Top 8 Summer Vacations Destinations In India

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In India, vacations greet you in all seasons, winter, rainy and the months-long summer vacations. In our children’s dictionary, the word vacation is synonymous with holidays. Your kids are likely to pressurize you to take them on a holiday. No wonder as their friends are going to explore different places, they also want to go. Know about  the Top 8 Summer Vacations Destinations In India. 

With the summer vacation just about the corner, it could be a well deserved break for you and your kids to break away from mundane routines and enjoy a few days off! If you are confused about choosing an apt destination, this blog may help you to fix one. You can find top five vacation spot when you have kids here.

Family on a vacation

Top 8 Summer Vacations Destinations In India
Jim Corbett National Park
Kaziranga National Park

Top 8 Summer Vacations Destinations In India

1. Ooty For Summer Vacation

A very famous hill station in the South. Children, no doubt, will enjoy the picturesque beauty from awesome wooden cottages perched on hills. The fog and cold weather will surely bring respite in summer.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Toy train through deep jungles and valleys is one of its kind, suitable for the entire family
  • Children can enjoy pony rides and explore botanical gardens
  • Take them to the honey and bee museum and tea factory to see how honey and tea are prepared
  • Enjoy hot cheese omelettes at Pykara and go on a refreshing walk around Pykara lake and falls
  • Try fishing, trekking and horse racing
  • Coonoor, just 17 kms away from Ooty provides numerous other attractions such as Lambs Rock, St Catherine Falls, Lady Canning’s Seat, Sim’s Park, Dolphin’s Nose, Law’s Falls, Ralliah Dam and Droog
  • Relish wholesome seafood, meats and south Indian food


Prices start from Rs. 1000

2. Goa For Summer Vacation

Apart from the fascinating beaches, Goa is famous for scenic beauty, a great dose of adventure, a kind touch of heritage and mesmerizing cultural insights. If you are not sporting enough, you can lay back on the beach, wrapped in sunscreen, sipping fresh coconut water and reading a book. Running on the sand of sun kissed beaches with lapping waves and fresh smell of turquoise blue water is an exhilarating experience in itself.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • A host of water sports awaits you! Sea rides, dolphin spotting, day cruise, snorkelling, jet skiing, para-sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, knee and wake boarding, speed boat, and scuba diving
  • Goa is a paradise of beaches, some of them are Vagator, Calangute, Anjuna, Baga, Morgim, Bogmalo, Majorda, Colva, Agonda, Palolem, Mandrem and Varca Beaches. Some luxurious hotels have their own stretch of beaches so you can have your own private beach time
  • Enjoy fresh seafood from beach shacks listening to live music
  • Do take some time to visit ancient churches and shop around printed clothes


A number of budget resorts provide rooms starting from Rs.1200 per night.

3. Jim Corbett National Park

This place is widely known for frequent spotting of tigers and has also featured in the film “Kaal”. Jim Corbett Park has its own thrill and wilderness which is incomparable.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Kids could be thrilled with the unusual experience of elephant safari, jeep safari and horse safari
  • Forest rest houses organize camps. The hotels and resorts also arrange a myriad of activities ranging from setting camps, bonfire and adventurous activities


Rooms start from Rs. 1300

4. Kaziranga National Park

Time for some family adventure! Ideal for nature lovers and staying away from hustle and bustle of the city. Famous for spotting one-horned Rhino, turtles and minivets.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Night safaris and Elephant safari
  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Hotels and resorts organize several excursions and activities
  • Jorhat and Panbari Reserve Forest are nearby attractions


Economical, yet, hygienic lodges managed by Assam Tourism Development Cooperation provides room from Rs.900 onwards. Howver, in the case these are not available, other resorts and lodges starting from Rs.1500 onwards are also available.

