I work in US and any course here is $2250 to start with and you have to waste 5 working days. In effect, you will loose 5 days of leave / pay in addition to the course fee of $2250. You do the math
In India some courses are only IRs 30,000 which comes around $600 only. I checked with Oracle and they said I can take classes in India when I go on vacation. It means courses taken anywhere in the world are valid and will count to OCMJEA / OCMJD certifications. While searching I came across a course something like "J2SE 6 Programming" which is listed as a common course for OCMJD and OCMJEA. Which means if you take this course, or any other common courses which are in the Oracle approved list of courses, you can fulfill the requirements for OCMJEA or OCMJD exams.
Interesting. I am a contractor, so I receive daily 50+ mails about contract java opportunities from recruiters. Whenever the requirement is for architect, it usually mention about certifications and it is preferred/required.