Summer Destinations to Visit with Young Kids in India
As an aunt to several little ones in the family, I understand how difficult it gets for the one who is taking care of the infant. It is indeed a challenge to be a parent and make a balance with your old life and the new one. Parents have to give up way too much and that of course includes staying away from travelling to raise their little ones right. But I am glad to have encountered many parents who fancy the idea of travelling with young kids. I have been getting a lot queries about places where parents can visit with their kids that are a few months old. Well, let me tell first tell you that I am so proud of you because I understand how dealing with all the cranky behavior and health issues of kids can get on the nerves especially when one is travelling AND considering all that fact if you are still ready to travel with babies then you certainly deserve a standing ovation. Since, I am getting at least 4-5 queries related to summer destinations to visit in India with young kids, I thought I would come up with a blog, you know, for the convenience of all. I am dividing this blog state-wise so that it is easy for you to pick the closest summer destination. So here we go!
Srinagar, Photo: http://goo.gl/Fts0G5
The best part about this beautiful Himalayan destination is its easy access. You can simply take a flight to Srinagar if you are seeking convenience (Psst… flight fare of Srinagar is quite low when you book in advance). Now, your tiny toddler might not understand why it is important to stay in a boathouse or see the flowers in Mughal Gardens but the fact that everything in Srinagar comes handy will at least help the weight off your shoulder. For kids between 6 -12, Srinagar can be a nice experience, witnessing the lofty mountains and everything scenic around can give your kids ample to boast to their friends when they get back home.
Kids’ Attraction: Sangam (Cricket Bat Factories) and Apple Orchards
How to Reach Srinagar
Srinagar by Air: Named Sheikh ul Alam Airport, is an international airport in Srinagar. This airport offer regular flights from Srinagar to Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh. The airport is placed just 15kms away from the center of the city.
Srinagar by Train: To reach Srinagar by train, one has to reach either Jammu Tawi or Udhampur Railway Station. These stations offer a number of trains to different parts of India. From both the stations, you can hire taxis, private as well as the state government buses to reach Srinagar.
Gulmarg, Photo: https://goo.gl/H30UUl
If Gulmarg was a person, it would have been one of those smooth talkers, good looking guy/girl who is liked by everyone in the college (Did I get too carried away. Eh?). All right coming back to the point, Gulmarg is one good looking place that is truly a delight for nature lovers. If you are travelling here with kids in summer, you might not find many options for activities and might have to stick with sightseeing. But if spreading a sheet under the warm sun over the lush green meadow surrounded by snow-capped mountains is your idea of enjoyment, then Gulmarg is a perfect picnic destination for you and your kids. Your tiny ones can enjoy the fresh and clean air and the warmth of sun, while slightly older kids can enjoy running around or playing ball.
Kids’ Attraction: Kongdori, Ningle Nallah and Ferozpore Nallah are ideal for picnics.
How to Reach Gulmarg
Gulmarg by Air: The nearest airport to Gulmarg is at Srinagar, some 56kms away. Tourists can take local taxis or cabs from outside of the airport to reach Gulmarg.
Gulmarg by Railways: The railhead is well connected from Jammu. There are a number of trains that are available from different parts of India. You can get down at the railway station and catch a bus or taxi to reach Gulmarg.
Sonmarg, Photo: http://goo.gl/tW1jRp
Have you dreamt about the feeling of clouds under the feet? Well, this is the place where you might want to realize this dream of yours. Amidst pristine nature and with people who matter to you the most, a holiday is more than a success in Sonmarg. Although sightseeing and nature walks are the only things that can be enjoyed when you have young kids with you, however doing it here in Sonmarg has its own charm. In case you have kids between 6-10years of age you can surely take them for trout fishing in Sonmarg. Not only the kids will enjoy this newly introduced activity but it can keep them engaged for long hours. Other options would be to go on short treks (may be to Thajiwas Glacier) or camping by the riverside. And for parents of infants I would say, you can enjoy the incredible views that Sonmarg has to offer.
Kids’ Attraction: Trout Fishing (River Indus), Camping riverside and Trekking to Thajiwas Glacier
How to Reach Sonmarg
Sonmarg by Air: The nearest airport is Srinagar at a distance of 70 kilometres, which is connected to all major airports and flights. Taxis are available from Sonmarg to Srinagar airport.
Sonmarg by Road: State-run buses from Jammu and Srinagar are available daily. You can also take the special deluxe buses available from Jammu and Srinagar to Sonmarg.
Sonmarg by Train: The nearest train station is Jammu, which is about 132kms from Sonmarg and is well connected by all the major train routes in the country.
Pahalgam, Photo: http://goo.gl/GuBisl
Situated on the confluence of River Lidder and Lake Sheshnag, Pahalgam is a pretty little destination that is ideal for family vacation in India. Pahalgam unlike Sonmarg is commercialized, thus you get more facilities right at your doorstep or hotel’s doorstep, if I may say. There are number of places for sightseeing. Stop by the saffron fields to teach your kids how saffron is grown or go slow on the roads to show them where do walnuts come from. Let them enjoy a run in the pine tree valleys collecting as many acorns as their little hands can pick. Pahalgam is dotted with multiple picnic spots by the stream, which means you can pack yourself some food and enjoy a picnic at some of the most scenic sites. At Baisaran, your kids will enjoy rolling down the hills and over the open meadows. You can also introduce the kids to little rabbits, sheeps and the rare Pashmina goats.
Kids’ Attraction: Baisaran, Picnic near River Lidder, Photo with Rabbits
How to Reach Pahalgam
Pahalgam by Air: Srinagar airport is the nearest airport to Pahalgam which is approximately 95kms away. The Srinagar airport is well-connected to other major cities like New Delhi, Jammu, Leh, Mumbai and Chandigarh. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a taxi or a cab which will take you to Pahalgam.
Pahalgam by Road: Pahalgam is well-connected with Srinagar and Jammu. Regular bus services are available from Srinagar and Anantnag. You can choose from state-run buses or a special luxurious coach by any private tour agency.
