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    Written by Monali Bordoloi and published on 13 July 2021.

    If your children are longing for a break from the daily grind, why not take them on a trek to appreciate nature first-hand? Here are 10 child-friendly trekking places in India. Read on

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    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    By now, it is more than evident that most of us want to break the monotony of working from home but are still hesitant to visit restaurants and malls on weekends as the pandemic is far from over. A better option would be to take your entire family out on a nature trail or trekking. Trekking, as many seem to perceive, is not restricted to adults or the rough and tough. Yes, trekking or even plain hiking amidst the sights and sounds of nature is a sure-fire way to keep your child interested in, and maybe even develop a love for, nature. Discovering a small, pristine waterfall or an unseen insect would provide a whole new opportunity to your child to experience nature, up close and personal. It also provides parents the right time to talk to them about our environment and need to keep the trails clean.

    Check out our curated list of 10 easy-to-do child friendly trekking places and choose the one nearest to you.

    Trekking: Things to keep in mind

    What better way to get some exercise for your child than trekking! The feeling of achievement they experience after reaching the top of a hill or completing an hour-long trek is matchless. It will give them a sense of success after working hard for it.

    Trekking is also said to be good for a child's self-confidence. But, before you embark on your trekking trip with your child, make sure that the trip is not too long or hard for them. Do keep in mind basic safety measures and do not forget to carry the essentials such as water and light snacks to keep you hydrated and energised. Put on your best outdoor shoes and comfortable clothes, and you are good to go on your mini adventure along with your child.

    Trekking: A bonding activity?

    If you are thinking that trekking is a strenuous activity, not suitable for children, think again. Trekking is a great way to bond well with your child. If you are a parent to teenagers who have started to do things on their own, see the magic happen when out on a trekking trail. Your otherwise reserved, reticent child is sure to open to you once you are amid nature.

    Clement Dominique of Bangalore Mountaineering Club says, "Now a days, many families with children are also coming out for short trekking trips. Uttari Betta, Savandurga and Devnarayan Durga near Bangalore are a few of the trekking trails that we would like to recommend to families with children for short weekend trips. However, for organised trekking trip over several days, we prefer to have children eight years and above."

    Difference between trekking and hiking?

    Do you know the difference between trekking and hiking? Many of us assume that these two terms are one and the same. There is a slight difference, however. We decode it for you. Trekking involves a long journey by foot with several stops. Hiking is shorter than trekking. When you walk through a defined trail to a destination, you are hiking.

    India: A trekker's paradise

    There are many hilly locales, mountains and old forts in India to offer different levels of trekking for everyone. From more experienced trekkers to amateur ones, everyone can choose treks with varying difficulty level. Among the many treks India has to offer, many are child friendly as these are easy to climb. These will not tire your children out and they would be thrilled to reach to the top after the completion of the trek.

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Check out these 10 easy-to-do child friendly trekking places spread all over India

    1. Devanarayanadurga Hills, Karnataka

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Duration of the trek: A maximum of 1 hour.

    Distance from Bangalore: Around 70km from Bangalore, near Tumkur. There are clearly marked signboards that guide you to this place.

    Best time to visit: September to February

    If you are looking for an easy hike to introduce the outdoors to your children, Devarayanadurga near Tumkur in Karnataka is the best choice. Known for its wonderful climate and scenery, this trek offers the best that nature has to offer, and the best part is that you can do it within a short time. There are several temples all along the trek. Find a small Bhoganarasimha temple at the starting of the trek. On your way up, there is a Yoganarasimha temple. Once you reach the top, you can view the temples amidst the green cover. If your children are willing, you can take them further trekking to the nearby Siddara Betta. Or go to the natural spring, Namada Chilume and enjoy the quiet surroundings.

    2. Nallambakkam, Tamilnadu

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Duration of the trek: One day trek. On moderate pace you can finish it around 3 hours.

    Distance from Chennai: Around 50km from Chennai, near AP-TN border.

    Best Time to visit: October to March

    If you are a Chennai resident, we would recommend you pack your and your child's trekking shoes for this easy trek sooner than later. Just an hour's drive from Chennai city, this trekking trail is just 2 km long. You can witness a beautiful sunrise if you go early or opt for the sunset from the top. On the way to the top, you will encounter nature in its purest form, there are picture postcard-worthy quarry and a lake. Enjoy the scenery from the top along with your child and soak in the fresh air.

    3. Ajoba, Maharashtra

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Duration of the trek: One day trek. On moderate pace you can finish it around three hours.

    Distance from Mumbai: Around 70km from Mumbai, near Asangaon.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year except for monsoon months.

    If you are from Mumbai, this trekking trail would give you the perfect opportunity to get some sun, away from the maddening city life. Nestled in the picturesque Sahyadri range, Ajoba is one of the highest peaks of the range. However, if you are travelling with children and family, do not tire your children by going all the way to the top. Make Valmiki Ashram, which is at the halfway to the peak your destination and you can still enjoy your experience. The starting point of the trek is a village named Dehnne, which is situated at the beginning of the trail. Enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on your way up. If you are more adventurous and your children are also wiling, go further up, to the top. However, avoid travelling in dark as there are wild animals around.

    4. Fort Tikona, Pune

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Duration of the trek: One day trek. On moderate pace you can finish it around two hour.

