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18 Places You Must Visit with Your Kids in India

Travelling with kids can be fun but most of us face trouble while selecting a destination in India. Since the country is vast and travelling modes can become uncomfortable at times, we may have to settle for nearby or known destinations each time we plan a holiday with kids. But you know this way, we are losing out on so much that this beautiful country has to offer to us and our children. So, what is the solution? Should we stay ignorant and take our kids to monotonous destinations? No, I say! India is such a colourful land and our growing kids deserve to see the different hues of this iconic country.

Check out the list of 18 best places in India where you can spend vacation with your kids-

  • Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir
  • Puri, Odisha
  • Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  • Gaya, Bihar
  • Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat
  • Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
  • Hampi, Karnataka
  • Munnar, Kerala
  • Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Majuli Islands, Assam
  • Andaman
  • Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  • Amritsar, Punjab
  • Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
  • Darjeeling, West Bengal
  • Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Gangtok, Sikkim

Let’s have a quick look –

Best Hill Stations for Kids Kashmir, Munnar, Ooty, Manali, Gangtok, Darjeeling
Best Beaches for Kids Puri, Andaman, Visakhapatnam
Best Wildlife Destination for Kids Bandhavgarh National Park
Best Religious Sites to Explore with Kids Hampi, Amritsar, Puri, Rameswaram, Darjeeling, Gangtok
Best Historical Places for Kids Hampi, Andaman, Visakhapatnam, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Gaya, Puri
Best Place for Birdwatching Majuli Island
Best Place for Desert Safari Jaisalmer

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Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir

Dal Lake Kashmir

For obvious reasons Kashmir is at the top of this list because there is so much that our kids can learn from it. Unparalleled beauty can be the first thing that will catch the eyes of kids here but once you start taking them places and explaining why all these destinations are important, your kids might realize how fortunate they are to be here. Having to see the simple lifestyle of Kashmiris and their attachment towards their land despite all the tribulations can give your kids a different outlook towards life. Also, the opportunity to stay in a houseboat; ski in Gulmarg (seasonal); visit tulip gardens (seasonal) and horse riding in Aru Valley might give them an experience for which they cannot be thankful enough to you.

Places of Interest: Srinagar, Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Gulmarg

Things to Do with Kids: Houseboat Stay, Horse Riding, Skiing, Golfing, Trekking

Also Check Out: Complete Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Guide

Puri, Odisha

Puri Jagannath Temple

No, you don’t have to be a follower of a certain faith to visit a place like Puri. Yes, it is one of the prominent Char Dham sites in India but it has lot to offer in terms of rich architectural heritage. Blessed with a serene beach that is comparatively very clean and numerous ancient buildings including the majestic Jagannath Temple, this place deserves to be in the list to make your kids understand the rich history of the country.

Places of Interest: Jagganath Temple, Puri Beach, Puri Beach Market, Loknath Temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village, Chilika Lake

Things to Do with Kids: Visit Chilika Lake Bird Sanctuary, Taste the Maha Prasadam of Jagannath Temple, Try Seafood, Visit Konark Temple (35kms from Puri), Sunset View at Puri Beach

Also Check Out: Odisha Travel & Tourism Guide

Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Ajanta Caves Aurangabad Maharashtra

As a good parent it is our duty to give our kids the education that their school curriculum do not have and I believe the best way to do it to make them travel to different places. In a country like India where diversity plays an important role, you can impart a great deal of knowledge to your kids that can be helpful all through their lives. So, moving forward in our list, I would add Aurangabad to the list of places you should visit with kids in India. This place in Maharashtra has incredible monuments that can surely interest kids. The famous 2nd century BC Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the places that your kids would definitely be interested in. Apart from it, the Bibi Ka Maqbara, which by the way looks similar to Taj Mahal is also situated here. The bank of Kham River can also be a place to take your kids after a hectic day of sightseeing.

Places of Interest: Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Daulatabad, Pitalkhora Caves, Panch Chakki Khuldabad, Guatala Sanctuary, Dnyashewar Udyan, Sunheri Mahal, Jayakwadi Dam, Mhaismal

Things to Do with Kids: Visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Camp at Sharnapur, Wildlife tour to Guatala Sanctuary, Bird Watching at Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary

Also Check Out: Maharashtra Travel & Tourism Guide

Gaya, Bihar

Mahabodhi Temple Gaya Bihar

Yes Bihar, you need to take your kids to this infamous state. Why? Because Bihar boasts of incredible history that all our generation should know. Once the royal seat of Emperor Ashoka the Great and the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Bihar is an important destination to take your kids in India. The best place in Bihar for a thorough tour with children would be Gaya. This place boasts being an important site for Hindus, Buddhist and Jains with number of temples and monasteries arrayed at the bank of Phalgu River. Also, there still exists the tree under which it is believed Buddha attained enlightenment. So, you see, your kids have a lot of things to be excited about and learn as well.