Pahalgam by Train: The nearest railhead is Jammu Tawi, which is at a distance of 157kms. Jammu is well-linked with most of the Indian cities. From here, you would need a vehicle which can drive you to Pahalgam via Srinagar.
In Himachal Pradesh…
Shimla is like one tried, tested and approved destination in Himachal Pradesh to visit with kids. Average elevation, beautiful landscape and salubrious climate make this touristy place ideal for your kids. Shimla has good connectivity and apparently this is the reason why parents choose it. Yes, there are few places where the vehicles are not allowed, but then, a bit of walking is compulsory as far as hill station is concerned. The Kalka-Shimla Toy Train ride is what your young kids can look forward to enjoy, you can help them understand the difference between other trains and this special one. Also, Kufri, near Shimla is a big YES for the kids, the Yak rides available here are enjoyed quite a lot by children as well as adults. Also, the amusement park, Hip Hip Hurray is an attraction for kids. There is a plethora of fun activities for children, from boating to bumper cars and kiddies’ helicopters, endless fun and excitement options are at the avail of the little ones here.
Kids’ Attraction: Kufri (Yak Ride and Amusement Park) and Mall Road
How to Reach Shimla
Shimla by Air: Chandigarh is the nearest operational airport near Shimla and is 114kms away. You can easily get a taxi from the airport to get to Shimla or you can ask your hotel to arrange for an airport transfer.
Shimla by Bus: There are several bus services including Himachal Road Transport Corporation buses as well as private operators connecting Shimla to the major cities in North India. Buses go in the morning or later at night – timings can vary from season to season. You can check them online before making a reservation.
Shimla by Train: There is a small railway station in Shimla that connects it to Kalka by a narrow gauge rail track. The famous toy train of Shimla goes between Kalka and Shimla, covering a distance of 96 kilometres in about 7 hours. Kalka on the other hand is the nearest rail head, which connects it to Chandigarh and Delhi by regular trains.
Manali, Photo: https://goo.gl/1Sqs5c
Manali is one of the most sought after destinations in Himachal Pradesh. Blessed with beautiful landscape and pleasant weather, Manali makes an ideal place to visit with family and young kids. Yes, it may get a bit hectic to reach Manali, when travelling from Delhi or other destinations with a distance of 500kms or more but a visit here is truly worth it. Besides, the roads leading to Manali are well-paved, so it turns out be a happy journey all through (Psst… Don’t forget to pack Avomine or any other effective medicine that helps stop the giddy feeling, you can also ask the pediatrician to refer the safe medicine for the kids as well).
Your children can enjoy a visit to Rohtang Pass, apart from it the Solang Valley is quite a place for an outing with kids in Manali. In summer, paragliding, zorbing and a couple of other activities are available for the kids. For parents of infants, it is easier to travel from one place to another by car. Also, make sure you book a hotel closer to the Mall Road.
Kids’ Attraction: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Mall Road
How to Reach Manali
Manali by Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is located about 50kms away from Manali. Domestic flights connect Bhuntar with Delhi and Chandigarh. Once at the airport, you can take a pre-paid taxi to Manali.
Manali by Bus: Manali is connected to important tourist destinations like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala and New Delhi by means of a network of state-run as well as private buses.
Kasauli, Photo: https://goo.gl/rttqi0
A hill station with a colonial set-up, Kasauli is a sleepy town that is adorned with green rolling Himalayan hills, mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut. The town is ideal for spending a holiday in peace and enjoying the sweetness of doing nothing at all (except sightseeing). Like other destinations in this blog, Kasauli is also easily accessible, so if you have kids that cannot still walk or may be learning to walk, it is an ideal place to bring them. Yes, you might have to skip an attraction or two (depending upon your strength to carry your kids on a carrier) but then you wouldn’t feel that you have missed much because Kasauli’s natural beauty will make up for everything.
Kids’ Attraction: There are a few hotels in Kasauli that are suitable for kids. They have in-house play grounds for kids as well.
How to Reach Kasauli
Kasauli is 305kms from Delhi and the best way to visit is hire cab or one can also take a bus till Chandigarh from Delhi and then take a cab to Kasauli. Chandigarh is at a short distance of 58kms from Kasauli.
Dalhousie is a pretty hill station in Himachal Pradesh that is situated at the altitude ranging between 6000 and 9000 feet. Surrounded by scenic snow-capped peaks, the hill station makes for an ideal summer holiday destination in India. Since nature’s beauty is the catch of the place, Dalhousie is a destination for both young and old. You can expect a pleasant holiday here amidst serene nature. Kids will enjoy walks to scenic places like Diankund and Ganji Pahari and visiting places like Chamera Lake and Jandri Ghat. Picnicking at Panchpula is also a good plan to enjoy the slow paced life in Dalhousie. Apart from it, Khajjiar, also known as the Mini Switzerland is a lovely place to visit. Amidst the meadow is a small pond and a colonel era building that give this place a look of a European countryside. Horse Riding and getting the picture done with fluffy rabbits are the attractions here.
Kids’ Attraction: Diankund, Panchpula, Khajjiar
How to Reach Dalhousie
There are no direct means of public transport between Dalhousie and Delhi, therefore one has to first reach Dharamshala or Pathankot and then take a cab to reach Dalhousie. However, direct cabs can be booked from Delhi.
Dharamshala, Photo: https://goo.gl/lb9mgZ
In the lap of nature, Dharamshala is a perfect haunt to get some break from both the sweltering heat and the hectic city life. Divided in to two parts, the Upper Dharamshala (McLeodganj) and Lower Dharamshala, the hilly town is ideal to visit with kids of all ages. At Dharamshala a good blend of Buddhist and Colonial influence can be seen and this make the place all the more interesting. While the parents of infants can enjoy sightseeing of easily accessible attractions like Bhagsunag, Kangra Fort and Dal Lake; parents with kids of 6 years and onwards can take them to the Thangkas Painting School in Mcleodganj. Here the kids can learn the art of making Thangaka Paintings.
