Are you a couple looking for some of the best places to go for your honeymoon but are on a budget? Here is a complete guide to some of the most inexpensive honeymoon destinations for you that can give you a first-class, luxurious vibe at an affordable rate.
The Importance Of Having A Nice Honeymoon
Getting married is one of the most significant events of one’s life but it can also get a lot hectic. After days of rituals and family functions and lots of socialising, the honeymoon is the time you finally get to relax and spend some quality time with your one and only. Honeymooning can be very fulfilling for a relationship as this is the time you are completely focused on each other. So, the first thing to remember is that it is not about money, but time.
Even if you do not have time for a week-long vacation, you can always opt for a mini-moon. But be sure to plan your honeymoon for later. This vacay will be the time you reconnect with your partner, explore each other’s interests, rejuvenate your wedding vows and make plans for the future.
What Makes For A Great Honeymoon Destination?
Before we begin with the list of some of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget, let’s figure out what are some of the musts while looking for a place.
Since honeymooning is an intimate and personal affair, you should always go to places that are serene, calm, or wrapped in the lap of nature. Going to places which are overcrowded or bustling with activities might just set the wrong tone for your honeymoon mood. You can also set aside places that have too much to offer because you do not want a busy itinerary on your honeymoon.
Couples looking for romantic honeymoon destinations can opt for the seaside or some hill country nestled in mountain ranges. If you want to have an adventurous vacation, you can try activities like trekking, hot air balloon rides, skydiving, or various water sports.
Places which are well-connected by flights or roads always make for better honeymoon destinations. This reduces your travel cost and you do not end up spending a lot of time and energy before beginning your honeymoon.
Without further ado, let’s get to know some of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget.
The 5 Best Affordable Honeymoon Destinations For 2023
1. Goa—Honeymoon at The Beach Capital of India
Does the name Goa give you a bachelor or bachelorette party vibe? Do not worry, the place also makes for a romantic honeymoon destination with its gorgeous beaches, intoxicating sunsets, buzzing nightlife, Portuguese-style architecture and luxurious beach resorts.
If you are looking for affordable honeymoon destinations, Goa tops the list because the place has a lot to offer in terms of a romantic getaway which is also not heavy on the purse.
The best time to visit Goa is from November to February when the weather is cool. This is the ideal time if you want to avoid the heat and enjoy the stunning beaches the most.
Goa is a place for all. If you are looking to get away from the crowd and enjoy a peaceful time with your soulmate, then you can opt for the lesser-known beaches in Goa.
Some of the must-visits are Majorda beach, Dona Paula Bay, Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Basilica of Bom Jesus, Colva beach, Palolem beach and Bogmalo beach.
You can take long walks along the shoreline with your partner, try some exquisite Goan delicacies, have a candlelight dinner experience, or even try water sports like banana boat rides, snorkelling, etc. If shopping is what you seek, then you can try out the Arpora Saturday Night Flea Market, Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market, or Margao Market.
Do not forget to try out lots of seafood from the local shacks. You can go for calamari fries, prawn Bachao or even their pork vindaloo and chicken cafreal. If you want local drinks, there is Kokum juice and Feni.
Airfare mostly ranges from Rs. 4000 to 12,000 depending on the State you are travelling from. The estimated total expenditure on the Goa honeymoon destination will range from Rs. 20,000 to 35,000 for 3 nights and 4 days.
2. Andamans—A Romantic Rendezvous
These small islands tucked at the Eastern coast of India are one of the most romantic honeymoon destinations which are both stunning and affordable.
Winters are the best time to visit Andaman place. The entire place has a romantic aura. Couples looking for a secluded place, this is for you. Once there, you can go for island tours, or take the inter-island Makruzz Cruise to go to Havelock Islands. If you are lucky, you can also enjoy bioluminescence at Havelock Island. Couples who are into watersports can try out scuba diving which is Rs. 1800 onwards. Instructors also let you exchange rings underwater.
If you are a nature-lover then you will love the nature walks from Mt. Harriet to Madhuban or the limestone cave explorations. However, do not put too many things to do in a single day. Set some time aside to enjoy the gorgeous sunset on Corbyn’s Cove beach.
Andamans has a mixed cuisine besides its seafood and coastal delicacies. If you want to have an authentic experience, try some local shacks for lip-smacking South Indian and North Indian dishes. Among seafood, you can try out cuttlefish, prawns, lobsters, crabs and their famous Red Snapper. Some of the best-known restaurants are Full Moon Cafe, Annapurna, Anju Coco, Bonovo Cafe and Pub, Amaya Lounge Bar and so on.
