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10 child friendly places to Travel in India – Part I

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? Need some travelling tips, then go right here & comeback to clinch these child friendly places.

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 10 child friendly places in India, with Part I right below (5 Incredible vacation places) :

1. Kerala: 

Child friendly Places in India - Kerala

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 :

Kids friendly travel places in India - Lonavala

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 :

Kids friendly travel places in India - 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 –

Kids friendly travel places in India - 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 :

Kids friendly travel places in India - Darjeeling

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

Feeling kicked to read part II of the rest 5 Child friendly places for travel in India? 

Till then, start freezing the dates and mark your calendar as it is the outset of fascinating exploration of India.

Happy Travelling with Kids! Which places did you find suitable to suggest others to travel with kids? Share your experiences here.

54 comments
  1. worldofnabeeda

    Me and sister have always wanted to go to India. Now that she has a child and another along the way this list will be useful as it is always hard to travel with children. So thank you for this 🙂

  2. Irena

    I’m yet to visit India (except for that time I spent 15 hours in transit in Delhi) but I am fascinated by the country. These look like fantastic suggestions and not just for the kiddies. Will pass on to my travelling family friends.

  3. Mayuri Nidigallu

    Jhilmil, let me start by complimenting you on your lovely name:)
    When a child comes along, traveling becomes a limited option. Not anymore, with these lovely child-friendly options you’ve shared. Really useful list for parents!

  4. chelf

    Visiting India has always been a dream of mine. It looks so exotic and magical to me, I can only imagine how amazing the food must be! Being a vegan, it must be heavenly to visit India!

  5. Jackie

    What a lovely Gide and very beautiful places you mentioned. It’s nice to have travel friendly places and perfect for family vacations. Thanks for sharing and amazing article.

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