Kids Friendly destinations for summer vacation
It’s that time of the year when kids’ centric holidays are planned. While summers are just setting in Karnataka, it offers many destinations that can be visited during this time. The tropical weather does not come your way when you are in Karnataka. Kids’ friendly summer vacations in Karnataka can be planned at ease without feeling the pinch of the heat. Bangalore, Mysore and Coorg are the favourite circuits amongst travellers, especially during summer vacations. If you love beaches, add Gokarna to the itinerary.
People travel to Bangalore from all over the country for its weather, nightlife, food, shopping, temples and much more. There are a lot more Bangalore offers, especially to the young tourists.
A safari in Bannerghatta National Park is a sheer delight for everyone who visits the park. A National Park with an in-house zoo features leopards, monkeys, peacocks, and elephants. Hop on to the Jeep to encounter Lions, tigers and bears face to face. Conclude your journey with a visit to the vivid Butterfly Park.
A Lion at Bannerghatta National Park
Visit to Bangalore will be incomplete if you do visit Visvesvaraya Industrial Museum. Spare a complete day at the museum for fun learnings, experiments, 3D shows, secrets of the Universe and much more.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Started in 1989, Nehru Planetarium has emerged as a leading institution devoted to science popularization and non-formal science education in India. The Planetarium organizes several interesting programmes for school students and the general public. Like monthly star gazing, science club activities, science movies, Sky-theatre shows every day, viewing of astronomical events etc. It’s a must to visit for kids of all age groups.
Mysore is one-a stop destination for all age groups. A city, rich in culture and heritage, has so much more to offer for the younger travellers. Mysore has everything that a kid looks forward to in a holiday, especially if it’s an annual summer vacation.
Popularly known as Mysore Zoo is the favourite place not only for kids but for adults too. Mark a full day to spend quality time with giraffes, tigers, lions, elephants and many more resident animals in the zoo.
Giraffe at Mysore Zoo
Established in 1979, Rail Museum is a delight for kids and the child in you. One of the most interesting offerings in Mysore, the museum displays old locomotives, royal coaches from the Maharaja of Mysore, and mini-train rides for the toddlers.
Rail Museum, Mysore
Just a little away from Mysore towards Mandya, Brindavan Gardens has been a favorite spot with families for generations. A walk through Krishnaraj Sagar Dam Bridge, crossing through the beautiful landscapes, a boat ride and ending the tour with a musical fountain makes you leave the garden with joy. A musical evening with a laser show is a must-watch for everyone.
Get on to the wobbly boat for a ride in River Cauvery to witness the most amazing flights and take-off of the resident and migratory birds at the sanctuary. The most popular with kids and adults and a famous spot, Ranganathittu offers the treat to eyes with glimpses of painted storks, spoonbills, black-headed ibises, herons, and spot-billed pelicans.
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Birds at Ranganathittu Photo credits : Ananda Kumar
Coorg is the most popular hill station in Karnataka and is often referred to as ‘Scotland of India’ and is one of the best places to visit in summers in Karnataka. Even though it is a hill- station, it has a lot more for kids’ interests too.
Kids love animals and parents love to see their kids playing with animals. What if the animal is an Elephant? Yes, at Dubare Elephant Camp one can play with, groom them, and watch mahouts feeding elephants. That sounds exciting, isn’t it? While you are in the Jungle Lodges, a ride in a coracle boat drifting along the river Cauvery is something you will love. Enthral kids with the ride and keep your eyes open for crocodiles.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Nagarhole National Park is another exciting summer vacation destination for a family in Karnataka is Nagarhole National Park. Nagarhole is home to tigers, bison, wild dogs, civets and many other animals and birds. Hear the sound of silence of the forest, the bubbling streams, calm and tranquil lakes and the wilderness are the main attractions of the park. The kids will love their stay here during the summer holidays.
Nagarhole National Park
who doesn’t love beaches, especially kids? To beat the heat, splashing into the water is the favourite getaway for the kids. Gokarna is one of the best places to visit during summer vacations in Karnataka.
- Water sports are the most popular and favourite activities amongst kids and parents during summer vacations.
- Playing in the sand and making castles with the setting sun in the background is still the most loved activity amongst youngsters.
- Visit heritage temples and educate the generation of culture and heritage is something everyone loves. Mahabaleshwara Temple is one such heritage temple all kids must visit.
- Get those adrenaline rushes with water sports like boat rides, parasailing and even jet skiing.
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