Kids’ Attraction: Thangka Painting School
How to Reach Dharamshala
Dharamshala is easily accessible from Delhi, Chandigarh and many other important cities in North India. There are direct buses to Dharamshala from Delhi and the distance between the two is 520kms. One can also hire taxis to Dharamshala.
Mussoorie, Photo: https://goo.gl/eGMOiJ
Being one of the most popular hill stations in North India, Mussoorie is a decent place to take yours young kids in summers. Yes, it might get quite crowded in the peak season here but the ease of access and good accommodation facilities make it an ideal summer destination in India. Mussoorie has beautiful places to see, the pleasant weather also makes it a destination to give a thumbs up in summer.
Kids’ Attraction: Van Chetan Kendra (Wild Deer can be sighted here)
How to Reach Mussoorie
Dehradun is the nearest railway station near Mussoorie. One can either take a bus from Dehradun to Mussoorie or can hire a cab.
Nainital, Photo: https://goo.gl/XoA4r7
All-time favourite summer destination for many, Nainital is a great place to take your kids to. Infants can easily be carried from one place to another by cabs that can be hired round the clock and the kids that are older can enjoy walking to places of interest in the city. Boating is the first choice that you can enjoy with kids. Apart from it sightseeing can be done with the help of cable car (to snow view), hired cab and walking.
Kids’ Attraction: Snow View Point, Eco Cave Garden, Zoo, ARIES
How to Reach Nainital
Nainital is easily accessible from Delhi; there are direct state-run as well as private buses available between the two destinations. Nainital is at a distance of 300kms from Delhi. Cabs can also be booked to reach Nainital.
Dhanaulti, Photo: https://goo.gl/rBWW7G
Situated on Mussoorie-Chamba road, Dhanaulti is a slightly better version of Mussoorie as far as tourist population is considered. As most people like to visit Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is more of secret escape for those who want to avoid crowd and enjoy peace in the lap of nature. Yes, in past few years tourism has boomed here as well but the hilly town has managed to keep itself uneffected. Relax in the peaceful environ and enjoy some quality time with your kids here.
Kids’ Attraction: Eco Parks
How to Reach Dhanaulti
Dehradun is the nearest railway station near Dhanaulti. One can either take a bus from Dehradun to Dhanaulti or can hire a cab.
Chakrata, Photo: https://goo.gl/CSpJNS
Chakrata is a cantonment area which is situated at a distance of 100kms from Dehradun. Far from the crowd of popular tourist places in Uttarakhand, Chakrata enjoys its lone location and its surreal vistas of nature. It is well-connected to commercial city of Dehradun therefore reaching here is easy. You can take go on nature walks, visit temples and the meadows of Mundali. Since the place is mostly unpolluted and unexploited, it makes a great place to young kids on a summer holiday.
Kids’ Attraction: Adventure Camping
How to Reach Chakrata
The nearest airport and railhead is Dehradun, which is 92kms away. One can hire a cab from Dehradun to reach Chakrata.
Mukteshwar, Photo: https://goo.gl/tbRwte
A calm and secluded town, Mukteshwar is like another pretty sister of Nainital. The place is famous for Mukteshwar temple with main deity as Lord Shiva . This enchanting city has many tourist attractions apart from Mukteshwar temple, and Chauli ka Jali is one of the popular ones. This town is adorned with cute homes with red roofs, ancient style window frames made with wood and picket barriers. One may find many fruit orchards on terraces cut into the hillsides here. The scenic splendor commands a spectacular view of the Himalayan mountains like Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest peak. There is also a Renewable Park developed by The Energy and Resources Institute, which use solar electricity for most of its electricity needs. Quiet and relaxing is the ambience of Mukteshwar and that is why you can consider it a decent summer holiday destinations in India with kids.
Kids’ Attraction: Kids’ Camp
How to Reach Mukteshwar
Train is available till Kathgodam from Delhi and many other major cities in India. Kathgodam is 62kms from Mukteshwar, one can hire a cab from here for the destination.
Binsar, Photo: http://goo.gl/RA7TLi
The summer capital of the erstwhile Chand kings (7th – 18th century) of Kumaon, Binsar is a sleepy hamlet that boasts being one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. Pitched at the impressive altitude of 2,420 m, it offers a lovely vista of the snowy Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli. There is a vast wildlife sanctuary that encircles the town and it can be the attractions for your little ones as they can spot several animals, birds and wild flowers here. Little far from Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar (34 km from Almora), which is nestled in a beautiful valley adorned with majestic deodars. Jageshwar is an important pilgrimage centre and is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Everything in Binsar runs on its pace and all one can do is to surrender to the nature and teach the same to their kids as well.
Kids’ Attraction: Binsar Wildife Sanctuary
How to Reach Binsar
Kathgodam is the nearest railhead for Binsar, which is 109kms away. One can get taxi from Kathgodam for Binsar.
They say that a queen fell so in love with Ranikhet that a King has to oblige her by building a palace here for her and changed the name of the place to Ranikhet. Although, you can’t find the traces of the palace today, but the place remained the same, captivating and abounding with flowers, trees and green meadows amidst the heavenly Himalayan surroundings. It is a quiet hill station with a healthy climate, perfect peace and warm-hearted people. Ranikhet also boasts of one of the best hill golf courses(9 holes) in India. You can expect to enjoy the beauty of nature, get comfortable and relax while you spend your holiday here. As far as kids are concerned, Ranikhet will woo them in its own way, if you like you can take them to the Golf Course and if your baby is still young to enjoy it then may be you can help him by offering the warm lap to sleep in while he breathes the clean and fresh air.
Kids’ Attraction: Chaubatia Garden, Golf Course
How to Reach Ranikhet
Kathgodam is the nearest rail head to Ranikhet, which is situated 75kms away. One can either get down at Kathgodam or Haldwani and can take the cab to reach Ranikhet.
