10 Best Honeymoon Destinations on a Budget

It is said that matches are made in heaven. While this may be true, weddings take place on earth and come at a substantial cost.

An average Indian wedding costs between 20 lakhs to 5 crores. And, the Indian wedding industry is growing at a rate of 25%-30% each year. The average Indian spends almost one-fifth of the total wealth they have accumulated over their lifetime on wedding expenditures.

Considering the significant costs, it is natural that young couples today are looking for economically smart solutions to the big, fat Indian wedding and of course the honeymoon that must follow – without having to cut corners. 

Some thoughtful financial planning and forethought, is bound to result in a honeymoon that is big on its returns to the investment you make, both to your financial bank and your memory bank.

Here is a list of gorgeous and economical honeymoon destinations that you can travel to without burning a hole in your pocket.

1. Bhutan

The happiest country in the world makes for an amazing choice for honeymooners. Bhutan is cosy and comfortable making it an ideal romantic getaway.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 30,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 30,000 – 50,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- All year
  • Must Visit- Taktsang Lhakhang,  Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Punakha Dzong
2. Bali

Synonymous with paradise, Bali is a treat for couples who are looking to spend their honeymoon at surreal beaches packed with water sports and impeccable Indonesian cuisine. Bali has the perfect laid-back vibe and luxury water villas that will help you relax and rejuvenate after all the hectic wedding events.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 40,000 (round trip) per person
  • Land Package- Rs 50,000- 1 Lakh per couple
  • Best time to visit- April- October
  • Must Visit- Mount Batur, Uluwatu Temple, Gili Islands
  • Visa on arrival
3. Singapore

Singapore is the ideal honeymoon destination for the party-loving, pub-hopping newlywed couple. From busy streets, tall skyscrapers, and candle-light dinners this destination is bound to keep you coming back for more.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 26,000 per person
  • Land Package- Rs 28,000 – 37,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- July
  • Must Visit- Gardens at the Bay, Spa Botanica on Sentosa, Bukit Batok Town Park
  • Tourist visa to be applied for in advance
4. Thailand

Thailand is one of the most pocket-friendly and cheap honeymoon destinations for newlywed couples. With its tropical lands, serene temples, vibrant orchids, exotic shopping centres, and indulgent couple spas, it’s no surprise Thailand is such a hot favourite for honeymooners.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 20,000 per person
  • Land Package- Rs 70,000 – 1.5 Lakh per couple
  • Best time to visit- November- April
  • Must Visit- Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Koh Samui
  • Visa on arrival
  • Budget pro tip- Travel locally using Tuk-tuk
5. Vietnam

If you’re looking for a lavish honeymoon holiday without an extravagant budget Vietnam is THE place for you. You and your better half will love how rich with culture, art, and food Vietnam is.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 46,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 40,000 – 70,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- September
  • Must Visit- Hoi An, Halong Bay, Hanoi, Sapa
  • Visa on arrival
6. Lakshadweep

Escaping to Lakshwadeep’s spell-binding islands, glimmering water, and adventure activities with your partner is no biggie on a budget. 

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 20,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 30,000 – 50,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- October- February
  • Must Visit- Agatti Island, Kavaratti, Minicoy Island
7. Malaysia

This destination is among the top three cheapest honeymoon locations in all of Asia. You will love the rich tapestry of culture, history, and the pristine beaches of Malaysia.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 22,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 66000 – 87,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- December- February
  • Must Visit- Tioman Island, Langkawi, Perhentian Island
  • Tourist tax is approximately Rs 170 – 175 per person
8. Nepal

Nepal offers a breathtaking view of the biggest mountain range in the world. This serene country is a true hidden gem for honeymooners. Also, perfect for nature and adventure seekers.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 40,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 45000 – 60,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- April- August
  • Must Visit- Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur
9. Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect location for the calm and serenity-seeking couple. You have loads to do there – dolphin and whale watching to exciting treks up the active volcano of Reunion island.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 80,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 19000 – 24,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- May- December
  • Must Visit- Port Louis, Grand Baie, Le Morne
  • Visa on arrival
10. Sri Lanka

A true traveller’s paradise, Sri Lanka is abundant with exotic wildlife and historic caves. Take your beloved to explore the caves at Sigiriya or go for a jungle safari on elephants to get the full Sri Lankan experience.

Plan your honeymoon with the following details:

  • Average Flight Ticket Cost- Rs 20,000 per couple
  • Land Package- Rs 40000 – 80,000 per couple
  • Best time to visit- August- February
  • Must Visit- Kandy, Noverelia, Bentota
  • Visa on arrival for a fee of Rs 900

With the right information and planning, you’re all set. So, go ahead and experience the holiday of a lifetime!

Author Bio:

Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore (refusing to acknowledge the name change) and works with MoneyTap, India’s first app-based credit-line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life’s mission to help and educate people on various financial topics, so email him your questions at shiv@moneytap.com.