kerala with a child
Replies: 6 - Last Post: May 7, 2013 12:11 AM Last Post By: Bijumuriath
Mar 20, 2013 2:13 AM
kerala with a childHallo, first sorry for my poor english!
I will travel with my husband and our girl aged 9 in Kerala for 3 weeks in august 2013.
I will came back to India after 10 years absence and I know I will notice many changes!!
From 1985 to 1999 I used be in India every year for a long stay.
Now for the first time I will be there with a child and this sound very new for me. I ask some suggestion what to do with my daughter, me and my husband would share our love to India with her. I know that Kerala now is very into ayurvedic and yoga stuff but I think for a child this must sound a little boring...
So I really wait for your tips. Thank you very much!!!
Edited by: ushabehen
Mar 20, 2013 8:36 PM
Mar 21, 2013 2:16 AM
2Hallo, thank you for replay; I'm been in Kerala near 15 years ago. I know better North. My previous trips to India were always around ashrams. I have study Hindi and Sanskrit at the University but now I forgot a lot. It's the first time with my daughter so I'm looking for something that she can like. Maybe there is some special stuff to do with child...
Mar 21, 2013 4:34 AM
3you will be there at the tail end of monsoons, so beaches for swimming won't be too good.
You have ample time for a leisurely look around.
A popular route to take with a car & driver is something along these lines,
Cochin(Fort Kochi) 2nghts - Head for Munnar 3 nights (stopping on the way at Kodanand for elephant washing in river in mornings) - Thekady / Kumily (periyar wildlife park) 2nghts - Allepey backwater area, 1 nght Houseboat ? 3 nghts Homestay - Varkala 2nghts - Trivandrum (Zoo) + Kovalam + Kanyakumari (3nghts total) back to Trivandrum / Cochin for departure.
Because of the time of year you will be there (low season) accom prices and houseboat price should be reasonable.. Pretty sure your kid and yourselves for that matter will also find the Countryboat half day cruise whilst in Allepey backwater area is really interesting.
Also whilst in Cochin either at the start or at the end of your trip you may also want to consider the half/full day backwater tours which is supposed to be very good for what they charge.
If you require some reccomendations for Homestay style accom please do let me know.
There are also a few beach places in and near Allepey(Marari Beach) I can suggest if you like, eventhough the swimming is not reccomended at that time of year some beach walking could be nice, these places will also depend on your budget.
Mar 23, 2013 1:14 PM
Mar 30, 2013 9:08 PM
5By middle of August, the heavy rains would be over. But, the sea will remain rough and beaches with black sand.
have an overnight stay in houseboat in Alleppey
See wild elephants in Parambikulam Tiger reserve,
Have an Ox cart drive in Palakkad villages
Witness a temple festival with decorated elephants.
May 7, 2013 12:11 AM
Your daughter can learn Yoga, Classical Dance like Bharathanatyam, Mohiniattam etc as a special case. But it will take few weeks to learn and you have only limited period in India. So better your family can enjoy Beaches in Goa or enjoy the wonderful nature of Palakkad in Kerala.
Goa Beaches are world famous and you can also visit some amazing attractions like fort, temples, museum etc. You can avail beach resorts over there which will be worth to stay. In between, your daughter can learn something like Goan culture.
Palakkad is the best option, if you choose Kerala as Palakkad is blessed with so many wonderful attractions like National Park, Wild Life, Hill Station, Gardens, Lakes, Heritage and Palakkad is also suited for shopping. Your child can learn the preliminary stage of classical music, dance as it will take long time to learn all these. There are so many foreigners used to visit Palakkad to learn the same for a long time.
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