Kausani, Photo: https://goo.gl/7Atifw
Kausani is actually a window from where the view of Himalayan Mountains are nothing but stunning. One has the opportunity to eye the beautiful and majestic peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchachuli. It wouldn’t be incorrect if I say that there are very few places in the Himalayas whose beauty can be compared to that of Kausani. It is said that in 1929, Mahatma Gandhi stayed here for 14 days at the Anasakti Ashram while writing his book titled ‘Anasakti Yoga’ and was greatly impressed by the beauty of the town. For those who wish to spend a summer holiday with kids, Kausani is an apt choice. Easily accessible and full of nature’s beauty and of course quiet and calm, it is everything that a hill station should be.
How to Reach Kausani
Kausani is situated 142kms from Kathgodam, which is the nearest railhead. From Kathgodam taxis and buses are available for Kausani.
The beautiful town of Lansdowne is in the south of Pauri en route Kotdwar and is surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests. It is quite a charming place for a family holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle. Lansdowne attracts people with its pleasany climate and natural beauty. You can expect this place to be spic and span and organized as it is the home to Garhwal Rifles. Most of the attraction can be reached by walking but if you have kids I suggest you take a car ride to the destinations. There is a small lake called Bhullatal where kids can enjoy boating and looking at the cute rabbits and hamsters.
Kids’ Attraction: Bhullatal
How to Reach Lansdowne
Kotdwar is the nearest railhead for Lansdowne, which is 39kms away. From Kotdwar buses, shared jeeps and taxis are available for Lansdowne.
Mount Abu, Photo: http://goo.gl/h7dSJ9
Reckoned to be the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is a place of interest for archaeologists as it has several ancient sites that attract the history seekers. Mount Abu is situated at the top of a granite peak and is surrounded by Aravallis. Temples and ancient buildings along with the surreal nature’s beauty make Mount Abu a lovely summer destination in India. The hill station is also one of the most important Jain pilgrimages with its Dilwara Jain temple. You can take your kids to the Nakki Lake where they can enjoy boating and may be get a picture done in Rajasthani attire. There is also a zoo that might interest your little ones.
Kids’ Attraction: Nakki Lake, Zoo
How to Reach Mount Abu
The nearest railhead is at Abu Road, which is 29kms away. One can get taxis and jeeps for Mount Abu.
In Madhya Pradesh…
Pachmarhi, Photo: https://goo.gl/fjVKcr
Pachmarhi is a beauty! It is a lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura Ranges. Tucked neatly amidst the wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests, Pachmarhi is the magnificent work of nature. It is also an archaeological treasure- house as it has cave shelters in the Mahadeo Hills that are replete with rock paintings. Most of these have been placed in the period 500-800 AD, but the earliest paintings are estimated to be 10,000 years old. Pachmarhi is for unwinding, effortlessly, the town is quite the place for holidaying as it allows a good opportunity to explore the history as well as find peace in the nature. In pachmarhi easily accessible points are Priyadarshini point, Handi kho, Gupt Mahadeo, Bada Mahadeo, Bee falls, Pachmarhi lake and Jatashankar caves.
Kids’ Attraction: Bee Falls, Pachmarhi Lake
How to Reach Pachmarhi
Pipariya is the nearest railhead from Pachmarhi, which is 47kms away. From Pipariya taxis are available to Pachmarhi.
In West Bengal…
Darjeeling is one of the most visited destinations in India and why shouldn’t it be. This pretty hill station offers multiple hues of the surreal natural ambiance, divine monasteries and exciting mountain activities, add to it the unique toy train experience and Darjeeling becomes an unbeatable summer destination in the country. It is an amazing place to take your kids to, here not only will they enjoy the toy train ride but also the visit to tea gardens that are just huge. If you are in Darjeeling, you can show and tell your kids about the mighty Kanchenjunga which is the third highest mountain peak in the world. Some of the chief attractions are Ghoom Monastery, Senchal Lake, Bengal Natural History Museum, Happy Valley Tea Gardens and the UNESCO world heritage Himalayan Railway.
Kids’ Attraction: Toy Train
How to Reach Darjeeling
New Jalpaiguri, which is 71kms away is the nearest railhead to Darjeeling. Bagdora is the nearest airport and is situated 95kms from Darjeeling. From both the destinations, one can get cab to Darjeeling.
Kalimpong, Photo: http://goo.gl/FjjcDg
Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station that boasts of ancient Buddhist monasteries, quaint old churches and popular temples. The town offers panoramic vistas of the Teesta Rangit Valley in Sikkim and is quite the place to relax and enjoy the nature’s beauty. Since the accessibility to this place is easy so you can conveniently plan your holiday here with tiny ones. Let them get the feel of cool air and whether they remember it or not the mighty view of high Himlayan mountains.
How to Reach Kalimpong
The best way to reach Kalimpong is to first reach at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and then take a cab for onward journey.
In Tamil Nadu…
Ooty, Photo: https://goo.gl/khmGQZ
Ooty is known for numerous tea estates, picturesque picnic spots with lofty mountains, dense forests and scenic grasslands. While the town started to develop a few decades ago, some of the charming British-era bungalows still stand here adding charm to contemporary settings. Ooty is by far the most famous hill station in South India and thus giving you the reason why you should visit it is out of question. There are number of places that you can visit with your kids. The Ooty Lake is a place where the kids can fun-filled options like a toy train, horse riding and boat rides. Whereas in Jolly Children Park, kids can enjoy go-karting. There is a theme park, some 40kms from Ooty called Black Thunder Theme Park. If you wish, you can take your kids to this place as well. Ooty is well-connected and has a good transport system, that is why it is easy for parents of infants to holiday here.
Kids’ Attraction: Ooty Lake, Jolly Children Park, Black Thunder Theme Park
How to Reach Ooty
The nearest railhead is at Mettupalayam, which is 40kms away and the nearest airport is at Coimbatore, which is 88kms away. From both the destinations, cabs are available for Ooty.
