A family that holidays together, stays together. But what if your kids are even bigger, messier travel junkies than you? Take them to places less explored, let them indulge in activities around nature, wildlife and spend a holiday having fun the way they’d want to!
Remember how you reminisce about collecting earthworms, jumping in muddy puddles, or playing with paper-boats in rainwater? Urban kids today hardly know what it feels like to indulge in such “cheap thrills”. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t enjoy getting their hands dirty. We present 11 messy holidays that include everything from organic farming to oyster picking and more!
Read on to know about 11 such off-beat activities you can take part with your kids in India to have ‘real’ fun.
1. Snow Play At Auli, Uttarakhand
Looking to give your kids an absolutely heavenly holiday experience? Set off to Auli, India’s snowy paradise and watch them roll, slide and fall in snow. this place is sure to make your kids’ holiday worthwhile!
Holiday in Uttarakhand!
2. Cheese Making In Auroville, Pondicherry
Pondicherry is known for much more than the pretty French colonies and yellow buildings. If you are travelling with kids and want to have some fun, head to La Ferme, in Auroville and know the basics of gourmet cheese making!
Holiday in Pondicherry!
3. Milking Cows In Punjabiyat, Punjab
Let your kids live the farm life as they enjoy a 20-min bicycle ride to a dairy farm to milk cows and learn about rural dairy farming. Don’t forget to enjoy the perfect Punjabi meal while you’re here!
Holiday in North India!
4. Elephant Bathing In Thekkady, Kerala
Get up, close and personal with the most adorable and humble animal of the jungle, the elephant. Let your kids indulge in bathing the elephant babies by the riverside! End the day with an unforgettable elephant ride through the lush jungles of Thekkady.
Holiday in Kerala!
5. Snorkelling In The Andaman Islands
There’s no wrong time for snorkelling in the Andamans and when there are kids in tow, you can’t leave any scope for them to get bored and cranky. Let your kids befriend the uber colourful creatures of the sea and have fun underwater!
Holiday in the Andaman Islands!
6. Strawberry Picking In Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
A weekend amid lush strawberry farms and plantations, with your kids picking and tasting farm-fresh strawberries…sound like something your kids would enjoy doing? The hilly slopes of the Mahabaleshwar-Panchgani belt in Western Maharashtra are blessed with fresh strawberries. Let your kids loose here and watch as they relish the fresh berries right off the farms!
Holiday in Maharashtra!
7. Oyster Picking In Kerala
Tinted with a blush of sun, sand and clear blue skies, Kerala offers places to make you fall in love with simple living. Visit Oyster Opera, a theme village in Kasaragod district which boasts of natural beauty like lush mangrove plantations. Bring your kids here and set them free to pick oysters and fish. Let them swim, canoe, ride a houseboat.
Holiday in Kerala!
8. Pottery At Nersa, Karnataka
Known as an Eco-lodge, The Hermitage in Nersa, Karnataka is the perfect getaway for you and your kids in tow. Stay at the machan and enjoy the simple pleasures life has to offer. With no electricity, this village operates on solar power. The kitchen here offers excellent Parsi and Anglo-Indian cuisine, and what’s more? You can hone your skills of pottery here, too. Wind up your weekend stay as you relax by the perennial stream.
Holiday in Karnataka!
9. Camel Feeding In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
The stunning deserts and mesmerising sunsets of Jaisalmer have always wooed travellers from all over the world; but what’s something off-beat you could do here with the kids in tow? Set off on a desert safari, ride the dunes on the back of a camel and let your kids feed them. A quick way to initiate a love for animals at a young age, right?
Holiday in Rajasthan!
10. Cooking Sikkimese Cuisine At Kewzing, Sikkim
Laced with lush green cardamom fields, the Bon Farmhouse is a must stay place if you are an ardent birdwatcher. Perched atop the snow-peaked mountains of the Eastern Himalayas, this place is ideal to visit with your children. Discover local flora-fauna here and let your kids learn a thing or two on how to cook Sikkimese cuisine with local delicacies like gundruk, kinama and fisnu.
Holiday in Sikkim!
11. Tea Plucking In Makaibari Estate, West Bengal
Tea is popular. Tea is consumed as a staple beverage all around the country, but do your kids know what goes behind tea making? Take them to a tea estate and involve them in activities like plucking tea leaves. In short, let them live a farmer’s life and see them enjoying every bit of it!
Holiday in the North East
Made up your mind yet? Tell us where would you like to go with your kids next time in the comments below!