Places of Interest: Vishnupad Temple, Mangla Gauri Temple, Pawaipuri, Bodhgaya, Brahmajuni, Tergar Monastery, Tibetan Refugee Market

Things to Do with Kids: Climb 1000 stone steps to reach Brahmajuni, Shop at Tibetan Refugee Market, Witness the Great Buddha of Statue

Also Check Out: Bihar Travel & Tourism Information Guide

Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Great Runn of Kutch

You must take your kids to this place in India. Spread in an area of 7,505 sq km this great stretch of white salt is a sight that your children will never forget and neither will you. Camel rides are available to this place and if incase you plan your travel during the Rann Utsav then you can enjoy the traditional and music here as well. A trip to Great Rann of Kutch is an excellent opportunity to help your kids realize the diversity in India. You may also introduce your children with the traditional art and craft by taking them to nearby Hodka and Dhordo Village. Also, a sightseeing tour to Bhuj can also enhance the charm of this very informational tour.

Places of Interest: Bhuj, Hodka Village, Dhordo Village, Kala Dungar

Things to Do with Kids: Camel Ride, Introduction to local art and craft, Sightseeing at Bhuj, Taste the local cuisine especially Khamman Dhokla

Also Check Out: Complete Gujarat Travel & Tourism Information

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Camel Safari Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer is a complete package on its own and it can be recommended to all kinds of tourists. What makes it an ideal destination in India for kids is the fact that it gives them plenty of things to do. You can take your kids for Camel Safari in the wide stretches of SAM Dunes, heritage tour and camping in Jaisalmer and trust me; your children are going to love it! Jaisalmer can be an excellent place to teach your young ones about rich culture and why it is important to preserve it.

Places of Interest: Jaisalmer Fort, Gadsisar Lake, Desert Culture Centre & Museum, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Government Museum, Jaisalmer fort palace museum, Jaisalmer fort outside and insider, Bada Bagh, Lodhruva, Desert National Park, Bhaniyana, Lanela, Patwon Ki Haveli, Tilon Ki Pol, Nathmal Ki Haveli, Laxminarayan Temple, Salim Singh Ki Haveli

Things to Do with Kids in Jaisalmer: Camel Safari, Wildlife Safari to Desert National Park, Museum Visits, Camping

Also Read: Complete Rajasthan Travel & Tourism Info

Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi Karnataka

South India can be an exhilarating experience for your kids. One of the most appealing sites to take your children in South India can be Hampi. Recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi boasts of rich history and ample of knowledge is to be collected from it. Now almost in ruins this place might not catch the attentions of your kids at first but as they spend more time here, they may realize the worth of this place and why it was once reckoned one of the world’s richest and largest cities.

Places of Interest: Achyutaraya Temple, Badavi Linga, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple, Hazara Rama Temple Complex, Krishna Temple Complex, Vittala Temple Complex, Virupaksha Temple known

Things to Do with Kids in Hampi: Wildlife Tour to Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Rock Climbing, Visit Hampi Waterfall, Photo Exhibition at Hampi Heritage Gallery

Also Read: Complete Information About Karnataka Tourism

Munnar, Kerala

Munnar Kerala

We all know how beautiful Munnar is, so it makes perfect sense to visit this place with kids. Steeped in beauty, Munnar is also one of the world’s highest tea-growing centers. It seems a good idea to visit Munnar with kids as the place allows one to step-aside from the maddening rush of city life and spend time in the lap of nature. One might like to take their kids for short as well as long treks as you can find plenty of them here. The tour of the tea-estates can also be the part of the itinerary as it will help children learn more about Munnar.

Places of Interest: Tea Museum, Punarjani Traditional Village, St. Anthony’s Statue

Things to Do with Kids in Munnar: Tea Valley Tour, Village Sightseeing Tour, Sandal Valley Tour, Bicycling in Munnar

Also Read: Kerala Travel & Tourism Information

Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameswaram is the holy Hindu site but what attracts the travellers to this place is its location. Situated off the coast, Rameswaram is connected with a help Pamban Bridge with mainland India. Beautiful and pious, this small island is a wonderful place to visit with kids in India. Each place in Rameswaram has a story related to Ramayana and this is what makes this place even more interesting. You can visit the temples, out of which Ramanathaswamy Temple is the most important one and you might also like to take your kids to the beach, which by the way is very clean. Guide your children to other temples present here and make them realize the worth of this surreal place.

