Best places to visit in India with family
Explore These Fabulous Places in India with Family and Go on Creating Memories
If you want to add fun, excitement, and mirth to your vacation, travel with family. Traveling with a bunch of kids and all the near and dear ones can only add happiness and gratification to your touring experience, no matter where you go. The unconditional love and care, endless emotions, and carefree laughter that family adds to every moment, make life truly worth living.
If you are planning a family vacation this year, you can ponder visiting the states of Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Odisha with your loved ones and enjoy the hospitality, love, and warmth that these states bestow on the visitors. Let’s take a look at what these states have to offer:
Kerala – The Land of Backwaters:
Situated on the Malabar Coast, this tropical state is the example of diversity at its best. Those who want to gain a wholesome touring experience should visit Kerala at least once. From rivers, mountains, wildlife, waterfalls to forts, gardens, lakes, Kerala has everything to offer. The list of places to visit in this state could be unending, so, here we are mentioning some of the unmissable places that make this state luxuriant.
- Visit Fort Kochi to get a glimpse of British, Dutch, and Portuguese architecture.
- Plan a trip to Munnar to spend some memorable moments in the extensive tea gardens of the Western Ghats.
- Add a trip to the Malabar beaches to your travel plan – you surely won’t regret.
- A visit to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is a must.
- Hire a cozy boat and explore the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey and Kumarakom, amidst the lush forests for hours.
- The waterfalls of Athirapally Palaruvi and Thommankuthu will fill your heart with delight.
- An outing to the Alappuzha lighthouse can be both pleasurable and memorable.
- If you are a beach person, then Kerala has a huge platter to offer you – Kovalam, Marari, Alappuzha, Bekal, Varkala, Payyoli, and a lot more beaches are there.
- If hills are calling you then touring the hill stations of Munnar, Kumily, Idukki, Wayanad, and Devikulam can quench your thirst.
- When you are in Kerala, don’t miss watching the folk performances of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu (a traditional form of martial arts).
Rajasthan – The Land of Turbans:
This imperial state of India attracts a huge number of tourists every year. It can also be called the land of fortresses due to the presence of several forts depicting the legacy of the past era. Let’s take a stroll through the most traveled destinations in this state that every tourist wish to visit:
- Jaipur – When you are visiting the “Pink City”, you need to tour the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Birla Mandir, etc. Jaipur is the city of fortresses and thus, here you will find many majestic forts to visit – Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hathroi Fort, Moti Doongri Fort, and Shekhawat Fort.
- Jodhpur – An excursion of Jodhpur will take you to the Umaid Bhawan Palace, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jaswant Thada, Phool Mahal, Jain Mahavira Temple, and a lot more places. Most visited forts in Jodhpur are Mehrangarh Fort, Rohet Garh Fort, and Fort Chanwa Luni. Pay a visit to the cenotaphs in Jodhpur as well.
- Bikaner – An adorned rustic city lying in the lap of the Thar Desert is what we call Bikaner. The magnificent Junagarh Fort adds royalty to this city. This city also offers many interesting places to visit like Devi Kund, Prachina Museum, Shiv Bari Temple, Deshnok Temple, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Kote Gate, etc.
- Udaipur – This is probably the most beautiful city in Rajasthan and every corner of this city is picture-perfect. The natural landscape of Udaipur as well as, the man-made monuments make this city one of the most favorite holiday destinations of the tourists. Most renowned places to visit here are the Lake Palace, City Palace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Shiv Niwas Palace, Jag Mandir, Nathdwara Temple, Shilpgram Museum, etc. This city is adorned with many beautiful lakes – Lake Pichola, Rajasmand Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, and Jaisamand Lake.
- Chittorgarh –The land of Chittorgarh is embellished with the legacy of the Rajput clans. The tales of the bravery of the Rajputs still loom over this great land. The important places to visit here are the Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini’s Palace, Padmini’s Gardens, Fort Fateh Prakash Palace, Archeological Museum, Meera Temple, and much more.