Kodaikanal, Photo: https://goo.gl/FAvYOL
Kodaikanal is another popular holiday destination in South India. This hill station is situated in upper Palani Hills of the Western Ghats near Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Kodaikanal remains cool and misty and the scenic beauty of the rolling hills and the wooded forest allure many visitor throughout the year. While there is plenty of nature’s beauty to see, kids might take keen interesting horse riding and boat ride in the town. Like Ooty, Kodaikanal also has a decent transport system, so those with babies can easily hop from one place to another by a booked car.
Kids’ Attraction: Lake, Horse Riding
How to Reach Kodaikanal
The nearest airport is at Madurai, which 120kms away and the nearest railhead is at Koda Road, which is 100kms away. From both places, cabs are available to Kodaikanal.
Coonoor, Photo: http://goo.gl/OEcvCi
Coonor is famous for its tea production and adventure sports. The city although is a great attraction among the trekkers and hikers, it is also the shelter for those seeking some rest from the hustle and bustle of the city. The place has historical backdrop as it had been the sojourn to Toda tribe. Coonoor comprises of many attractions like Catherine falls, Dolphin’s nose, Law’s Falls, Guernsey Tea factory. The ‘Hidden Valley’ is one of the major landmarks of the city which is famous for its natural beauty. I am pretty sure the short train journey between Coonoor and Ooty will be liked by your kids.
Kids’ Attraction: Train Ride (Ooty-Coonoor)
How to Reach Coonoor
Coonoor is the only available rail stop for the Nilgiri Mountain Railway service between Ooty and Mettupalayam. The Nilgiri Mountain Railway has attained the status of classic mountain railways in India. The major broad gauge railway station and domestic airport is at Coimbatore junction (70kms).
Coimbatore, Photo: http://goo.gl/JXcfpR
Coimbatore is a popular tourist attractions and lots of places to visit in and around. The city serves as an entry and exit point to neighbouring state of Kerala and the ever-popular hill station of Ooty. Enveloped in lush greenery, this beautiful place serves as an ideal summer destination for those who do not wish to take kids to an offbeat place but still desire some mental peace. Some of the major attractions of Coimbatore District are Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls, Siruvani Dam, Cholayar Dam, Botanical Garden, Horticulture Farms and Vaitheki Falls. All these places are worth visiting.
Kids’ Attraction: Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls, Vaitheki Falls, Botanical Garden
How to Reach Coimbatore
Commonly known as the Peelamedu Airport, the airport at Coimbatore is situated at a distance of 10 km from the heart of the city. Visitors coming by train can get down at the Coimbatore junction which is a main point of connection between major cities of the country. It connects to all the major rail heads of India.
Courtallam, Photo: https://goo.gl/tnRsOe
Famed for waterfalls and charming climate, Courtallam is another beautiful hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu. There are nine waterfalls around Courtallam, which happens to give the town its name.The major places to see in Courtallam are Courtallam Main Falls, Shenbagadevi Falls, Five Falls, Thirukutralanathar Temple, Shenbaga Devi Temple. Other attraction include Manimuthar Dam, Pabanasam Dam and Falls, Manjolai, Mundanthurai and Kodayar. The kids have ample of opportunities to get drenched and playful at the waterfalls.
Kids’ Attraction: Waterfalls
How to Reach Courtallam
The nearest Airport is Tuticorin Airport, which is 112kms away. Tuticorin Airport is well connected to the cities like Chennai, Madurai, Bangalore and Coimbatore. The nearest railway station is Sengottai Railway Station, located at a distance of 5 Kms from the town.
Wayanad, Photo: https://goo.gl/xzOQ8R
Nestled in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is known for its mist-laden mountains, lush forests and green paddy fields that stretch up to the horizon. The climate of Wayanad is pleasant throughout the year and it is a home to some endangered species of animals. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the second largest in Kerala is the major attraction of the place. Apart from it coffee, tea, cocoa, pepper, plantain and vanilla fields are also some worthy places to see in Wayanad. You can take your kids to the caves at Ampukuthimala point and can teach teach them about the beginning of the civilization. Parents with infants can enjoy nature walks and coffee and tea estates.
Kids’ Attraction: Chembra Peak, Vythiri and Kalpetta
How to Reach Wayanad
The only airport near Wayanad is Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode, which is 100kms away. Along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai this airport links gulf countries like Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi. The nearest rail station of Wayanad is Kozhikode, which is at a distance of 110kms from Wayanad. One can take a taxi to reach the Wayanad from both the destinations.
Munnar, Photo: https://goo.gl/2CrlOU
The most sought after destination in Kerala for a summer holiday is Munnar. Located at the confluence of three rivers, Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, Munnar is known for its pristine beauty and pleasant climate. The major attraction here is the extensive stretches of tea and cardamom plantations. It is also known for the Neelakurinju flowers, which bloom once in 12 years, the town’s beauty is enhances as the hills and valleys get blanketed by the blooms. Munnar is the ideal destination for adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners, wildlife and nature lovers alike.
Kids’ Attraction: Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam and Mattupetty Dam
How to Reach Munnar
Nearest airport from Munnar is Cochin International airport which is just 125 kilometers away. Taxi services are also available from the airport to Munnar. The nearest railway station from Munnar is Kochi, which is 130kms away. It is a major junction in the south from where you can get trains for the major cities of the country including Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Mangalore, Bangalore and many others.
