Kerala, also known as “God’s Own Country”, is as visually alluring and biologically diverse as it gets. With backwaters ideal for everything, from spending some quality time to indulging in adventure sports, it makes for a perfect place to visit with family. Kerala also boasts of spectacular tea plantations, interesting wildlife sanctuaries, and so much more! Here’s a list of places to explore and things to do when in Kerala with your family.
The hill station of Munnar, also referred to as “The Kashmir of South India”, qualifies as an ideal family getaway destination. One of the major attractions of this picturesque town is the Eravikulam National Park. The park is home to the shrubs of Neelakurinji, whose flowers bloom only once in 12 years. When they do, the park is nothing less than breath-taking, enveloped in shades of blue and purple. Take a trip to the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, a short drive away from the city of Munnar. The estate has a 100-year-old factory, allowing you to witness the process of tea making and taste locally grown produce that we’re sure the children will love!
GoFro Tip: When in Eravikulam National Park, trek to the peak of the hill to spot interesting wildlife, like the endangered Nilgiri Thar mountain goat.
Alleppey, best known for its wonderful backwaters, is a favorite among travelers to Kerala. You can explore the length and breadth of Alleppey’s backwaters by renting a canoe. For a comfortable stay as well as picturesque views, rent a houseboat, or a kettuvallam. You and your family can take in the scenery of the place while being served freshly prepared snacks and scrumptious meals on the houseboat.
GoFro Tip: As the houseboats are always in demand, ensure that you make your bookings well in advance.
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What makes Kumarakom a must-visit with family is the amazing Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. From egrets to herons, from waterfowls to Siberian cranes, the place is a temporary home to many rare migratory birds. The birds are most easily spotted in the months of November to February. Kumarakom has many resorts and spas that incorporate the beautiful natural surroundings. You can also indulge in many family activities during your stay here, such as pottery-making, henna-painting, golfing, swimming, etc.
GoFro Tip: Combine the bird watching at Kumarakom National Park with a stay in a houseboat on Vembanad Lake to make your trip truly unforgettable.
Lying merely 264kms away from Bangalore, Wayanad is the place to be for families on the lookout for adventure. It stands as a testimony to the rugged beauty and natural grandeur of Kerala. The major attractions of the town include places like Sentinel Rock Falls, Kanthanpara Falls, Pookote Lake, Kuruva Island, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Cave, and Thirunelli Temple. The mountains in Wayanad, such as Chembra, Banasura, and Brahmagiri, serve as great hiking trails and fitting camping sites. The place offers you numerous adventure opportunities like zip-lining, angling, archery, paintball, water zorbing, and river rafting.
GoFro Tip: Stay at a coffee plantation resort that offers various activities like trekking, bonfires, night safaris, and plantation walks.
Thekkady is home to Periyar National Park, lending it a dense and diverse cover of lush forest, allowing you to enjoy nature at its best. Take a Periyar forest ride for stunning views of the quaint Iddukki town, the mammoth Mullaperiyar Dam, the sprawling vegetable farms, and the lovely vineyards. Thekaddy offers adventure activities like rappelling, nature walks, rock climbing, and mountain biking that is perfect for your family’s adventurous side!
GoFro Tip: Camp overnight in a tree house when in Thekkady for an otherworldly experience.
Kerala is great as a family getaway for it manages to strike a perfect balance between peace and adventure. The serene waters and lush greenery serve as an important reminder, both for you and your children, that nature is the best reprieve there is.
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