- Jaisalmer –This is a sand-city in Rajasthan, located in the Thar Desert area. The rugged and sandy landscape of Jaisalmer makes it unique in appearance and a favorite of the global tourists. Visit the Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer Fort Palace and Museum, Jain Temples, Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwon Ki Haveli Bada Bagh, Khaba Fort, Vyas Chhatri, etc. when you are in this city.
- Pushkar – This is one of the most sacred lands in Rajasthan. Surrounding the holy waters of the PushkarLake, this city is a top visited place in the state. Notable tourist sites here are the Pushkar Palace, Man Mahal, Brahma Temple, Apteshwar Temple, Savitri Temple, Ramavaikunth Temple, etc.
Also, there are some lesser known places in this state, which are so fabulous and attractive that they definitely deserve a visit. Let’s learn about these spots:
1. Bundi:Famous for the intricate miniature paintings and astoundingly constructed step
2. The temple complex of Baroli:Ancient temple complex adorned with beautiful stone sculptures dedicated to Lord Shiva.
3. Samode Palace
4. Jawai Leopard Camp for leopard spotting:This camp is the ideal destination for the trekkers, also it offers ample opportunities
5. Rawla Narlai
6. Mihir Garh Fort:It is a medieval fort located in the midst of the desert and provides a mesmeric view for the visitors.
Tamil Nadu – Home to the Dravidian Architecture and Elegance:
Tamil Nadu, the land of temples, is one of the most beautiful southern states of India. This state is majorly known for the numerous temples depicting the Dravidian style architecture, which are unsurpassable in their beauty, intricacy, and magnificence. This state is simply unmissable when you are touring with your family.
The must-visit locales in Tamil Nadu:
- Chennai – The capital city that is embellished with ancient temples, churches, and extensive beaches is one of the most popular cities in India. The experience of visiting the Marina Beach, the longest beach in India and the second longest in the world, is just incomparable. This city represents the traditional South Indian culture and lifestyle, which you will not find anywhere else. The silk sarees, jewelry, and handicrafts are among the must-buy items in Chennai. Cities located nearby are Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.
- Kanyakumari – This place was previously known as Cape Comorin. It is a notable cultural center in Southern India and most visited for its beaches, historical monuments, and temples. The Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Thiruvalluvar Statue are the iconic tourist spots here. The union of the three mighty water bodies – the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea makes it a revered pilgrimage site.
- Mudumalai – Surrounded by the Nilgiri Hills, this is the best place to visit for the wildlife lovers. Notable places are Mudumalai National Park and the Theppakadu Elephant Camp.
- Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram – Notable for the shore temples, cave temples, Pancha Rathas, Thirukadalmallai, etc.
- Ooty or Ootacamund – One of the most popular hill stations in India, Ooty is situated in the heart of the Nilgiris. Top attractions include Government Rose Garden, Tea Factory, Avalanche Lake, Pykara River, Emerald Lake, Doddabetta Peak, etc.
- Madurai – This pilgrimage center is the home to the Dravidian style Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple and many other temples. Other tourist attractions are the Gandhi Museum, Samanar Hills, Pazhamudhir Solai, etc.
- Kodaikanal – This stunning hill station is also known as “princess of the hill stations”. Top attractions include – Dolphin’s Nose, Kurinjiandavar Temple, Berijam Lake, Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, etc.
Visit India’s Westernmost State – Gujarat:
The extensive area of this state offers diverse tourist attractions – temples, national parks, desert, historical establishments, and much more. It is the land of folk dances and toothsome delicacies and a fine confluence of the old world charm and urbanization. Have a glance at the notable places to visit with family in gujarat
- Ahmedabad – The largest city of the state hosts tourist sites like the Sabarmati Ashram, Akshardham Temple, Kankaria Lake, etc.
- Rann of Kutch – The mesmerizing white desert that shines brightly under the sun and moon is a treat to the eyes. Try to visit during the Rann Mahotsav to enjoy all the festivities.
- Shree Somnath Jyotirlinga Temple – Being one of the 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Lord Shiva in India, it is a famous pilgrimage spot.
- Bhuj – The Prag Mahal, Aina Mahal Palace, Cenotaphs Complex, Kutch Museum, and Hamirsar Lake are the places to visit.
