A slice of paradise located in Southern India, Kerala is gorgeous from head to toe with its beautiful backwaters, lush tea gardens and wonderful valleys. Apart from its historical and cultural richness, this charming destination is perfectly packed with experiences for people of all ages, especially the younger ones. Here’s our guide to the best places to see in Kerala with kids for a memorable family holiday in ‘God’s own Country’.
Covered with a blanket of fragrant tea estates, Munnar is Kerala's coolest hill station, best suited for families seeking a peaceful time. Famous as the homeland of tea production, the town has several plantations where you can learn everything about India’s favourite beverage. From picking tea leaves, identifying its multiple kinds, tasting the most exotic variety of flavours and seeing its complete whole from natural to packaged form, a visit to the Tata Tea Museum here promises a fun and educational experience. Don’t forget to buy some tea varieties to recreate the magic of Kerala back at home!
Another must visit in the list of places to see in Kerala with kids is the Eravikulam National Park. Situated along the Western Ghats over Idukki’s high ranges, this sanctuary is the only home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. An ideal add-on to a Kerala holiday for families, this park spreads over an area of 97 square kilometres and can be explored by taking a jungle safari to view the rare species of flora and fauna around this location. Also, the Lakkam waterfalls and Echo Point here offer scenic views perfect for photography sessions.
The beautiful town of Thekkady has plenty to do and see when it comes to spending an unforgettable time with your family. The most famous among its many attractions is the country’s largest Tiger Reserve- Periyar National Park. Spanning over 925 sq. kilometres, the park is the most favourite of all the places to see in Kerala with kids. Here one can spot royal tigers, majestic elephants and also enjoy a scenic boat ride for fun.
Apart from this, you can also go for a Spice Plantation Tour in the plantations of Thekkady. Learn about South Indian spices and condiments while treating your senses to their aromas in a natural setting. A delightful experience that kids will love is taking an elephant ride at the Elephant Camp where you can also bathe these adorable creatures! For a cultural affair, the best thing to see is the Kalaripayattu show where Kalari artists showcase the oldest martial art form in the world in an eye-catching demonstration.
Kerala’s most beloved holiday destination, Kovalam is a beach-town featuring three pristine beaches, namely Lighthouse, Samudra and Hawah. Clean, green and well-maintained with lavish resorts, this town is one of the most suitable places to see in Kerala with kids.
Apart from cruising on the calming backwaters and capturing the natural beauty here, one can indulge in thrilling adventure sports like jet-skiing and parasailing at Lighthouse beach or opt for a traditional bamboo boating experience on a catamaran boat at Hawah beach. For a dose of history, you can visit the Vizhinjam Rock Cut Cave Temple and Halcyon Castle, some of the finest and well-preserved places to see in Kerala with kids.
Hub of Kerala’s backwaters, Alleppey is among the oldest planned towns in India and one of the most remarkable places to see in Kerala with kids. Officially called Alappuzha, this city offers the most outstanding houseboat experiences, an unmissable thing to do on a Kerala holiday for families.
An excellent means to see the unparalleled beauty of the backwaters, this boating experience is straight out of an old Hindi movie, with birds chirping around you, paddy crops swaying in the gentle breeze and fishermen going about their daily lives as you cruise past them while enjoying delicious food prepared on board. Relax with your loved ones and take in the calming aura of Kerala’s culture on this memorable backwater experience.
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