In Andhra Pradesh/Telangana…
Papikondalu, Photo: http://goo.gl/UjJezm
Situated in Telangana, Papikondalu is probably one of the best places for you to escape to when the temperature rises in Andhra and Telangana. This hill range is bounded by River Godavari and form a beautiful gorge on the river spreading across East Godavari and West Godavari districts. The entire region is covered by tropical rain forests, and it was recently declared as a protected area. There are several beautiful sights that fall on the way including Perantallapalli, Gandipochamma Temple, and Pattiseema that you must include in your itinerary. There are a few tribal communities that have made their dwellings on these hills whose primary occupation is agriculture, fishing and making handicrafts, so a small tribal tour is likely to add a star to your summer vacation. There is a waterfall at Munivaatam, which is quite a popular and your young kids will love this place as well . Apart from enjoying the view of the hills, valley, and waterfalls, you can also pick up activities like camping and trekking here. Also boating in the Godavari River has been introduced.
Kids’ Attraction: Boating, Camping and Waterfall
How to Reach Papikondalu
The easiest way to reach Papikondalu is by first reaching Rajahmundry and then from there head out for the destination, which is 100kms away. Rajahmundry is one of the major railway stations and that is whay trains from almost all parts of India are available.
Araku Valley, Photo: https://goo.gl/0uLHxY
Located in the middle of Anantagiri Hills, Araku Valley is a beautiful and enchanting hill station. The salubrious climate, gurgling streams, the frequent rainbows around the waterfalls and lush green landscape can offer an ideal escape from the city life, especially in the summer. The valley is located about 112 kilometres from Visakhapatnam and is home to 19 indigenous tribes. You can get your children here and teach them about tribes and their simple lifestyle and rich culture and traditions. Dhimsa dance, a kind of folk dance, is a major attraction for its rhythmic beats and colourful costumes, if your kids are 6 years and above they will quite enjoy the performance.
Kids’ Attraction: Waterfalls, Dance Performace
Shillong makes a lovely summer destination if you are based in Guwahati or around. Home to the tribal Khasis, Shillong has picturesque landscape and gorgeous series of waterfalls, captivating mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes, large golf courses, historical museums and diverse variety of flora and fauna. The ancient monuments and buildings reflect the influence of Scotland and that is one of the reasons why Shillong is regarded as the “Scotland of the East”. Hand woven shawls, cane works, handicraft materials are some of the things that can be bought from Shillong. Your kids will like the pleasant weather and will enjoy walks to tourist attractions like Umaim Lake here. And yes, do not forget to get them dressed in the traditional attire of Meghalaya for a photograph.
How to Reach Shillong
Shillong is 104kms from Guwahati, which is a major airport and railhead. From Guwahati State Buses as well as cabs are available for Shillong.
We all know that Cherrapunjee is one of the wettest places in India and now it has become a great tourist attraction for people around the world. For your school-going kids visiting this place is like jumping in to their tect books where they must have read Cherrapunjee at least once. Taking your kids would not only help them understand what it means to be the wettest place in India but will also build their interest in so called boring subject of Social Science. The town of Cherrapunjee is nestled in the East Khasi Hills about 50 km southwest of the state’s capital,Shillong. Cherrapunjee, also known as Sohra or Churra, means ‘the land of oranges’ and thus here unveils another surprise for your kids. From the cliffs of Cherrapunjee one can also get the stunning views of the plains of Bangladesh.
Kids’ Attraction: Waterfalls and Flora
How to Reach Cherrapunjee
Cherrapunjee is 181kms from Guwahati, which is the major airport and railhead. One can get buses and cabs from Guwahati for Cherrapunjee easily.
Nongstoin, Photo: http://goo.gl/RjpEDx
Nongstoin holds basketful of attractions for the visitors. There are sparkling waterfalls, picturesque lakes and hilly regions that combine to make Nongstoin a truly worth destination for summer holiday in North East India. Nongstoin is an all year round destination as the city enjoys its natural charm and have the best of touring experience. Weinia Falls is a place that will be like by your kids, Nongkhnum Island, Kyllang rock, Mawthadraishan Peak, langshiang falls, Thum falls are also the places that you can take your children to. For families who’d like to teach their kids skills of angling and fishing, there is an ideal picnicking spot called Ranikor.
Kids’ Attraction: Ranikor, Weini Falls and Angling and Fishing
How to Reach Nongstoin
Guwahati is the major airport and railhead for Nongstoin, which is 148kms away. There are buses and cabs available for Nongstoin from Guwahati regularly.
Amidst the jade hills and deep valleys, Coorg is a popular destination, when it comes to summer vacation in South India. Blessed with scenic charm and picturesque views, Coorg or Kodagu tourism offer best opportunities to enjoy your holidays especially if they are with family. The hill station has a rich cultural and historical backdrop and that actually create a blend that is appreciated by all. This region is well known for its coffee and spice plantations along with forest honey. A great place to take kids if you want them to learn about nature.
Kids’ Attraction: Dubare Elephant Camp
How to Reach Coorg
Coorg’s nearest airport is at Mangalore, which is approximately 135 km away. Mangalore airport has good connectivity with direct flights from different parts of the country. The nearest railway stations are at Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan. There are many trains for these places from different parts of India.
Khandala is one of the beautiful hill stations situated at the edge of the magnificent Sahyadris. The hill station Khandala is mostly preffered by those who enjoy rock climbing. Although with young kids for you the option of rock climbing is clearly useless, but thankfully, Khandala has scenic grassy hills, enchanting valleys and beautiful lakes to make it up for rock climbing. This hill station has seen the rise and the fall of several kingdoms like the Marathas, Peshwas and even the colonial power of European countries. If you seek to enjoy a vacation with your kids without facing any hassles, Khandala is the perfect place for you.
Kids’ Attraction: Kune Falls, Pawna Lake, Rajmachi Park, Della Adventure
How to Reach Khandala
The nearest airport and railhead is at Pune, which is about 66kms away. One can get buses and cabs from Pune to Khandala.
Perched high on the hill ranges, Lonavala has been a favourite haunt for both people from Mumbai as well as Pune. And why shouldn’t it be, Lonavala has salubrious climate and the beautiful green cover that flourish all the more in the monsoon.
