10 Places To Visit In India Before Your Child Turns 10
The gift of travel can be invaluable to children. It is not only fun but opens their eyes to a whole new world. Before times passes and your kid turns 10, explore these places in India. Make memories!
By Ashwin Dewan
“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta
Mulling over taking a break and exploring a new place with your kids? Go ahead. A vacation is a fun-filled time for the entire family. For kids, a vacation means more than just an escape from school and studies. It opens up a new door to new places, new cuisines, new sights, new experiences and historical trivia in between.
What about kids under the age of 10? Well, they are the perfect tribe, bubbling with energy, enthusiasm and curiosity. And as a parent, you can do you bit by taking your kid’s infectious inquisitiveness to the next level. Take her far and wide and expose her to experiences that will enrich her mind and soul. And, what better country than a 'diverse India' to show your child the wonders of travel. After all, India is such a colourful and vibrant land, and our growing kids deserve to see the different hues of this iconic country.
And like they say, the world can be one of the best classrooms that can teach children things they will not be able to learn within the four walls of a classroom. There is indeed something special about sharing the wonder of travel with your child.
India: A melting pot of cultures and stunning destinations
You need not look too far for places to travel with your child.
Are you looking to travel on a shoestring budget? India has countless spots where you can enjoy without making a dent in your budget.
Are you looking for a vacation to rival the Kings of yore? India is dotted with numerous places that cater to your fancy such as luxury trains, boutique hotels and much more.
India has a lot to offer. So, pack your bags and take you child on an adventure of a lifetime!
Best places to visit in India with kids
1. Go ‘bird watching’ at Pulicat lake and bird sanctuary (Chennai)
When to visit: October to March
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport, 90 kilometres away.
Fee: No fee for this public place
Operating hours: 06:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
The Pulicat lake in Chennai is the second largest saltwater lake in India. Take your child for the main attraction – the bird sanctuary that attracts exotic migratory birds like pelicans, painted stork, flamingos and more. The scenic view of the lake combined with the flock of birds will make the outing a memorable one for children. Some time between the end of December and the start of January, an annual Flamingo festival is conducted. Watch out for that!
2. See the architectural marvel of the Taj Mahal (Agra)
When to visit: Any time of the year except the rainy season.
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Agra Airport, 12.5 kilometres from the main city.
Fee: Rs 50. No entry fee for children under 15 years.
Operating hours: 06:00 a.m. to 06:30 p.m. Closed on Fridays.
At some point in his academic life, your child will study about the architectural wonder, Taj Mahal. It is considered by many to be the greatest monument of love. So, why not introduce your child to this wonder of the world? One look at the monument and your little one is sure to be amazed. It also offers a glimpse into history and the architectural brilliance of that period of time to your child. No trip to the North of India, especially Delhi and Agra, is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal. Plus, it makes for a great photo opportunity!
3. Roar along with the magnificent tigers at the Jim Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand)
When to visit: November to February
How to reach: Nearest railway station is Ramnagar, 12 kilometres from the park.
Fee: Rs 200 per person entry fee / Rs 1000 per jeep per safari
Operating hours: 06:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Children are fascinated by wildlife – the roar of the tiger, the hissing of the snake, the chirping of the birds, the trumpet of the elephant, etc. Tap into this world of your little one and make it come to life by taking a trip to the famous Jim Corbett National Park. Named after the legendary hunter, Jim Corbett, this park is famous for animals like the tiger, bear and deer. Take a thrilling jeep safari, go camping, trek at Sitabani, river raft in the Kosi river and view the scenic beauty of the flora and fauna, atop an elephant!
4. Take a toy train ride with a spectacular view of the mountains (Darjeeling)
When to visit: March to May, September to November
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Bagdogra International Airport that is 80 kilometres away.
Fee: Diesel engine rides: Rs 805 / Steam engine rides: Rs 1,405
Operating hours: 07:40 a.m. to 04:20 p.m.
Trains have always enthralled children. Be it in the form of a toy train set or the sight of a real train chugging along the tracks billowing smoke – it is bound to make children happy.
