Once kids are over the age of five, the official watching years are over. Kids this age have longer attention spans, making it a good idea to include a road trip in your itinerary. Here’s a list of places to visit in or around Bangalore with your kids, sorted according to the child’s temperament.
For The Silent Observer:
By this age, the silent observer has made it clear that he doesn’t care much for all the running around and noise that comes with a large crowd. They’d enjoy quieter getaways more.
1. Gonakal Homestay, Chikmagalur:
Chikmagalur is a five-hour drive from Bangalore. We’d pick Gonakal because it is a 360-year-old remodelled house with vast open spaces where you can hike. Tucked away amid coffee plantations, it is a great option for you to unwind, while your kid plays with the plethora of animals on their estate. Carry some treats for their guard dog that will follow you and ‘protect’ you on your long, lazy walks.
Address: Thogarihankal Post, Tarikere Road, Chikmagalur, Karnataka-577101
Phone no. +91 8277177770
2. Hotel Lakeview, Ooty:
The Lakeview hotel is situated on the valley side, where you can wake up each morning to uninterrupted views of the clouds. Kids will enjoy watching horses at the derby and taking the toy train from Ooty to Coonor. Ooty also has a rich history and every street has shops that sell homemade chocolates, making the market an ideal visit with the kids.
Address: West Lake Road, Ooty, Tamil Nadu 643004
Phone no. 0423 244 0978
This one needs no introduction. It is a great place to spend half a day learning about the universe that surrounds us.
Address: Sri T. Choudaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore
Phone no. 080 2226 6084
For The Active Child:
You’ve spent many days (and nights) wondering how to calm this child down, but you know that you’d never want it any other way. These places are just for him/ her.
1. Bheemeshwari Adventure And Nature Camp:
Bheemeshwari is the ideal mix of laid-back relaxation and activity. A trip to the camp site is very educational, as is a wildlife safari. If you’re looking to burn some calories, try out the coracle ride, rope walking, trekking, and ziplining. The best part is that it is only a hundred kilometres from Bangalore!
Address: Bheemeshwari, Byadarahalli Post Halgur Hobli, Malavalli Taluk, Mandya District Around Bangalore - 571 421
Phone no. 08231-694248
2. Vana Resorts, Bangalore:
The reason we picked this resort is because of the sheer number of activities they have- a kids play area, a zorbing facility, lands for trekking and hiking, a swimming pool and a variety of indoor and outdoor games. If you’re still not tired, you can take a walk on their organic farm- a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about sustainable agriculture.
Address: No.26, 12th Cross Begur Road, Hongasandra, Bangalore – 560 068
Phone no. 080 40952639
3. Play Arena:
With options such as paintball, laser tag and a variety of outdoor games, rest assured that your kid will come back from here very exhausted but very happy.
Address: Central Jail Road, Opposite Silverwood Regency Apartments, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560035
Phone no. +91 99000 99911
With the many long weekends this year just starting, we hope you have loads of fun at one of these places!