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7 Places to Introduce Your Kids to the Wild Side of India

7 Places to Introduce Your Kids to the Wild Side of India HolidayIQ

With the holiday season lurking in the shadows till the arrival of summer, it’s the perfect time to plan a vacation with your kids. The summer also ushers in the best wildlife viewing season of the country. Take your kids out on a different type of holiday which will give them stories to tell their friends when they return. Give them an education of a different kind. 

7 Places to Introduce Your Kids to the Wild Side of India:

  1. Ranthambore (Rajasthan)
  2. Corbett (Uttarakhand)
  3. Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Dalhousie (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Kabini (Karnataka)
  5. Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar (Kerala)
  6. Wayanad (Kerala)
  7. Mudumalai (Masinagudi) (Tamil Nadu)

1. Spot a tiger at Ranthambore

Spot a tiger at Ranthambore
source: Faisal Rizvi, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Noida travelled to Ranthambore in 2013

Sudha tells HolidayIQ, "Ranthambore national park is one of the most famous places to see tigers in their natural habitat. One can see many beautiful birds and other wild animals like jackal, hyena, boars and crocodiles in lakes. The ride on the open Gypsy is a great experience. Nice way to see the nature"

Sudha also suggests visiting the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History during your trip with kids because "the place is very informative. Kids get knowledge about the wild life of the Ranthambore national park. Museum houses some creative work done by kids also." 

Ashok suggests that you "plan one day for sightseeing of national park and fort with Ganesh temple. If you have to see tiger then plan March to June month. In this period you can easily spot near water sources"

Best way to reach Ranthambore: 

The closest airport is at Jaipur, 180 km from Ranthambore. 

2. Land of much folklore, Corbett

Land of much folklore, Corbett
source: Rajinder Prasad, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Delhi visited Corbett in 2013

Named after the legendary Jim Corbett, This collage of landscapes is a treat for the wildlife enthusiast. Grasslands engage large herbivores in their daily feeding rituals, dense woodlands are a sanctuary for the breeding wildlife. The river Kosi adds to the vibrancy of the place. With around 170 tigers, Corbett is an excellent place to see tigers in their natural habitat.

Milind Kumar tells HolidayIQ, “The Corbett National Park is really thrilling and adventurous. The open gypsy safari was really adventurous. We could see huge number of spotted deer. We met a group of seven wild elephants and a huge tusker. It was from a distance of about 50 feet. The unforgettable experience was with a tigress when she crossed the road at a distance of 8 feet from our open gypsy. “

Milind also suggests a visit to the Corbett Museum, "the museum is good with the inputs on the flora and fauna of the Corbett National Park and its history." Mohit adds, "Children can enjoy themselves tremendously. Do visit it."

Best way to reach Corbett: 

The closest domestic airport is at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar 50 km away. New Delhi airport, 260 km away, is the closest well-connected international airport. 

The nearest railhead is 66km away at Kathgodam. 

3. Himalayan wilderness at Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary

source: Vikas Ojha, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Gurgaon visited Kalatop this year

Located 10 km from Dalhousie, Kalatop is a wildlife sanctuary is the best place for experiencing diverse flora and fauna of Khajjar, Himachal Pradesh. This sanctuary is home to pristine coniferous and oak forests and river Ravi flows through it.  Wild animals that you can spot here include leopards, bears, Himalayan black martens, squirrels, jackals and langurs.

HolidayIQ reviewer Sumesh says, "Clad amidst huge Conifers and Deodars, a walk through the Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary provides an insight into the exemplary beauty of Himalayan forests." Shika adds, "in the sanctuary area there are trekking trails both at Kalatop and Khajjiar. We saw Serow and black bear there."

HolidayIQ reviewer Pankaj, describes his family trip by saying, "My trip was best over there, the whole group of four families enjoyed a lot. Kids are so happy & wanna go there always."

Best way to reach Kalatop: 

The nearest airport is the Gaggal airport, about 116km away. 

The nearest railway station to Kalatop is in Pathankot, 85km away. 