Well known for its ‘chikki’ and fudge, Lonavala has some ‘points’ that offer breathtaking sights of the valley and the hills with tiny villages tucked in the folds. You and your kids can enjoy picnics at Ryewood Park, which is an extensive garden. Another hotspot is the Valvan Dam which has a garden at its foot. You can also visit Duke’s Nose which is about 12 kilometers from Lonavla. Tiger’s Leap, also known as Tiger’s Point, is a cliff-top that offers extensive view that might interest your kids that are 6 and above.
Kids’ Attraction: Tiger’s Point, Ryewood Park
How to Reach Lonavala
The nearest airport to Lonavala is in Pune city which is located nearly 62 km from town. One can take taxi or bus to reach Lonavala. The hill station has its own railway station that lies in between Mumbai and Pune railway line and hence you can easily reach this place by train. All major trains which run on Mumbai-Pune line come to this city directly.
Mahabaleshwar can be best described as a place with winding roads, cool breeze at all times, vantage points offering breathtaking views, plenty of strawberries and a main street full of shops offering all kinds of snacks. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and part of a village called Shindola and the hill station is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. If your taking your kids here, you might not want to miss Arthur’s Seat from where you can get a view of Jor Valley. Another locations to see here are Lodwick Point, Kate’s Point, Dhom and Balakwadi dams, Wilson Point, Connaught Peak, Monkey Point, Carnac Point, Falkland Point, Helen’s Point, Elphinstone Point, Mumbai Point, Marjorie Point and Babbington Point. You can choose the ones with minimum elevation so that you don’t have to carry your young ones too far. For boating you must head to the Venna Lake and for sightseeing you can also visit waterfalls such as Lingmala Falls and Dhobi Falls.
Kids’ Attraction: Berries with Cream and Horse Riding
How to Reach Mahabaleshwar
Pune airport located at a distance of 120 km is the nearest airport for Mahabaleshwar. The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is located at Wathar which is at a distance of 60 km. Pune railway station is again a convenient way to travel to Mahabaleshwar. One can easily get cabs from all three mentioned destinations.
Panchgani, Photo: http://goo.gl/mfpaZJ
A beautiful hill station blessed with natural beauty and picturesque locations, Panchgani makes for a spectacular scenic place for summer escape in Maharashtra.
The city is a perfect destination for family holiday as the climate here is soothing, cool and serene and the environment is quite pleasant for kids to play outside and enjoy sightseeing. Mount Malcolm, Panchganga Mandir, Sydney Point, Table Land, Dhom Dam and Bombay Point are other prominent attractions of the city.
Kids’ Attraction: On Wheelz Amusement Park
How to Reach Panchgani
The nearest Domestic Airport is Pune Airport and so is the nearest railhead, roughly two and half hour drive from Panchgani. From Pune, cabs are available for Panchgani on regular basis.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is a place that makes for an ideal holiday destination in north-east India. It is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. The capital city glows with the existence of commercial factor. Good accommodation, all modern amenities, scenic locales, breathtaking views and not to forget scrumptuous delicacies whose aroma fill the air sometimes. Gangtok has handful attractions for visitors and on our tour we will try to cover Tsongmo Lake, Baba Mandir and the Nathu La. The lake Tsongmo is a home to the Brahminy ducks but many migratory birds also make it their temporary settlement. The nearby located temple, Baba Mandir is highly acknowledged for its spiritual worth and the Nathu Pass or Nathu La is the border between India and China and once was the part of the famed Silk Route. Tourism, which peaks in spring and summer, is the main source of income in Gangtok since it serves as a gateway to Sikkim.
Kids’ Attraction: Ropeway
How to Reach Gangtok
The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Benga, which is about 124kms away from Gangtok. The closest railways are located in New Jalpaiguri, which is 117kms far from Gangtok. From both the places taxis can be hired for Gangtok.
Pelling, Photo: https://goo.gl/ZoAN70
Pelling is situated in West Sikkim and can be easily driven from Darjeeling through the valleys, hills, villages and by following the course of Teesta River and then beautiful Rangit River till Legship. Stop on the way to witness the magnificent confluence of Teesta and Rangit River. Enjoy your stay at Pelling and visit the famous Pemayangtse Monastery, which is the seat of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism and was originally a small Lhakhang built in the 17th Century. The monastery contains several antiques and idols, wall paintings and sculptures to keep you busy for hours. Later, you will visit the legendary lake at Khecheopalri (25 km), which is surrounded by dense forests and is believed to have the magical power of fulfilling wishes. You will also pay a visit to the Kunchenjungha Falls and Rimbi Falls, which are perennial waterfalls. The Dentham Valley, which is an hour drive from Pelling, Tsangey Falls and Sinsore Bridge – the highest bridge in Sikkim are also the prime attractions of Pelling.
Kids’ Attraction: Changey Falls
How to Reach Pelling
The nearest Airport from Pelling is Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, roughly four hour drive from Pelling.The nearest Railway Station from Pelling is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, located at a distance of 170 Kms from Pelling. From both the destinations, cabs can be hired to Pelling.
Ravangla, Photo: https://goo.gl/rXvV6C
One of the most popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim is Ravangla. Located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla offers spectacular views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location is such that foreign tourists also like to visit here. The main attraction of Ravangla is Rayong sunrise view point that offers spectacular views of the first rays of the sun falling on snow peaks. One can visit the Ralong monastery as well as the Tibetan Carpet Centre, where he can buy traditionally designed and woven carpets. Ravangla is a quite place that is easily accessible and that is why it makes an ideal destination for families with young kids.
How to Reach Ravangla
Ravangla is accessible from all prime spots of Sikkim, which include Gangtok, Pelling and Namchi. It can also be reached from Darjeling. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. One can get rented cars from the New Jalpaiguri Station to Ravangla. One can also get rented cars from Siliguri and Bagdogra.
