8 Quirky, Budget-Friendly International and Domestic Honeymoon Destinations
Lehenga, sherwani — check. Makeup, check. Jewelry, check. Mehendiwala and pagdiwala, check. Honeymoon…? Don’t check! Behind the dream wedding, there are months of planning, sleepless nights and meltdowns! And, therefore, a romantic detox after a wedding becomes a must for newlyweds. If you’re planning to get married soon, but haven’t decided on your honeymoon destination yet, don’t worry! Because we have a list of unique, romantic, offbeat and economical places!
If you think this tiny pearl-shaped island nation is ideal for beach lovers, you’re wrong! Here you can visit Ella, a small town nestled in the Badulla district of Uva province, home to beautiful mountains, majestic waterfalls, tea plantations and other scenic offerings! Head to Turtle Beach, sail with your soul mate in the Indian Ocean, go whale watching in Mirissa, climb Adams Peak – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and admire the magnificent sunrise.
Estimated budget: Rs 40,000 – Rs 80,000
Turquoise waters, untouched nature, enchanting sea life, and more, Andaman is a paradise for water babies. As well as walking hand-in-hand with your significant other on the pristine beaches, you can snorkel at North Bay Island or Elephant Beach at Havelock Island, scuba dive and sea walk. elephants, explore the limestone caves of Baratang, try mangrove kayaking at Mayabunder, go island hopping – Neil Island, Havelock Island, Viper Island, North Bay Island, and more. Andaman also offers treks up Mount Harriet to Madhuban via Kala Patthar.
Estimated budget: From Rs 16,999 (per person)
Looking for a romantic, adventurous and economical international honeymoon destination? So off to Nepal! The neighboring country of India has a lot to offer – admire the scenic beauty of Pokhara, visit Boudhanath Temple, Dakshinkali Temple, numerous monasteries as well as Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu or enjoy Kathmandu’s vibrant nightlife at Casino Royale , Karma Bar and Lounge and Kathmandu Durbar Place where you can savor the local cuisine. To get the best view of Mount Everest, visit Nagarkot, a small village in Nepal, which also offers views of other peaks in the Annapurna range from the comfort of their hotel balconies or terraces. If you are a mountain lover, don’t miss the aerial tours that offer breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Makalu, Mount Gosainthan, to name a few- one.
Estimated budget: Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000
The “Golden City” is best known for its magnificent forts, palaces, popular culture and the grand Thali of Rajasthan. Experience camping at Sam Sand Dunes – pick the one that fits your budget. Take a camel safari in the Thar Desert and see its unique desert wildlife or board a jeep and go on an adventurous ride and admire the glistening Sam Sand Dunes, Fossil Park and Padholi Sanctuary. Moreover, your honeymoon is incomplete without a boat in Gadsisar Lake, which is surrounded by marvelous temples and ghats.
Estimated budget: From Rs 7,000 (per person)
If Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in bang bang could romance in Santorini, you too! The alluring Balkan nation across the Aegean Sea is slowly emerging as one of the favorite destinations for honeymooners. From exploring historic structures in the capital, Athens (like the Temple of Zeus, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Hephaestus), to sailing the Ionian Sea of the island of Corfu, Greece is for those who want discover ancient times and live in the dream surroundings, full of breathtaking architecture, crystal clear waters and most beautiful villages. Also discover Kamari Beach (the black pebble beach), Perissa Beach and Red Beach. If you are looking to enjoy the nightlife, the island of Mykonos is the best bait.
Estimated budget: Rs 2 lakes – Rs 2.5 lakes.
Blessed with calm and stirring backwaters, Alleppey, Kerala, will make you feel rejuvenated with its effervescent beauty. Experience simple village life in Kuttanad, a popular place for paddy fields, coconuts, duck farming and spice cultivation. One can also opt for kayaking in the magnificent backwaters. St. Mary’s Church, Nagaraja Temple, Chettikulangara Bhagavathy Temple, St Andrew’s Florence Forance Church, Ambalapuzha Krishna Temple, Latin Catholic Church are some of the popular religious places to visit in Alleppey. The Triveni market or floating market is also something you should check out. Don’t miss the Alleppey houseboats on floats, either, when you’re on your honeymoon.
Estimated budget: From Rs 8,000 (per person)
The land of the pharaohs and the pyramids, North Africa’s most fascinating honeymoon destination, will wow you with its history, culture and intriguing architects. As well as walking through the gigantic pyramids of Egypt, explore the temple complex of Karnak in Luxor. Riding a camel or horseback at sunset in Giza surrounded by the pyramids is the most romantic thing to do in Egypt. Sailing the Nile, shopping for souvenirs from the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, perfumes and jewelry from Islamic Cairo should be on your to-do list. Those who love adventure must go diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of Hurghada. The Grand Aquarium of Hurghada is not to be missed. Exploring Zawiyyet al-Mayyiteen (the Dead City), witnessing the Pyramid of Djoser (the oldest carved monument on Earth) and hiking Mount Sinai are unusual things you can do to make your honeymoon memorable.
Estimated budget: Rs 1.2 lakes – 1.6 lakes
Popularly called “Switzerland of India”, Khajjiar is blessed with green grasslands, dense forests and majestic snow-capped Himalayan mountains. Kalatop Sanctuary should be on your bucket list if you want to explore Khajjiar’s rich flora and fauna. Surrounded by lush deodar forests, Khajjiar Lake is the main attraction here. Rota and Ladi are some of the most marvelous villages that offer stunning views of Mount Kailash. Khajji Nag Temple, a temple dedicated to the Lord of Serpents, which was built in the 12th century is one of the oldest temples in Himachal Pradesh. Go hiking on the Dhauladar range, the fascinating view of the snow-capped peaks will not disappoint you. Boating on Dal Lake, trekking on Ganji Pahadi and Daikund Peak, and visiting Subhash Baoli should be among the things you must do.
Estimated budget: From Rs 5,000 (per person)
Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 07:00 IST