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7 Best holiday destinations to visit with your kids

Travelling with kids is not a casual decision. You have to take care of a lot of things, be it their food, clothes, books, toys etc., just to make their trip comfortable and enjoyable. It is, however, also important to pick a destination that itself is friendly for children. A jungle expedition or a trip to a remote desert town can be a harsh experience for them and similarly, a place lacking variety or intrigue can leave them fed up too early on the trip. Let’s look at some of the places that your child is likely to enjoy as a holiday destination.

1. Kochi & Alleppey, Kerala

While in Kochi your children will love the trip to Wonderla, the amusement park located 15 km from the city. With 30 acres of unlimited fun, it has more than 50 amusement rides. Almost all major cities in Kerala boasts of amusement parks, but with Flying Ammu, Moonwalker, Pirate Ship and other interesting rides, Kochi’s Wonderla can be a popular choice among children. 53 km south of Kochi is the start of the Kerala backwaters, Alleppey. Children would love the day spent amidst water in one of the famous backwater houseboats. Being situated right by the banks of the Arabian Sea, you will also get to spend time on the beaches.

2. Kaziranga National Park, Assam

With a wide array of wildlife in abundance, Kaziranga is the closest you can get to an African safari within India. Tigers, leopards, elephants, bears, water buffaloes, gibbons, swamp deer and the world famous one-horned rhino are only some of the land animals that prowl this majestic 430 square km park. With the mighty Brahmaputra sweeping its north banks, sights of Gangetic river dolphins and hundreds of different varieties of birds is quite common. The young and inquisitive mind of a child will lap up all these sightings and the early morning elephant safaris across the park.

3. Havelock Island, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Havelock Island has some of the best beaches in India and can be a bundle of great memories of your children. While the stunningly beautiful Radhanagar beach is popular as a relaxing spot and for activities like snorkelling, Kalapathar beach is a great place for a family picnic. Children who are into swimming will love the gentler portions of the beaches although adult supervision is required.

4. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital has several attractions that are sure to keep children busy and happy. The Eco Cave Garden has six caves and a musical fountain and is a great place for your children to learn about ecology. The High Altitude Zoo is home to a variety of rare birds and animals, including high altitude animals like snow leopard and Siberian tiger. Your child can also enjoy the ride on the Nainital ropeway from Mallital to Snow View.

5. Coorg, Karnataka

While in Coorg, your children can enjoy the kilometre long trek to Iruppu falls and enjoy the view of the lovely waterfall. They can get up close and personal with elephants in the Dubare Elephant Camp, watching them play in the water and even get to pat them. While in Coorg, the view from Raja’s seat is worth trying. Situated close to the city centre, it has a vantage point with a great view and a park as well.

6. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

We cannot miss out one of the wonders of the world while planning trips with our children. So pick favourable weather and plan that trip to Agra. Apart from the Taj Mahal, there is the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and the popular market places to explore. Just to make sure that your child isn’t bored with too much sightseeing, you can drop by at Dolphin Water Park where your child can enjoy the amusement park and the play area.

7. Darjeeling, West Bengal

The mention of Darjeeling brings the famous toy train to one’s mind. The narrow gauge, steam engine powered two-hour ride is a mesmerising experience, particularly for kids. There is a ropeway in Darjeeling as well that runs between Singamari and Tukvar. You can also enjoy horse riding and boat riding in Mirik, situated 50km away from Darjeeling. 

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