4. Serene wild backwaters at Kabini

Serene wild backwaters at Kabini
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source: Manoj Sharma, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Bangalore visited Kabini in 2011

HolidayIQ reviewer Sunil says, Kabini is located on the backwaters and a wonderful place to relax. A boat ride in the backwaters is a must. Take a ride into the jungle and try to spot wild animals. Elephant training camp, safari ride and visit the old temple in the island from the resort are a few must do activities."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rohan adds, "I visited Kabini with family and had a truly wild life experience.One of the best experience in Kabini is the safari and wildlife adventure. Its a once in a lifetime experience. Food was simply amazing. A recommended place for wildlife enthusiast." 

Best way to get to Kabini: 

Bangalore airport, 208 km away, is the most convenient transit to Kabini. 

Mysore railway station is just 80 km from Kabini. 


5. The endemic Thar at Rajamalai National Park

The endemic Thar at Rajamalai National Park
source: Anand Murugesan, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Chennai visited Rajamalai in 2011

Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park is situated about 15 km away from Munnar. This is the natural habitat of highly endangered species of mountain goats called Nilgiri Tahr or Nilgiri Ibex

HolidayIQ reviewer Tony says,"Rajamalai, famous for the endangered Wild Goat, Nilgiri Tahr, is an amazing place to see. The breathtaking view and close proximity of the rare species is an unforgettable experience." While Nitin adds, "It was brilliantly maintained national park, rarest rare species of plants as well as wild animals and superb atmosphere. Nice jungle safari, lush greenery around, this place definitely does not fail to rejuvenate you and recommended."

HolidayIQ reviewer Praveen adds, "The wildlife sanctuary was very good location to view. The place is good for kids to enjoy very much and to have fun." 

Best way to reach Rajamalai: 

The nearest airport to Rajamalai is Kochi, which is about 135 kilometers away. 

The nearest railway station to Rajamalai is Aluva which is about 115 kilometers away.

6. Paradise in the Western Ghats, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Paradise in the Western Ghats, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
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source: Faisel Nilgiris, HolidayIQ reviewer, from Kozhikode visited Wayanad in 2014

Wayanad is surrounded by protected biosphere areas, including the Muthanga and Wayanad wildlife sanctuaries. This biosphere is home to the endangered vulture, tiger, black leopards and elephants among other endemic species of flora and fauna.  

HolidayIQ explorer Senthil says, "We had a great safari. We were able to see herds of elephants and deer during the safari. I would recommend the morning safari at 6.30 am, as it is the best time to see animals. We also saw lot of birds in their natural habitat."

HolidayIQ reviewer Shailendra suggests, "So many wild animals is there to see, you can go there along with your kids. Kids will definitely enjoy the trip."

Best way to get to Wayanad: 

The nearest airport from Wayanad is the Calicut International Airport in Kozhikode, 90 km away. 

The nearest railway station is Nilambur Road, 55 km away. 

7. Wilds on the foot of the Nilgiris, Mudumalai

Wilds on the foot of the Nilgiris, Mudumalai
source: Shinto K Anto, HolidayIQ reviewer from Thrissur visited Mudumalai in 2015

Narayanan, HolidayIQ reviewer, says, "Mudumalai  is a good location to enjoy wildlife, we stayed in two different resort located inside the forest where you can see elephants coming very near and also we can experience the chase between animals. We saw many deer, elephants, peacocks, wild fox, etc. It was a very awesome trip and my whole family enjoyed it." Ananth adds, "The kids enjoyed the sanctuary as they watched it for the first time." 

Krish, HolidayIQ reviewer from Bangalore, recommends that the Theppakadu Elephant Camp is a nice place to take kids because,"the Tamil Nadu Forest department has kept some 10 Elephants which they feed at around 6 pm everyday. It is nice to watch the quantity of food being prepared and given to the elephants." 

Best way to get to Mudumalai: 

The nearest airport is in Coimbatore,160 Kms away from Mudumalai.

The scenic railway station at Ooty is just 65 km away. 

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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