Family vacations in South India
What does responsible travel recommend?
South India is a dream for kids, as there are three coastlines to run along, wonderful railways, silks and spices, rainforest and plenty of elephants. It isn’t all just dusty monuments and ‘sssh, be quiet’ temples, but there are plenty of fun bits to throw into the mix. One of the other great things about South India is that there are plenty of tour operators organising tailor made trips to suit the ages and interests of your family group. Whether it is wildlife watching in Periyar National Park, taking a sleeper train out to the Tamil Nadu coast, kayaking through Kerala’s backwaters, or mountain biking in the Western Ghat Mountains.
ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES IN SOUTH INDIA
WHAT TO DO WITH LITTLE ONES
On a South India homestay, people genuinely love to include you in their everyday lives, whether it is farming, coir making, or teaching you their cooking skills. And South Indians love traditional music, so if you play a transportable instrument, pack it! Or bring a cricket ball – you’ll bond in minutes. Bring a bat and you’ll be friends for life.
Kerala’s network of waterways is a cultural cornucopia and natural nirvana. Travel through them on the popular houseboats, or for a quieter getaway into the ‘back’, backwaters take a kayak. Meet villagers leading their lives along the shores, from toddy tappers to fruit vendors, trek in the forests to see sambar deer or mongoose, or just sit back and go with the flow.
South India family vacation advice
RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL ASKS THE EXPERTS
Rajat Kumar Managing Director of our supplier ExplorIndya, shares his top tips for families visiting India: “We don’t realise as Indians how important vacations are to the typical Western traveler, because it isn’t as important for us. We don’t have vacations in the same way, so we don’t realise how necessary things need to be spelt out and why things shouldn’t be left until the last minute. If you think something isn’t clear, always ask for clarification. Ask more questions, and complain when you need to, be direct and open. That is what Indians would do, and you can’t change the mindset.”
Diana Syrett, Managing Director of one of our top suppliers, Kerala Connections: “The Easter vacations are good for families and August/September is still low season in a lot of the lowlands, but you need to book flights well in advance for that time of year. We used to warn people about the second monsoon, in October/November, but it has virtually fizzled out.”