Namchi, Photo: http://goo.gl/Hn8va5
Namchi is the South district headquarters and a fast emerging destination in Sikkim. Set in a picturesque location, Namchi offers impeccable view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley. There are handful of attractions that are ideal for people of all ages. One can visit the Sherdup Choeling, old Ngadak monastery, Rock Garden, which by the way is ideal for kids as it is full of rare flowers and plants and also offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. A unique, and gigangtic 135 feet high statue of Guru Padamasambhava installed atop Sampruptse is also amongst the main attraction of Namchi.
Kids’ Attraction: Rock Garden
How to Reach Namchi
The nearest airport of Namchi is Bagdogra airport which is 124 km from Gangtok and 190 km from Mangan. From Gangtok to Namchi jeep and buses services are available. The nearest rail is New Jalpaiguri, from here cabs can be hired to Namchi.
Saputara is a famous hill station in the Sahyadris or Western Ghats. It is a small yet special destination in Gujarat that is blessed with lush green forests and enchanting waterfalls. The place is ideal to witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets and to enjoy the salubrious climate after escaping the summer heat. It is an excellent place for those who wish to contemplate nature’s beauty; spend quality time with loved ones or simply like to be all by themselves.
Kids’ Attraction: Saputara Lake, Boating
How to Reach Saputara
Waghai railway station is the nearest railway station, which is situated at a distance of about 50kms from Saputara. Mumbai has direct trains connecting to Saputara and the other major cities People can also hire private taxis from there to visit other major spots.
Kohima, Photo: https://goo.gl/LyRyJg
Kohima is a scenic town that is blessed with natural beauty and several state-of-the-art facilities. Kohima lies complacently shrouded at the eastern frontiers of the mighty Himalayas and is a great place to teach about the rich heritage of North East India. The majority of Nagas and Kukis tribes reside in the region and protect their unique culture and identity. The kids will be fascinated by the colourful costumes of the local people. Most of the locals are warm-hearted, therefore you can expect a pleasant trip here. The places of Kohima that attract tourists are the Dzukou valley, Bara Basti and Cathedral of Reconciliation.
Kids’ Attraction: Kisama Heritage Village
How to Reach Kohima
The nearest aiport and railhead is at Dimapur, which is roughly 74 Kms from Kohima. One can easily get cabs to Kohima from Dimapur.
A scenic town, Mokokchung is the home to Ao tribe. Mokokchung is considered to be the cultural and intellectual capital of the state and is immensly gifted by nature with gurgling streams and picturesque hills. One can expect a pleasant summer vacation here as the place gives ample of options of relaxing and enjoying the feel of doing nothing at all.
How to Reach Mokokchung
The nearest airport and railhead to Mokochung is at Dimapur, which is about 225kms from Mokochung.
Daringbadi, Photo: https://goo.gl/6D2fSD
Daring Badi is a famous hill station of Odisha and is located 251 kms from the capital Bhubaneswar. This place is situated at a height of 915 m in Kandhmal district and is blessed with natural bounties including pine jungles, coffee gardens and beautiful valleys. Daringbadi is set in a beautiful spot surrounded by thick rain forests with wild animals, and is an ideal summer resort if you are seeking a holiday with kids. Places nearby Daring Badi that your young ones might like are Pakadadarah, Putudi Water Fall and Katramala.
How to Reach Daringbadi
Daringbadi can be reached from Bhubaneswar (251 km) and other important places of the state by regular bus services. The nearest railway station is at Berhampur (120 km).
In Arunachal Pradesh…
Bomdila is a beautiful town in Arunachal Pradesh. It boasts about its brilliant landscape and snow-clad mountains of the Himalayan Range. The main attraction of Bomdila is its Buddhist monastery, which is also called the repository of culture. It is a lovely place to spend your summer vacation with kids; there are apple orchards that can fascinate your young kids. Apart from it, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Buddhist Gompas make Bomdila quite a place for you to relax and gets first feel of the local version of Himalayan Buddhist life.
Kids’ Attraction: Apple Orchards
How to Reach Bomdila
Bomdila is closely linked to the airport which is located in Tezpur (160 km). You can board a bus or taxi to reach the airport. The nearest railhead is
Rangapara railway station from where you can get frequent trains to different locations. You can take bus, taxi or other public transport to reach the railway station.
Itanagar, Photo: https://goo.gl/WX138Q
Itanagar is another lovely place for a summer vacation in India. Although the place can be visited all year round, summer would be a good time to be here and enjoy the beauty of this place. Here one can find historical fort called Ita fort that dates back to the 14-15 centuries, after which it is named. There are other worth visiting places in and around Itanagar including legendary Ganga Lake (Gyakar Sinyi), which is a beautiful picnic spot; a green forest lake surrounded by primeval vegetation and Buddhist Temple. You can take your kids to Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, which provides a kaleidoscope of Arunachal Pradesh and one can see wood carvings, musical instruments, textiles, handicrafts and archeological finds.
Kids’ Attraction: Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum
How to Reach Itanagar
Lilabari airport is the nearest airport to the city. You can take car, taxi or bus to reach the airport conveniently. This airport is about 57 km far from the city and has regular flights to different destinations. Nahariagun airport is another nearby airport which is situated 67 km far from the city. Harrmoty railway station is situated 23 km away from the city. With the presence of various transport facilities, you can easily reach the station and get your train.
Haflong in Assam is situated 310kms from Guwahati and is known for its beautiful, landscape. It is mostly famous amongst campers and nature enthusiasts and is ideal for a peaceful holiday. Haflong is also popular for its lakeside resorts, where one can either indulge in adventure activities or simply enjoy relaxing amidst the serene nature with your young ones. Like other hill stations in the country, Haflong’s architecture reflects the British colonial past. Some of the places to visit in Haflong are the Orchid Garden, Borail Range, Haflong Lake Maibong and Jatinga.
Kids’ Attraction: Adventure Camps
How to Reach Haflong
Haflong has its own railway station named as Haflong Hill Railway Station which is located in northeast of the town. It connects Silchar, Lumding, Maibong and Jatinga to Haflong.
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