10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Summer break is here and it’s time for that much needed vacation. Plan a holiday to enjoy, relax and bond with loved ones. Here is a list of 10 best family holiday destinations you can explore

By Poongkodi Jose

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

We travel not to escape life, but life not to escape us.” 

Discovering new places with the people closest to us opens our minds to new experiences. A vacation is also the best way to strengthen bonds with family and to get away from the stress of city living. Moms get a break from work and the kitchen, dads are not fixated to their laptops and children have a blast, away from school and homework. A trip with the whole family means spending lots of unadulterated time together and creating everlasting memories. Holidays can serve as a great platform for children to learn about different cultures, history and help them look at things in a wider perspective.

It is also essential to choose a destination that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Are you looking for such a place to spend your holiday? We have put together a list of great places that are child-friendly and also some offbeat places with interesting activities to enjoy with family.

Place: Andaman Island

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Stay right in the heart of nature, surrounded by lush green forests and beautiful beaches. It is also the location of the infamous Cellular Jail.

What you can do here: Children will enjoy playing in the white sands, bird watching and exploring the island on bicycles. Water sports like scuba diving, sea walk and snorkelling are great here. Cruises are available to travel between the islands, from the mainland.

How many days to spend here: 5

Accommodation and how to reach: 

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

Andaman Teal House, Port Blair (Government guest house)

Sun Sea Resort, Port Blair (economy hotel)

Sinclairs Bayview, Port Blair (3-star)

By Air: Regular flights from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair

Place: Jaipur, Rajasthan

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Bursting with culture and heritage, the magnificent Amber Fort and the beautiful City Palace offer an insight to the royal life of Maharajas.

What you can do here: Activities like elephant rides and hot air ballooning at Amber fort would be a highlight for children. Indulge in unique experiences that will have your little ones floored - a day with the elephants at Elefantastic (an elephant village), walking tours or a meal at Chowki Dhani (Rajasthani village-themed restaurant). Witness textile block printing, visit a paper-making factory or enjoy the beautiful blue pottery making process, with the whole family.

How many days to spend here: 3

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available. Heritage hotels which are royal residences converted into hotels are very popular and available, suiting all pockets.

RTDC Hotel Teej (Government property)

Nahargarh Haveli (Heritage Economy hotel)

Dera Rawatsar (Heritage 3 star)

By Air: Regular flights from most of the major cities in India

By Road: Delhi (260 Kms, approx. 6 hours’ drive), Agra (240 Kms, approx. 6 hours’ drive)

Place: Dhordo, Gujarat

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Rann Utsav in Dhordo is a carnival of music, dance and natural beauty of the white sands of the Rann of Kutch. Immerse in the rich culture of the place.

What can you do here: Enjoy activities such as jeep ride, camel-cart ride, paramotoring and much more. Meditation and yoga options are also available. Children can enjoy and learn the Gujarati culture through the folk dances and music, handicrafts like embroidery, hand block printing, wood carving, mud wall painting and so on.

How many days to spend here: 3

Accommodation and how to reach:

Gateway to Rann Resort

You could stay in tents which are well-equipped with all facilities like a regular hotel

By Air: Nearest airport is at Ahmedabad (410 Kms, approx. 8 to 9 hours’ drive)

By Road: Bhuj (80 Kms, approx. 2 hours’ drive)

Place: Manali, Himachal Pradesh

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Being a hill station, Manali offers everything that one needs on a family vacation – a pleasant weather, beautiful scenery and loads of activities.

What can you do here: Mostly adventurous activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing and white water rafting are popular here. Children can enjoy horse riding, open jeep ride and zorbing. Enjoy playing in the snow at Rohtang Pass, which is closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.

How many days to spend here: 4

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

HPTDC Kunzam (Government property)

Silmog Garden (Economy hotel)

The Orchid Greens (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is at Bhuntar, Kullu

By Road: Kullu (50 Kms, approx. 2 hours’ drive)

Place: Vagamon, Kerala

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: The enchanting hill station of Vagamon is an offbeat tourist destination in Kerala. Studded with meadows, gardens, dales, tea plantations and valleys, it offers the perfect atmosphere to retreat away from the city and rejuvenate.

