Top 5 Holiday Destinations in India for a Summer Trip with Family


You need to consider several factors to ensure an enjoyable and memorable family vacation experience in Indian summers. You will need to discuss with your family, especially the young ones, to understand their preferences and interests. Factors like climate, activities, accommodations, and budget will affect the length of the trip for the family.

Also, research the family-friendly destinations in India that offer a range of activities suitable for different age groups. Destinations like Shimla, Manali, and Munnar are known for their scenic beauty, cultural attractions, adventure sports, and wildlife experiences.

Family-friendly attractions like amusement parks, water parks, zoos, nature reserves, historical sites, and recreational facilities make your vacation fulfilling.

Here at CMT we pay special attention to your accommodation options and offer only the family-friendly resorts, hotels, or vacation rentals. So that your vacation remains stress-free and rewarding for the family.

From serene hill stations to exotic beaches, here are the top five family travel destinations with a promise of fun-filled memories with your loved ones:

  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Ideal Duration: 3-5 days

Shimla holds a special place among the popular summer destinations in India. Imagine crisp mountain air filling your lungs, vibrant colours painting the streets, and the echoes of laughter dancing through the hills. Here is what makes Shimla a perfect fun-filled family getaway:

Daytime Delights

  • Mall Magic: Stroll along the iconic Mall Road, a bustling avenue teeming with colourful shops, charming cafes, and street performers. Kids will be mesmerized by the toy train chugging by, while you browse for souvenirs and indulge in local treats.


  • Nature’s Playground: Embark on an adventure to Kufri, a picture-perfect hill station. Ride majestic horses or cuddly yaks, leaving behind happy giggles and unforgettable memories.
  • Himalayan Hideaway: Take a toy train ride to Tara Devi, offering breath-taking views of the Himalayas. The serene temple provides a spiritual touch, while a picnic lunch amidst the verdant hills becomes a bonding experience for the whole family.


  • History Haunts: Explore the grandeur of the Viceregal Lodge, a majestic colonial mansion whispering tales of the past. Interactive exhibits will spark your children’s imagination, while the sprawling gardens offer a picturesque break.

Evening Enchantment

  • Glowing Glory: As dusk paints the sky, witness the Ridge transform into a kaleidoscope of lights. Families gather for hot pakoras and steaming cups of chai, sharing stories, and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.


  • Puppet Fiesta: Watch traditional Himachali puppet shows come alive with vibrant characters and lively music. Your kids will be captivated by the storytelling and might even get a chance to peek behind the curtain!
  • Bonfire Bliss: Gather around a crackling bonfire at your hotel, roasting marshmallows and singing along to heart-warming songs. This cosy experience fosters connection and creates lasting memories for everyone.

Beyond the Obvious

  • Jakhu Temple Trek: Embark on a challenging yet rewarding hike to Jakhu Temple, offering stunning panoramic views and a chance to encounter playful monkeys along the way.


  • Ice Skating Shenanigans: Glide across the ice rink at the Gaiety Theatre, leaving behind squeals of laughter and memories of winter wonderlands.

Visit to Chail

Chail is a small town located on the ring road connecting all the small villages and towns around Shimla. Chail sports a small market and peaceful evening stay for visitors. While there, you can visit the Gurudwara and walk to the cricket ground located in the cantonment area.

Spending a night in Chail away from the hustle of the main Shimla town will recharge your adventure spirit and you can leave for the next town.

Visit to Narkanda & Hatu Peek Climb

Narkanda is another short excursion from Shimla and hosts several forest camps away from the city. The town also have several good and budget hotels for stay if you do not like to spend a night in the middle of the forest. 

However, the Hatu Peak (3400 metres) trek from Narkanda is highly recommended. You can also rent a vehicle for Hatu Peak visit. On a cloudless day, you can observe the snow-clad mountains hiding Spiti Valley.

CMT Recommendations:

  • Pack layers, as Shimla’s weather can be unpredictable.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are necessary for exploring the hills.
  • Do not forget to bargain at the Mall Road shops!
  • Be mindful of monkeys and keep your belongings secure.

Shimla promises an experience that transcends sightseeing. It is a tapestry woven with nature’s beauty, historical echoes, and cultural charm, ensuring your family vacation becomes a treasure trove of joy, laughter, and unforgettable moments.

  1. Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Ideal Duration: 3-5 days

Imagine lush emerald hills, fragrant tea plantations, and a cool mist swirling around you. Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, promises a symphony of experiences that will leave your family wanting more.

Here is what awaits you:

Nature’s Embrace

  • Boat Ride on Ooty Lake: Glide across the serene Ooty Lake, surrounded by vibrant gardens and majestic hills. Watch colourful paddleboats dot the water, creating a picture-perfect moment.
  • Toy Train Adventure: Embark on a nostalgic journey aboard the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The chugging engine, breathtaking sceneries, and tunnels will leave your kids wide-eyed with wonder.
  • Coonoor Conquest: Take a day trip to Coonoor, another hill station offering stunning views and exciting activities like boating on Dolphin’s Nose and trekking through Sim’s Park.