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<li><b>Nainital:</b> This serene hill station boasts a bountiful of picturesque scenarios and plenty of attractions for kids and adult alike.<b> Activities and Places to Visit: </b>
<li>Have the pleasures of boating, yachting</li>
<li>Visit Band Stand, Chat Market and Bhotia Market for food and fun</li>
<li>Enjoy the tranquillity of Naini Lake and shop on the Mall road</li>
<li>Governor's House is another attraction. Huge complex comprising of swimming pool and garden. Jhandidhar Modi Heights and Munshi heights must also be visited</li>
<li>All kids would love to go to the Nainital Zoo</li>
<li>Ropeway in Snow View. Hire ponies from Snow View and reach Naina Peak to watch beautiful Snow clad Himalayan ranges</li>
<li>Want some shopping? Buy woollen garments, aromatic candles and wood souvenirs</li>
<li>Kids will also love you for a visit to the Astronomical Observatory, Kilbury, Bhowali, Kainchi Dham and Bhimtal are a few nearby attractions</li>
<p><b>Accommodation:</b> Rooms available from Rs. 1500 onwards</li>
<li><b>Kerala:</b> Kerela is famous for beaches, authentic food, backwaters and the panoramic view with palm trees.<b> Activities and Places to Visit: </b>
<li>Water sports: rafting, canoeing or simply enjoying the houseboat. You can also laze around in beaches like Kovalam, Alappuzha,  Bekal, Varkala</li>
<li>Kids can watch elephant shows at Thekaddy elephant junction. A host of cultural shows are always running in Kerela</li>
<li>If kids are bus you can indulge in a variety of ayurvedic massages</li>
<li>Take the kids to visit tea plantations. You can also try trekking</li>
<li>Enjoy Backwaters: Alappuzha, Kozhikode, Kochi, Kolliam, Kumarakom</li>
<li>Hill stations: Munnar and Devikulum</li>
<li>Wildlife sanctuaries: Periyar, Wayanad and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary</li>
<li>If kids are interested in history, take them to visit the East Fort, Bekal Fort and Pallak Fort</li>
<li>Shop for souvenirs, traditional handicrafts, wooden carvings, conch shells</li>
<p><b>Accommodation:</b> Hotels can be booked from Rs.1400 onwards though home stays from Rs. 1000 are also available.</li>
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5. Darjeeling For Summer Vaction

The jack of holiday and queen of summers.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Toy train ride from Darjeeling to Kurseong/jalpaiguri enjoy the sheer landscape beauties on this 70 km long journey
  • Rock gardens and waterfalls are sure places to get selfies
  • Tiger hill peak to enjoy the beautiful experience of watching sunrise in tranquillity
  • A cable car ride from Darjeeling – Rangit is something your kids will look forward to
  • Ghoom Monastery, Dali Monastery, Tamang Ghumba and Aloobari Monastery can help your kid acquaint with the north eastern culture
  • Garg World Amusement Park – yes, the kids will love it
  • Other attractions: The Ava Art Gallery, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, Botanical Garden, Scrubbery Park, Red Panda Breeding Farm, Himalayan Zoo and Dhirdham Temple Mirik lake and Himalayan Zoological Park
  • Do try the sweet dumplings and mouth-watering momos


Rooms start from Rs.1500 onwards

6. Pachmari

The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh surrounded by magnificent Satpura range. You can send your kids for mountaineering or trekking day camps whilst you can go for a leisure walk or on trails surrounded by water and greenery.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Maradeo Hills
  • Take your kids to fascinating Jatashankar and Pandav caves to know more about caves with religious history
  • Satpura National Park. Handi Khoh, Apsara Vihar, Dhoopgarh are few other attractions atop winding hills


Rooms start from Rs.1300 onwards

7. Mussoorie

Relax in the nature’s lap gazing at the ups and downs of valleys, spotted with lakes and waterfalls.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Cable car to Gun Hill: Enjoy the panoramic view of Mussoorie from height
  • Kempty falls: Carry the swim seat, buy pool balls and play frisbee under cool Kempty Falls
  • Cloud End and Lal Tibba are other attractions here
  • Shop for souvenirs at Mall Road
  • Ranikhet: Just 63 km away, this is another ideal destination. Here, you can go trekking, camping in the forest and can also enjoy traditional Kumaoni cusisine


Rooms available from Rs. 900 onwards.

Family enjoying a vacation

8. Manali

Manali is a destinationvery famous destination not only for honeymooners, is also reserves fragrant fruit orchards, ice-clad peaks, steep cliffs, picturesque landscape with pine trees and snow-covered hotel cottages for your children as well.

Activities and Places to Visit:

  • Paragliding, river rafting, mountain trekking, ice skiing – Manali Mountaineering Institute provides basic training in these along with water sports
  • Rahala water falls: Enjoy picnic with the beauty of nature
  • Solang Valley – An awesome spot to watch glaciers, snow-clad peaks and enjoy snow skiing
  • Vashisht Hot Water springs and temples, Arjuna Caves, Jagatsukh, Tibetan Monastery and Hadimba temple are other must see attractions
  • Manali Club House: After spending the day sight-seeing club house is a decent way to relax and let your kids enjoy indoor sports
  • Kullu is just 40 km away from Manali, which is again a delightful tourist destination. The place is also famous for adventure sports, temples, wildlife sanctuaries and selling Kashmiri products
  • Manali Mall road is the place to shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs


Rooms start from Rs. 700 onwards

Your kid wants to run free in open spaces, splash in cool waves, and indulge in adventurous activities. Keeping this in mind while choosing a destination for summer holidays. Also, consider the scenic beauty and varied cuisines, you can give above options to your kid and select a perfect family holiday destination. Book hotels in advance. Also, never forget to pack the swimming suit and sunscreen! So pack your bags, get ready to unwind and chill!

Find out how to plan a summer vacation with a toddler here


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