What can you do here: Various activities for kids such as jeep safari, visit to the rose garden, boating, cycling and fishing will keep them happily occupied. Adventure activities like trekking, paragliding, rock climbing and rope climbing can also be experienced.

How many days to spend here: 2

Accommodation and how to reach:

Homestays are very popular and are available in luxury and budget categories

Pine View homestay (Economy)

Winter Vale Resort (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is at Cochin

By Road: Cochin (106 Kms, approx. 3 hours’ drive)

Place: Gulmarg, Kashmir

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Being a tropical land, not many places in India experience snowfall. However, Gulmarg in Kashmir is covered with snow around the year. It not only has a refreshing ambience but also offers wonderful winter activities like skiing, snow biking, sledge rides and golfing.

What can you do here: Activities for kids include a pony ride and bird watching. The best way to explore the mountains and enjoy the spectacular scenery is by taking a cable car ride to reach the Apharwat mountain peak.

How many days to spend here: 2

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

JKTDC Hut Gulmarg (Government property)

Welcome Hotel Gulmarg (Economy hotel)

Hotel Pine Spring (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is at Srinagar

By Road: Srinagar (60 Kms, approx. 2 hours’ drive)

Place: Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: The lesser known hill station of Mahabaleshwar is a great family holiday destination. The green environs will soothe your senses.

What can you do here: While adults will enjoy watching a sunrise at the sunrise point, children will have fun plucking strawberries at the Mapro garden, boating in Vienna lake and going on pony rides. There are various echo points to view the beautiful hills and valleys. During the monsoons, the Lingmala and Dhobi Falls come alive adding to the scenic splendour.

How many days to spend here: 2

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

MTDC Mahabaleshwar (Government property)

Hotel Shreyas (Economy hotel)

Valley View Resort (3 stars)

By Air: Nearest airport is Pune

By Road: Pune (120 Kms, approx. 3 hours’ drive)

Place: Gangtok, Sikkim

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Located in the lap of the Himalayas, Gangtok offers surreal sceneries that can lift up anyone’s spirits. Local attractions include the Seven Sisters waterfalls, Tsomgo lake (clear blue water with the reflection of the surrounding snow-capped mountains) and Nathula pass (a mountain pass in the Himalayas connecting India and China).

What can you do here: Children will surely enjoy the Yak safari, cable car ride over the city and Adventure activities like river rafting, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding can be enjoyed. Hop on a helicopter with your family to enjoy the aerial view of Himalayan ranges.

How many days to spend here: 4

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available.

Hill top resorts are popular here.

The Sikkim Retreat (Economy hotel)

Summit Nam Nang Courtyard & Spa (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal

By Road: Bagdogra (124 Kms, approx. 4 hours’ drive)

Place: Auli, Uttarakhand

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Auli is dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars. The panoramic view in Auli is astonishing as it is surrounded by very high peaks including Nanda Devi (7817 m).

What can you do here: Apart from skiing, activities like hiking, mountain biking and trekking can be enjoyed. Children will enjoy the cable car ride for sure. Nanda Devi national park is one of the famous attractions that can be enjoyed with family.

How many days to spend here: 2-3

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

GMVN Tourist Bungalow (Government property)

Clifftop Club (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is Dehradun

By Road: Dehradun (188 km, approx. 4 hours’ drive)

Place: Raigad, Maharashtra

10 Best Family Holiday Destinations in India

Why you must visit this place: Being a coastal region there are many famous beaches in Raigad. Attractions to enjoy with family include the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Queen’s Palace and Raigad Museum.

What can you do here: Water sports such as parasailing, banana ride, jet sky ride are available. Children can enjoy horse rides at the beach. For seafood lovers, there are many food stalls by the beaches to savour the local flavours. The isolated beach of Revdanda offers dolphin and fishing safari which children will surely enjoy. 

How many days to spend here: 2

Accommodation and how to reach:

Luxury to budget hotels and resorts are available

MTDC Resort (Government property)

Motel Visava (Economy hotel)

Hotel Panvel Palace (3 star)

By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai (100 Kms, approx. 2 hours’ drive)

By Road: Mumbai (100 Kms, approx. 2 hours’ drive)