Exploring India with kids: Kerala
The God's own country, Kerala is a beautiful state to explore with your kids. Here are four destinations where you should take your kids.
If you find yourself sipping refreshing coconut water overlooking the Arabian sea, or stretching your legs on the deck of a houseboat, chances are, you are in Kerala. But Kerala is not just for honeymooners.
Kerala boasts a long history of trade and the spices grown here have captured the taste of the world for centuries. It offers destinations that can be enjoyed with kids. Availability of good transport, ease of communication in English and a great connectivity to the major cities in India makes it an ideal travel destination.
Here are the four places you should visit with your kids, while you are in Kerala.
#1 Alappuzha (Alleppey)
The fascination of Bollywood with the backwaters of Kerala is well known. The backwaters are a chain of brackish lakes and lagoons parallel to the Arabian sea along the Malabar coast. It was described as the Venice of the East by Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century.
The beauty of the backwaters and the simple life along it can be witnessed with a considerable ease. If you are pressed for time, you can take a half day tour of the backwaters. If time is not an issue, rent a houseboat. Don’t forget to bring along a camera and some board games. This is an experience no kid would ever forget.
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Backwaters! Book a tour or hire a houseboat. Enjoy fresh catch cooked to perfection just for you.
Next in the list, Munnar- the tea capital of Kerala
When you travel towards Munnar, with the weather and the landscape, the mood suddenly changes. Situated at a height of 5200 ft above sea level, this hill station would give you an opportunity to explore the tea estates in the south of India. The cool air, amazing views and the morning dew on the car would make this trip worthwhile.
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Tea estates, cool weather and an escape from the humidity
Next in the list, Thekkady- the wildlife haven
If experiencing wildlife is your thing, Thekkady is the place for you. The tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary, The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 777 sq. km. with half of it being a thick evergreen forest.
If you are short on time, you can take a boat ride along the Periyar River, and you can often spot herds of elephants, bison and deer drinking water along the banks. If you are lucky, you can also spot a tiger.
If you have ample time, you can trek and follow the nature trails.
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A memorable trek, the awe-inspiring sight of a herd of wild elephants and a chance to spot a tiger.
Next in the list, Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital of Kerala
The capital city of Kerala is a good destination to explore with your kids as you can fly in or out from here. There are many tourist destinations here including Kovalam beach, Sanghumukham Beach, Napier Museum and Zoo (This inspired the famous book and movie Life of Pi), Agasthyarkoodam peak, Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Neyyar Dam, Kuthira Malika palace among other things.
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Urban greenery, delectable food and places to shop.
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