Places of Interest: Ramanathaswamy Temple, Temple Tanks, Gandhamathana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi, Kothandaramaswamy Temple

Things to Do with Kids in Rameswaram: Jeep Safari to Dhanushkodi, Visit Fishermen Village, Stop by Pamban Bridge to Enjoy the View, Climb up to Gandhamandana Parvatham, Visit Beaches Ariaman and Vallinokkam

Also Read: Tamil Nadu Travel & Tourism Information

Majuli Islands, Assam

Majuli Island Assam

This is guaranteed to be the best trip for your kids. Majuli in Assam is altogether a new experience; I mean being on India’s largest river island cannot get any better than this! This is one of its kind of place in India, therefore it truly deserves to be included in this list. Your kids will be excited to see a whole new culture and a place that doesn’t bear resemblance with any other place. Remote yet full of colours and soaked in rich traditions, Majuli will inspire your kids to travel more and have better understanding of cultures.

Places of Interest: Kamalabari, Museum at Auni Ati Satra, Garamur

Things to Do with Kids in Majuli: Birdwatching, Bicycle Tour

Also Read: Complete Assam Tourism Information

Andaman

Cellular Jail Andaman

Andaman is a place for all! So, without a doubt it should be mentioned in this blog as well. Situated off the coast on a beautiful island, Andaman is probably one of the best places to visit with kids. The surreal landscape, decent watersports facilities and rich flora and fauna are the highlights of this place. Also, the fact that it is a less frequented tourist destination adds delight to your holiday plan to Andaman. The kids will love you to bring them to destination with so many adventure activities as well as you get an opportunity to teach them about different kind of flora and fauna. So, it becomes a win win situation!

Places of Interest: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Ross Island, Radhanagar Beach, Little Andaman Lighthouse, Chatham Saw Mill, Lalaji Bay, Anthropoligical Museum, Corbyn’s Cove, Beach 5, Kalapathar, Samudrika Marine Museum, Viper Island, Netaji Nagar, Limestone Caves, Chiriya Tapu Biological Park, Gandhi Statue, WWII Bunker, Clock Tower, Butler Bay

Things to Do with Kids in Andaman: Visit Museums, Cellular Jail Tour, Watersports

Also Read: Popular Island in Andaman

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho Temple

Am I getting a few raised eyebrows look from you right now? Well, I would like to justify my choice. The temples at Khajuraho date back to 9th century AD, so they are indeed very old, apart from this they are amongst the well-maintained temples in India. Yes, we might have a couple of other heritage building that are equally well-maintained and date back to the same century but at Khajuraho, you have the opportunity to offer your kids a broader horizon when it comes to India. I am guessing that you indeed have an interest for seeing a world in a different way altogether, so it is your duty to encourage your younger ones to do the same. Don’t hold experience from them, let them explore and find out for themselves how historically rich India is.

Places of Interest: Khajurajo Temples (Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Group of Temples), Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Raneh Falls, Panna National Park, Khajuraho Museum

Things to Do with Kids in Khajuraho: Witness the massive Raneh Falls, Visit Western Group of Temples, Light and Sound Show (held daily in evening), Wildlife Tour to Panna National Park, Visit Ken Gharial Sanctuary

Also Check Out: Madhya Pradesh Tourism Guide

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Manali

Manali is quite an obvious pick for this list as the place is beautiful and has many attractions that might interest kids. A drive to Rohtang Pass, which connects Manali to Lahaul and Spiti Valley and further to Leh is a thrilling experience. If the weather permits, you can enjoy snow scooter, skiing and mountain biking with your kids here. Also, in summer, paragliding can be enjoyed at Solang Valley (16kms from Manali), short trek from Manali to Vashisht can be done with kids too.

Places of Interest: Hidimba Temple, Vashisht Temple and Hot Springs, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Rahala Waterfalls.

Things to Do with Kids in Manali: Paragliding, Trek to Vashisht Temple, Skiing (winter)

Also Check Out: Kullu Manali Travel Guide

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar Golden Temple

Amritsar can be a good experience for your kids who are learning to travel like a pro. Apart from famed Golden Temple, your kids will have the opportunity to see the India-Pakistan border along with the wonderful beating retreat held in the evening and Jallianwala Bagh, where the heinous massacre took place. Besides Amritsar can be a great destination for a food tour with its scrumptious and mouth-watering cuisine.