So, why don’t you take your child on a toy train ride in Darjeeling? Declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it is unlike regular trains as it has two to three small compartments and gives the feel of a fairy tale automobile. The train journey provides a good mix of history and fun as it snakes through the Himalayan terrain. We guarantee, this is one ride your child will cherish and never forget.
5. Bring out the water baby in your child (Andaman Islands)
Where: Andaman Islands
When to visit: November to May
How to reach: The nearest airport is the Veer Savarkar International Airport or Port Blair Airport.
If your child is a water baby and loves to splish and splash, then the Andaman Islands is your perfect destination. Let you child walk in the crystal clear waters of the ocean along the coastline, even as she explores the nature and wildlife the island has to offer. She can even try her hand at scuba diving (under strict guidance and supervision) by which she can witness the wonders of the deep waters such as colourful corals, beautiful fishes and other creatures of the sea.
With a seemingly endless stretch of beaches, blue waters and coconut trees, the Andamans is one destination that your child will love.
6. Savour yummy homemade chocolates (Ooty)
When to visit: October to June
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Coimbatore Airport that is approximately 88 kilometres away.
Fee for Ooty chocolate museum: Rs 20 per person
Timings for Ooty chocolate museum: 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
Want to make your chocolate-loving child ecstatic? Then, head to Ooty that has the first ever chocolate museum in India, located on the Ooty-Mysore road. Here, you can take a bite from the wide variety of chocolates on display. Your child can indulge in some interesting trivia on chocolates at the museum and learn something new. In case, your child wants more, the chocolates can be parcelled too. One chocolaty experience for your child and a memory that he will ‘sweetly’ remember.
7. Learn through puppets (Udaipur)
When to visit: October to January
How to reach: The city has its own domestic airport that is 22 kilometres away
An ancient form of entertainment, puppetry can be used to teach moral values to children in a fun way. While the city of Udaipur offers many tourist spots, puppetry is one of the best ways to introduce your child to the rich history and culture of this majestic place. In many places, puppet shows are conducted using sounds and lights. Book your tickets to a puppet show now! While you are here exploring the city, don't miss the special boat rides they have.
8. Take a trip into space at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium (Bangalore)
When to visit: Weather is cool throughout the year.
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Bangalore International City, 40 kilometres from the city.
Fee: Rs 35
Chandrayaan 2’s memorable mission has captured the imagination of children across the country. Tap into this excitement and take your child to visit the famous Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore. The Sky theatre runs shows that explains through high-quality graphics all about the sun, the moon, the planets and the universe. This theatre is the main attraction, as it comprises a 15-metre hemispherical dome on which the incredible projections are made. Outside the theatre, children can find many exhibits with interesting facts and figures about the solar system.
9. Go on fun amusement rides at Essel World (Mumbai)
When to visit: November to February
How to reach: Nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, that is 7 kilometres away from the city.
Fee: Prices start from Rs 390 and can go up to Rs 1890
Timings: 10:30 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.
Who doesn't love a thrilling ride? The Island of Fun is located on the coastal Gorai village in northwest Mumbai, a scenic setting injected with wholesome thrill & entertainment. The 42 acre complex boasts of over 57 attractions designed for entertainment of all age groups. If you decide to head here, please remember that children under 10 should not be allowed on rides meant for adults. Enjoy a day-out with your child and spend some good family time filled with fun, rides, water splashes and ice cream!
10. Explore Thekkady atop a jumbo elephant (Kerala)
When to visit: June to August
How to reach there: Kerala has three main airports located at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.
Price: Rs 350 per person
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.
Kerala is not only about the backwaters and fresh seafood. If you are taking a child under 10 years with you, try an elephant ride through the jungles of Thekkady. It will make for one unforgettable experience for children. Also, children will be delighted to feed an elephant, and watch the ‘jumbo’ use its long trunk to pick up food and put it into its mouth. Further, the greenery and scenery of this beautiful place will refresh any tired soul.
The options for places to travel in India are limitless. Each region has countless tourist spots to leave a lasting memory on your child. We have ensured that tourist spots from all the four corners of India have been covered here. So, the next time you decide on a holiday destination with your child, you know where to go. Happy journey!
Also read: Travel destinations for your next trip
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Written by Ashwin Dewan on 17 September 2019.
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