As schools will break for summer vacation soon, it’s time to read up on which places in India are ideal of family vacations! After all, the summers are their well-deserved break from the grind of school, tuitions, exams and constant competition! An ideal summer vacation with kids has all of the following: a great hotel with child friendly policies, some activities so that the children don’t get bored, enough down time for the parents to get a break and delicious food! Here are some options for you to choose from!
Kerala: Kids will love to spend a night on a houseboat, or take in part in canoeing trips across tiny villages. There are many opportunities to see elephants, including the famous Elephant Junction in Thekkady. If your kids are into nature, you might want to take them for Spice/Tea plantation tours and the Periyar National Park. It is one the most relaxing holiday options you have, even if you choose to just sit around, read a bit and go for a few walks.
Kerala offers a rich and diverse experience – incredible greenery, amazing weather and scenic beauty makes hill station locations in Kerala like Wayanad a perfect holiday destination. Families visit the hill station year after year, and the clouds at eye level mesmerize kids. Must see locations here include Pookot Lake, Thirunelly Temple, Edakkal Caves. Kids will love to see the many famous waterfalls here, including Sentinel Rocks Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls and Soochippara – what a relief from the summer heat!
Rajasthan: No matter what kind of experience you’re looking for, Rajasthan is a traveller’s delight. Kids will love the exciting elephant outings in Jaipur, which will keep them busy for most of the day. Or, you can take them hot air ballooning over cities like Jaipur. Kids who love nature will definitely want to visit Ranthambore National Park for its Tiger Safaris. Adventure activities include ziplining at Mehrangarh Fort (Jodhpur), and camping overnight in Jaisalmer at the desert camps.
Goa: There are so many adventure activities that you can schedule an entire day of excitement for your kids. From water sports like snorkeling to boat rides, there’s so much to do. Or, you can lie down on the beach for a nap while the little ones make sand castles. Take them for a quick trip around Old Goa to give them a history lesson by visiting beautiful churches and forts. And don’t forget your sunscreen!
Ooty: The queen of hill stations in South India, Ooty, is a must-see! The climate is incredibly soothing and the landscape is picturesque. Places to visit with your family include Botanical Garden and Deer Park, and Doddabetta, Kalhatty Falls and Pykara Lake. You can also take the kids for fishing, trekking and horse riding. Younger kids will love the mini-train and pony rides and trips through the tea gardens. The local Honey & Bee Museum is interesting too!