- Gir, Junagadh – It is the home to the Asiatic lions and many other rare animal species like black bucks, hyenas, etc. The Gir National Park is a great place to visit with the family.
- Rani ki Vav – Located in Patan, this is an extremely beautiful stepwell and now, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing artistic and architectural brilliance.
When you are in Gujarat, you can’t miss the savories like Dhokla, Khandvi, Thepla, Bardoli ki Khichdi, Samosa, Undhiyu, Shrikhand, etc.
Visit Madhya Pradesh – The Heart of India
A huge platter of diverse experiences is awaiting you in Madhya Pradesh. This state has spirituality, architectural hubs, pristine greenery, great rivers, and it is the home to many wild animals as it hosts 9 national parks. Thus, wildlife safari is one of the best things to do in Madhya Pradesh.
- Jungle safaris in the notable national parks and tiger reserves like Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Panna, Pench, Satpura, etc.
- The resplendent Gwalior Fort situated on a hilltop is a must-visit destination in Madhya Pradesh.
- Enjoy trekking to Dhoopgarh, the highest peak of the state.
- Explore the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, where you will find caves adorned with Paleolithic wall paintings.
- The marble rocks in Bhedaghat is a great place to take your family and enjoy the day.
- The sightseeing in Madhya Pradesh is always incomplete without visiting the famous Sanchi Stupa.
- Visit the holy land of Ujjain and take a tour of the Mahakaleshwar Temple, Shakti Peeth, Navgraha Temple, Mangal Nath Temple, Sandipani Ashram, and the Ved Shala.
- Pay a visit to Mandu to see the magnificent Afghan palaces, tombs, gardens, temples, and mosques built by various rulers, who once ruled the land.
- A family holiday in Amarkantak can be refreshing, where you can visit the Sonakshi Shaktipeeth, Mai ki Bagiya, Narmada Udgam, Sonmuda, Kapildhara, etc.
- You can also take your family for a cable car ride over the Dhuandhar Falls in Bhedaghat, which will give you an exhilarating experience.
A large number of fairs and festivals are held in Madhya Pradesh and you should try to attend one such traditional festival with your family – Khajuraho Dance Festival, Tansen Music Festival, Malwa Festival, Bhagoria Festival, Karma Festival, Nagaji Fair, Lokrang and Kumbh Mela in Bhopal, etc.
Odisha – The Land of Lord Jagannath:
Odisha is the land of ancient Hindu temples and tribal culture. These temples depict the culture and customs of the bygone era and still today, stand tall attracting millions of tourists from far and wide. If you are in love with water bodies, then you must visit Odisha as this state has plenty of the same. Here are what you can expect when you are planning a family vacation in Odisha:
- Visit the Sun Temple, Konark – this is one of the first things you can do while visiting Odisha.
- Pay homage to the Jagannath Temple, the most notable Hindu pilgrimage site in Odisha.
- The Lingaraj Temple Complex is another notable spiritual site to visit.’
- Odisha is also known for its beaches – visit the exotic beaches of Puri, Chandipur, Gopalpur, and Chandrabhaga.
- Go on a boating excursion in the Chilika Lake, a famous wetland lagoon.
- Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a good site for wildlife sighting.
- If you have time, you can go for an excursion to the colorful Pipli Village, a few kilometers away from Bhubaneswar.
- Don’t miss the exploration of the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves.
- To witness the rare white tigers, visit the Nandankanan Zoological Park.
- For tiger spotting, explore the Similipal National Park.
- Visit the bird sanctuary in Nalabana Island.
- Appreciate the arts and sculptures in the Ratnagiri Museum.’
- Another visit-worthy spot is the museum of tribal arts and artifacts showcasing the interesting facts and objects associated with the 62 tribes of Odisha.
Taste the dishes like Pitha, Pakhala, Chhena Poda, Saga, and the sea-foods famous in this state.All these discussions of the wonderful places must be making you feel like visiting these holiday destinations right now. So, why wait, wake up the traveler in you and plan a family trip in the coming vacation.