 1, 00,000 – INR 1, 75,000/-
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5. Mahabalipuram- Pristine untouched beaches
Standing on a pristine beach and looking out at the azure sea, just screams romantic getaway. Mahabalipuram is a hidden coastal gem that’s on its way to becoming a bonafide honeymoon hotspot. It’s a splendid location for leisurely strolls on the beach, romantic seaside sunsets and stargazing with your one true love. There are also some historical places of interest like the Shore temple to explore. As it is off the beaten path, Mahabalipuram has a choice of excellent hotels at attractive tariffs. For couples seeking a romantic beach honeymoon that’s decidedly budget friendly, Mahabalipuram is the place to be.
Popular places to visit: Arjuna’s Penance, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, Tiger Cave, and the natural rock formation called the Krishna’s Butter Ball.
Best time to visit: November to Feburary
Must-do romantic experience: A private dinner for two on the beach at sunset
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 45,000 – INR 70,000/-
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6. Egypt- Ancient world heritage site
The ultimate honeymoon destination for history buffs is Egypt. Like Antony and Cleopatra, you can have an epic honeymoon experience exploring the historical wonders of this ancient country. A perfect honeymoon in Egypt would include time spent exploring the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the Valley Temple, ride a camel across the desert and dine at a handful of evocative restaurants. You would need a guide to help you explore Cairo’s essential sights, but guided tours are plenty on offer and extremely well priced as well. Be sure to also check out Cairo’s two signature city attractions, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum and the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar.
Popular places to visit: The Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the Valley Temple
Best time to visit: October to April
Must-do romantic experience: Lunch aboard a wooden “felucca” boat as you float down the Nile
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 1, 35,000 – INR 1, 85,000/-
The Sphinx, Philae Temple
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7. Hampi – Naturally scenic with iconic ruins
Hampi is where you find the historic ruins of the once glorious Vijaynagar Empire and is one of India’s best world-class heritage wonders. Hampi is located magnificently on the banks of the Tungabhadra River where a fantasy world of ruins, rocks and boulders dominate the unearthly landscape. Its endless historical charm, superabundant natural beauty, and laid-back atmosphere are starting to attract an increasingly cosmopolitan crowd. Hampi may just take your breath away, just like when you first saw your engagement ring.
Popular places to visit: Mahanavami Dibba, Talarigatta Gate, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Underground Temple, Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple, Lotus Palace, Virupaksha Bazaar, Vira Harihara Palace
Best time to visit: October to March
Must-do romantic experience: Take in the stunning sunset and panoramic views of Hampi, from the top of Matanga Hills
Approximate cost of a 5-day honeymoon: INR 40,000 – INR 65,000/-
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