Places of Interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Mata Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Panorama Museum, Baba Atal Tower, Amrit Sarovar, Summer Palace (Ram Bagh)

Things to Do with Kids in Amritsar: Visit Golden Temple, Visit Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Food Tour, Witness Beating Retreat

Also Check Out: Complete Punjab Tourism Information

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve Tiger

Bandhavgarh National Park without a doubt is one of the best places to go with kids in India. The national park situated in Madhya Pradesh is blessed with a good count of tigers in India and this makes an important reason as in why one should visit here. There is fairly a good chance to spot this big cat and, I am sure; you kids are going to be very excited when they hear about it. Apart from tigers, Bandhavgarh is a home to many species of flora and fauna. The park also has a fort inside it, which is quite likely be able to thrill your children. By visiting Bandhavgarh, you can make your kids understand the value of wildlife conservation.

Places of Interest: Bandhavgarh Fort, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Things to Do with Kids in Bandhavgarh National Park: Jeep Safari

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Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling Hill Station West Bengal

Mountains, animals living in the mountains, momos, forests, tea gardens and monasteries – there is no better place than Darjeeling, where your kids will get glimpses of all these. A toy train ride through this little hill town in West Bengal will surely offer much-needed happiness for your kids. Apart from it, there is so much to explore for your kids in Darjeeling like spotting a red panda in the Darjeeling Zoo, learning a little bit about trekking in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, exploring Tibetan cuisine, learning about tea-processing in a factory and many more.

Places of interest: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Peace Pagoda, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling Railway Station, Tiger Hill

Things to do with kids in Darjeeling: Toy Train Ride, Food Tours, Monastery Tours, Tea Factory Visits, Wildlife Spotting

Also Check Out: Complete West Bengal Tourism Guide

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Visakhapatnam - Submarine Museum

Visakhapatnam or Vizag can be a great beach holiday destination for your kids. Playing with the sand and shores and swimming with parents can help the children to stay stress-free after their hectic life schedule. More than that, visiting the Submarine Museum and learning the importance of the mechanism can bring a lot of inspiration to them. Moreover, a visit to the zoo and the most thrilling part of the trip – visiting Borra Caves will undoubtedly make them full of joy and teach them a great lesson about travelling.

Places of interest: Submarine Museum, Borra Caves, Ramakrishna Beach, Dolphin’s Nose, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Vuda Park

Things to do with kids in Visakhapatnam: Museum Tour, Zoo Visit, Caves Visit, Hiking, Swimming, Playing on the beaches.

Also Read: Andhra Pradesh Travel & Tourism Guide

Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok Ropeway

Introduce your kids to the Sikkimese people and their hospitality in Gangtok while having fun doing numerous activities. Let your children be greeted by the colourful garden of the MG Road and have a sumptuous dish. The adventurous ropeway ride through the snow-capped mountains and watching Mt. Kanchenjunga for the first time will surely make them come here again and again. Hiking to the temples and monasteries and inciting curiosity about Buddhism will also be a great initiative for their travelling life.

Places of interest: MG Road or Mall Road, Tashi View Point, Hanuman Temple, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Himalayan Zoological Park

Things to do with kids in Gangtok: Ropeway Ride, Food Tour, Monastery Visits

Also Read: Complete Sikkim Travel & Tourism Information

It is such an important task to teach the young ones about our environment. There are so many endangered even threatened species that might extinct in next few decades and there are number of historically significant monuments that are facing bad days because of the human race thought these issues to be of no importance. Thus, as responsible travellers and citizens, it is our duty to impart our future generation knowledge about the importance of our ecosystem and culture and it can best be done by taking our kids out on a trip to such places.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which hill stations are the best for the kids?

There are several hill stations in India where you can travel with your kids. Some of them are Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kashmir, Manali and Munnar.

Which are the best places for spending a beach holiday with kids?

Some of the best beaches in India for kids are Vizag, Andaman, Puri etc.

Which are the best places for spending the summer holiday with kids?

Some of the best places to spend the summer holiday with kids are Manali, Mussoorie, Darjeeling, Ooty, Gangtok etc.

Which are the places with historical influences to visit with kids?

Some of the places in India with historical influences to visit with kids are Khajuraho, Amritsar, Andaman, Visakhapatnam, Hampi, Puri, Gaya etc.

Published: 06 Sep, 2022

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.