    Distance from Pune: Around 50 Km from Pune, in Maval region.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year except for monsoon months

    If you are staying in Pune, you are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to easy-to-do trekking places. Fort Tikona, which derives its name for its triangular shape, is a dream trekking destination for parents with children as the ascent to the top is easy with marked pathways. The place is around 3,500 feet above sea level, but don't get daunted by the height. The pathway to the top is dotted with quite a lot of little temples and caves. The way to the top has doors cut through the rocks. Your child is sure to have a fun time going through the numerous doors cut into rocks. Once you reach the top, you can see the ruins of the fort. The trek starts from a village called Tikona Peth.

    5. Huthri Durga, Karnataka

    Difficulty level: Easy

    Duration of the trek: One day trek. On moderate pace you can finish it around two hours.

    Distance from Bangalore: 60km

    Best time to visit: September to February

    It has an easy scenic trekking trail of 5km amidst lush greenery. it is a family-friendly trekking trail, perfect for amateur trekkers. It is also known as Uttari Betta. This place is famous among trekkers for its breath-taking sun rise and scenic views all around. The pathway through the forest leads to a small temple on the base of the hill. If you want to enjoy the sunrise, go past the temple further up to the top of the hill to get better views.

    6. Anthargange, bordering Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Duration of the trek: One day trek

    Distance from Bangalore: 67 Km from Bangalore, near Kolar

    Best time to visit: September to February

    Do you want to add some adventure to your trekking? Trekking Trekking in Anthargange near Kolar in Karnataka is the ideal weekend getaway for your family as it allows you to trek and explore some caves too. At the starting of the trek, there is a Shiva temple where you can offer prayers. Further up, your children will be thrilled to see thousands of Shivlinga and the largest Shivlinga in the famed Shree Kotilingeshwara Swamy Temple. The Anthargange mountain is at the height of 1712 meters above sea level. The trekking route is around 3km long. Further up, there are many small and mid-sized caves. Your children will be thrilled to explore the inside of the caves. The way to the top after the caves is little steep but you will be rewarded with stunning views.

    7. Dayara Bugyal, Uttarakhand

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Duration of the trip - 5-6 days with 3-4 hours of trekking everyday

    Distance from Dehradun: 186km from Dehradun

    Best time to visit: March, April, May, September, October

    Are you in the North of India and looking for a place to trek to recharge your batteries? Dayara Bugyal in Uttarakhand would fit your bill perfectly. But, what if we tell you that you don't have to leave your children behind while going for this trekking trip! Yes, your child can accompany you on this Himalayan trek. For this trek, your starting point would be Dehradun.

    This two-day trekking trip takes one through dense forest and meadows; however, it is still suitable for even 7-8-year-old children as it is a gradual climb with marked pathways. If it is a first-time expedition for your child, she would be thrilled to view the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas mountain. Once you reach the Dayara top, you can view the 360-degree untouched beauty of the Himalayan range. This place gets snowfall till late April, so if you happen to go then, you can see snowfall as well. If you want to avoid snowfall, travel after April.

    8. Gingee Fort, Tamilnadu

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

    Duration of the trek: 4-5 hours

    Distance from Chennai: 130 km from Chennai, 240 km from Bangalore

    Best time to visit: Winter months, December to February

    If history beckons you, go for this historical trek to the Gingee Fort. Build by the Chola kings, these forts would be real-life history lesson for your child. Also known as 'Senchi Fort', the complex houses three forts - the Gingee fort, Rajagiri Fort and a smaller fort called Chandrayandurg. If you are travelling with children, we would recommend you stick to just the main Gingee fort or the Rajagiri fort. This could be a slightly difficult trek for children, so tell them beforehand. But if you have a history buff at home, he will enjoy the sights and sounds of the bygone era the trek offers. Carry plenty of water. Be careful of monkeys though. It would be wise to carry some sticks to ward them off.

    9. Ettina Bhuja, Karnataka

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Duration of the trek: One day trek

    Distance from Bangalore: 220km from Bangalore

    Best time to visit: November to February

    Ettina Bhuja in Kannada means shoulder of an ox as the place is shaped like that. Situated in the picaresque western Ghats, the view from the top is breath-taking. The starting point of the trek is a village named Kukkada which is 20km ahead of Dharmathala. Another unique feature of this trek is that there is only one way up to the top. The trail of this trek is clean with lush greenery all around. Recently, a member of ParentCircle family, Shreyas, an avid nature-lover, visited the place and vouched for its untouched beauty. He gives this trek a thumbs up for children too. From the starting point the trek is around 3km. Check the map here.

    10. Tadiandamol, Coorg, Karnataka

    10 Child-Friendly Trekking Places In India You Should Visit

    Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

    Duration of the trek: Can be done in 4-5 hours

    Distance from Bangalore: 250km.

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year except for monsoon months

    If you are not fond of a steep hiking path, go for this moderate trek in Tadiandamol, Coorg. Spread across vast green lands and numerous small streams, children would love to explore the place as the trek is a gradual climb and not steep. As you go up, you will be welcomed by vast meadows, you might spot some cows and goats grazing nearby. Once on the top part, you can enjoy the beautiful valley dotted with coffee, cardamom and pepper plantations.

    Eight-year-old Akshita B of Bangalore who recently been to this trek says eating bananas and a walking stick on the way up helped her have that extra energy to finish the trek.

    If you want to imbibe the life lesson to your child that it takes hard work to achieve anything in life, trekking could do that for you. There is a saying that "to walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles." So, don't let the daily humdrum of life stop you from enjoying the bounties of nature. Go for these easy trekking trails along with your child and give him the opportunity to witness the miracles of nature up close.

    Also read: 10 Places With Snowfall In India You Can Visit This Winter!

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    Written by Monali Bordoloi on 29 September 2020.

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