There are direct flights to Port Blair from Kolkata, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, and Hyderabad. Flight costs range from Rs. 5000 to 10,000. If you have time, then you can also board a ship to reach Port Blair. Journey fares via ships range from Rs 2000 to 8000. The overall expenditure will range from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 45,000 making it one of the most affordable honeymoon destinations in India.
3. Sri Lanka—A Spectacular Island Country
If an international trip is your desire, then do not forget Sri Lanka. The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to April. However, many also like the monsoon season that goes on from mid-July to September.
The place has a lot to offer. So, it is important that you determine what kind of vacation you want. Some of the must-visits are Colombo which is the capital city. Next, you can travel from Colombo to Bentota where you can visit the mesmerizing Bentota lagoon. You can also visit Trincomalee, a quiet beach for long romantic walks.
In Sri Lanka, you will be able to enjoy white sandy beaches, forest safaris and hill treks—all in one. Ella is another must-visit. In a beautiful mountain village, you can visit Little Adam’s tea factory near Ella.
Other popular attractions include Kandy where you can walk with elephants, Nuwara Eliya and its colonial vibe with red brick houses and tea estates, Habarana and its jungle safari, Sinharaja Forest Reserve and so on.
Some of the must-try restaurants include The Curry Leaf, The Kandy House, Helga’s Folly, etc.
7-10 days seem to be the ideal duration of stay in Sri Lanka. The estimated travel expenditure will range from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000. Flight costs vary depending upon the State you are travelling from and can range from Rs. 6000 to 10,000.
4. Mauritius—A world-class honeymoon experience
Mauritius is for those who want a luxurious honeymoon destination at an affordable rate. It is a place of clean, untainted beaches, coral islets, and blue lagoons. Mauritius is the perfect example of tropical beauty.
The best time to visit Mauritius is April to June and September to December. Commuting is expensive in Mauritius. So, you can rent a car to travel around with your partner. Mauritius has a range of beaches like Grand Bay, Pereybere, Belle Mare and Blue Bay. So, a sunset saunter and candlelight dinner dates are a must.
Some of the other main attractions of the place include Chamarel Village with its seven coloured surfaces and waterfalls, Ile Aux Cerfs popularly known as Treasure Island, Grand Bassin, Le Morne Brabant, Ile D’Ambra, and so on.
You can also cruise for Rs. 3200 per person for two hours and emulate the Titanic pose on the deck. If you are in the mood for a splurge, you can also go for a helicopter ride to watch the underwater waterfalls illusion at Le Morne Brabant.
Mauritius is well connected to India with direct flights available from Delhi. Mumbai and Chennai. Flight fare costs approximately Rs. 22,000 to Rs. 40,000. The overall travel expenditure will range from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 for 6 days and 7 nights.
5. Bali—Island of Gods
A honeymoon in Bali is the best way to tell your partner how much you love them. More affordable than Mauritius and Maldives, this place combines culture and nature perfectly.
The best time to visit Bali is either April and May or September and October when you can avoid the scorching sun. This is not the peak season so you might be able to get discounted rates at hotels or villas.
To travel, you can hire a moped or avail of cheaper taxi services like Grab instead of the more expensive Blue Bird taxis.
Some of the must-visits here include Canggu, Finns Beach Club, Kuta where you can visit Poppies Lane, Legion, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Ubud where you can enjoy the scenery of the Tegenungan waterfall, Uluwatu, Jimbaran Bay, and so on.
When in Bali, you will be mesmerized by the beauty dripping all around you. This is the ultimate romantic getaway you can ever have with your partner. From sunsets on private beaches to rejuvenating spa days, Bali has a relaxing aura.
Some of the best places to eat are Sa’Mesa Canggu, Wok Wok, Bai Yun, Izakaya by Oku and so on.
Flight fare ranges from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 25,000 and the overall travel cost estimation stands at Rs. 60,000 to 80,000 for 6 days and 5 nights approximately.
Conclusion: What to Bring on Your Honeymoon?
With that, we come to the end of the list of the best honeymoon destinations on a budget. Whichever destination you settle with, remember to have loads of fun and spice it up with games, sports, and adventures to make it a memorable vacay.
If you are going to a beach destination, do not forget to pack your swimwear, loads of sunblock, insect repellent, shorts, hats, and flip-flops. Go with flowy cotton dresses and pearl or shell accessories to go with them. Carry your choice of protection and other necessary medicines, chargers, electronic devices etc. Also carry your passports, a hard copy of your travel documents and identity cards if you are travelling internationally.