Family Fun

  • Rose Garden Ramble: Immerse yourselves in the vibrant colours and sweet fragrance of the Government Rose Garden, boasting over 20,000 rose varieties.
  • Wax Museum Marvels: Step into a world of wax figures at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, where the bizarre and curious come alive. Be prepared for endless “wows” and “did you know?” questions from your kids!
  • Chocolatey Delights: Ooty is synonymous with homemade chocolates! Indulge in a variety of flavours at local shops like Nilgiri’s and Charring Cross, creating sweet memories you will cherish.

Historical Touches

  • Botanical Garden Beauty: Explore the sprawling Botanical Gardens, established in 1847, highlighting diverse flora and fauna from around the world. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a relaxing afternoon amidst nature’s bounty.


  • Raj Bhavan Grandeur: Witness the architectural marvel of Raj Bhavan, the former summer residence of the British governors. Its colonial charm and manicured gardens offer a glimpse into the past.

Beyond the Usual

  • Horse Riding Bliss: Gallop through the scenic Ooty meadows on horseback, feeling the wind in your hair and the thrill of adventure.
  • Tribal Village Visit: Get a glimpse into the local Toda tribal culture by visiting their villages and learning about their unique traditions and crafts.
  • Stargazing Extravaganza: Escape the city lights and witness the dazzling night sky from Doddabetta Peak, the highest point in Tamil Nadu.

CMT Recommendations:

  • Pack warm clothes as the weather can get chilly, especially in the evenings.
  • Comfortable shoes are essential for exploring the hills.
  • Carry an umbrella or raincoat during monsoon season (July-September).
  • Try local delicacies like Toda curry and fish biryani.

Ooty is more than just a destination. It is an experience that will weave itself into your family’s tapestry of memories. Your CMT family vacation package for Ooty will ensure you make the most of this amazing place. So, get your CMT Plan for Ooty and discover the magic of the Queen of Hills.

  1. Munnar, Kerala

Ideal Duration: 3-5 days

Munnar, the “Kashmir of South India,” offers a symphony of experiences for your family holiday in Kerala. Your CMT family vacation package for Munnar will bring verdant hills, fragrant tea plantations, cascading waterfalls, and unique cultural encounters this summer:

Nature’s Embrace in Munnar

  • Tea Trail Treasure Hunt: Embark on a jeep safari through sprawling tea plantations, breathing in the fresh air and witnessing breath-taking landscapes. Kids can play hide-and-seek amidst the vibrant greenery, creating memories as unique as the Munnar mist.
  • Echo Point Antics: Stand at Echo Point and shout to your heart’s content, watching the sound reverberate across the valleys. Fun laughter and silly echoes will guarantee smiles all around.
  • Waterfall Wonders: Hike to cascading waterfalls like Attukadu and Cheeyappara, where the cool mist and refreshing showers promise an escape from the summer heat. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a scenic feast amidst nature’s embraces.


Family Fun Activities in Munnar

  • Boating Bliss: Glide across Kundala Lake, surrounded by rolling hills and vibrant wildflowers. Spot birds chirping in the trees and witness serene sunrises that will paint the sky in magical hues.
  • Imagine Valley Magic: Step into the world of illusions at the Imagine Valley theme park, where optical illusions and funhouse mirrors will tickle your family’s funny bone. Do not forget to capture hilarious photos!
  • Elephant Encounter: Visit a rehabilitation centre and learn about the majestic Asian elephants. Offer them fruits and observe their gentle nature, creating a heart-warming experience for everyone.

Cultural Tapestry of Kerala

  • Spice Market Aromas: Wander through the aromatic Munnar Spice Market, exploring colourful stalls overflowing with spices like cardamom, cloves, and pepper. Discover traditional spices used in Kerala cuisine and learn about their medicinal properties.
  • Kathakali Capers: Witness a mesmerising Kathakali dance performance, featuring vibrant costumes, elaborate makeup, and expressive storytelling through dance and music. The experience will be a window into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.


  • Tribal Village Visit: Visit a local tribal village and learn about their unique way of life. Witness traditional crafts, taste authentic cuisine, and gain a deeper understanding of Kerala’s diverse cultural tapestry.

