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Hey Friends, have you put a full stop or semi colon to your fascinating Travel journey’s post having Kids? Not so sure how to go about & where to tap on with kids in India?
India, a diverse but friendly country has so much on plate for children. Rich in history & traditions, overflowing with amazing Flora & Fauna, full of adrenaline rush activities, Luxurious stay at palaces and Villas, Deserts to snow, Greens to sands, it has almost everything a child wold love to explore, learn & appreciate.
Let’s delve into some amazing top 5 child friendly places in India:
Acquaintance with a beautiful nature, clean life, Calm weather, honest people, kid friendly activities, Kerala offers a unique experience for a Family Travel.
Start out at “Cochin” to see those Bollywood famous Fishing nets from the Fort and then start for “Munnar hill station”. Breathtakingly beautiful hill station, full of Tea plantations, dense flora & fauna, this will for sure make you fall in love with what India is! Get onto “Thekkady”, a small village famous for the Periyar National park & Tiger Reserve. This will be a great exploration for kids, to get onto Nature walk, Spotting Tigers in Tiger trails, Boating around the sanctuary and spotting Asian elephants, going for Bamboo rafting[mainly big children and adults].
All these experiences will make this visit a memorable one. The route then goes to visit “Venice of South India – Alleppy”, famous for its backwaters, lots of waterways and canals. A day at the houseboat will be for sure a fascinating experience for kids. Why not head on to the calm yet touristy “Kovalam beaches”? Get onto some Ayurvedic Spa for yourself while the kids have some water fun!
A little more stretch at “Kanyakumari”, the southern most tip of India, gives you some marvellous landscapes to capture for ever in your eyes & hearts. Kids will for sure appreciate the Sunrise & Sunsets you get to view there, along with visit to the famous Vivekananda Rock memorial!
Best Time: October – March
2. Lonavala – Matheran:
A stunning hill station located very close to Mumbai & Pune, offers a panoramic view along with some spell binding adrenaline activities which kids will love for sure. Why not get an unforgettable hot air balloon ride to embrace the amazing views full of greens & surrounded by hills? Or get the Trekking love ignited by visiting the Duke’s Nose trek & have hands on rappelling? Or why not try out camping at some of the great camp sites Lonavala offers with complete family? With horse Riding, numerous outdoor sports, whole family is for sure gonna enjoy the thrill of Lonavala.
Nearly an hour and a half drive from Lonavala, is Matheran. Apart from enjoying the amazing beauty it offers, kids can easily enjoy horse riding. Even riding hand cart or get a small train ride as well for fun. If not, go for Chanderi caves trekking or opt for the waterfall rappelling, a lifetime experience you’ll hold onto! You’ll find ample monkeys welcoming you on this muddy land, so enjoy but beware of their naughtiness!
Best Time: October – April
3. Rann of Kutch:
That’s something kids don’t get to see very often. World’s largest Salt desert, Rann of Kutch, organises “Rann Utsav” every year during the winter months. Ranging from spotting Flamingoes to some sand fauna, it gives children some interesting insights into the local handicrafts while enjoying Camel rides and various other sports. Witnessing the sunset & night of the white salt of The Little Rann of Kutch will for sure make kids fall in love with the diverse nature. Their interactions with the locals on their life, visit the UNESCO’s Wold heritage site – Rani ka Vav, will leave them jaw dropping!
Best time: November – February
4. Himachal Pradesh:
Covering India with the Himalaya’s, It embodies a scintillating beauty, with varied activities in different seasons. From Snow Skiing in winters to Trekking trails in Spring/Summer months, it is an apt destination to explore in all weather’s with kids.
Venture out to :
Manali for Skiing, Trekking & witness the amazing snow clad ranges
Kasauli – For Paragliding & the Greens
Kasol & Kullu – For Rafting & enjoying with fresh water
Kufri – For Skiing, horse rides, Nature Parks, Fun world for kids
Chail – For Paragliding, Wildlife
Best Time: July to September and March – June (Winter months – Dec – Feb are snowy but perfect if you love snowfall & snow skiing).
5. Darjeeling (Toy Train) & Kalimpong:
A child friendly Toy train riding on the mountainous terrain will take you all for a beautiful adventure! Visit a very well maintained “Himalayan Zoological park” with some high altitude rare & endangered animals as snow leopard, Red Panda, which will energize the kids. It offers amazing sights & options for kids to enjoy their Indian vacations.
If your kids love Trekking, this Darjeeling – Sikkim terrain has ample treks for all. From easy to hard, trekkers can witness reverberating beauty of the ranges, waterfalls, tea estates. Witnessing sunrise at Tiger hill will for sure leave you spell bound. Why not get a little Mountaineering done, with the support at “Himalayan Mountaineering Institute”? It also has a ropeway – “Darjeeling Rangeet valley passenger ropeway” to experience the amazing mountains & peaks of the North east via cable cars.
Approx 2 hours drive from Darjeeling will get you to Kalimpong, an astoundingly serene place offering amazing Rafting experience in the lifeline of North Bengal – River Teesta.
Excited enough, pack your bags & hit the destination. I can personally vouch of the excitement it gives throughout!
Best Time: October -December (Winter months) and May – June
Start freezing the dates and mark your calendar as it is the outset of fascinating exploration of India.
Happy Travelling with Kids!