Beyond the Usual – Unique Getaways in Munnar

  • Paragliding Adventure: Soar through the skies above Munnar with a paragliding experience, offering breath-taking panoramic views of the hills and valleys. This adrenaline rush will create unforgettable memories for the adventurous souls in your family.
  • Plantation Stay Immersion: Immerse yourselves in the life of a tea estate by staying at a plantation homestay. Watch tea plucking, visit factories, and savour home-cooked meals, giving you a taste of authentic Munnar life.
  • Flower Show Dazzling: Visit the renowned Munnar Flower Show during peak season (January-May) and be mesmerized by the vibrant display of exotic flowers, orchids, and bonsai trees. It is a feast for the eyes and a celebration of nature’s beauty.

CMT Recommendations

  • Pack comfortable shoes and rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Savour the local cuisine, known for its use of spices and fresh ingredients.
  • Bring your camera to capture the scenic beauty and unique experiences.

Your Munnar tour package is an invitation to connect with nature, explore culture, and create lasting memories with your family. So, in the spirit of adventure, grab your family vacation package and experience the magic of “God’s Own Country”!

  1. Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas in Arunachal Pradesh, promises an unforgettable family adventure unlike any other. Imagine towering snow-capped peaks, vibrant Buddhist monasteries, ancient ruins, and a unique cultural tapestry that will leave you breathless.

Here is a glimpse into the experiences awaiting you with a CMT family tour package:

Spiritual Sojourn in Tawang

  • Monastery Marvels: Explore the colossal Tawang Monastery, the second largest Buddhist monastery in the world. Immerse yourselves in the serene atmosphere, witness intricate murals and ancient scriptures, and learn about Buddhist traditions.


  • Lungar Blessings: Share a meal with monks at the monastery’s “lungar,” a communal kitchen offering free meals to all. This experience fosters cultural understanding and teaches valuable lessons about compassion and generosity.
  • Gompa Exploration: Embark on a journey to smaller gompas (monasteries) like Urgelling Monastery and Mukutlung Monastery, each offering unique architectural styles and spiritual significance.

Nature’s Playground in Tawang

  • Madhuri Lake Magic: Take a scenic drive to Madhuri Lake, a mesmerizing blue gem surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride, soak in the breath-taking views, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Waterfall Wonders: Hike to the cascading Tawang Falls, where the cool mist and the roar of the water create a refreshing escape. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch amidst the natural beauty.
  • Yak Ride Ruckus: Embark on a unique adventure by riding a yak, a furry and gentle creature native to the Himalayas. This experience is not only fun but also offers a glimpse into the local lifestyle.

Cultural Tapestry of Arunachal

  • Golden Namgyal Festival: If your trip coincides with the vibrant Golden Namgyal Festival, witness masked dances, traditional music performances, and colourful prayer flags adorning the town. This cultural immersion will leave you mesmerized.
  • Tawang Craft Market: Explore the vibrant Tawang Craft Market, overflowing with handwoven carpets, colourful textiles, and intricate jewellery made by local artisans. Support the local community and find unique souvenirs to cherish.
  • Monpa Village Visit: Immerse yourselves in the unique culture of the Monpa tribe by visiting a local village. Learn about their traditions, try their delicious cuisine, and witness their way of life.

Beyond the Usual in Tawang

  • Bumla Pass Thrills: Take a day trip to the high-altitude Bumla Pass, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas and a glimpse into the border region. This adventurous journey is sure to leave an impression.


  • Hot Spring Rejuvenation: Soak in the naturally heated waters of the Gyangster Hot Springs, a natural geyser known for its therapeutic properties. Relax and rejuvenate after your explorations.

CMT Recommendations

  • Acclimatize to the high altitude by taking it slow and drinking plenty of water.
  • Obtain Inner Line Permits (ILPs) well in advance for traveling to Tawang.
  • Respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Pack warm clothes as the weather can be chilly, especially in the evenings.

Tawang is the experience that will connect you with nature, spirituality, and a unique culture. The memories you create in the “Land of Monpas” with your family will stay with you for a lifetime. Explore Tawang tour package for your family’s summer getaway at CMT for more.

  1. Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar, nestled amidst the lush Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra, offers a delightful experience for your family holiday this summer. Imagine cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, historical sites, and a vibrant strawberry scene waiting to be explored.

Here is why you should consider Mahabaleshwar for your family vacation package this year:

Nature’s Embrace

  • Boating Bliss: Sail across the serene waters of Venna Lake, taking in the scenic beauty of surrounding hills and enjoying a delightful boat ride. Rent paddleboats, rowboats, or motorboats for different experiences.
  • Waterfall Wonders: Hike to the majestic Lingmala Falls or Dhom Dam Falls, where the gushing water and cool mist create a refreshing escape. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a scenic feast amidst nature’s embraces.
  • Echo Point Delights: Stand at Echo Point and shout your message, listening as it reverberates across the valley. This fun activity will ignite laughter and playful chaos, creating lasting memories for your family.


Family Fun

  • Boating & Bites at Arthur’s Seat: Take a funicular ride up to Arthur’s Seat, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Explore the park, enjoy boat rides on Lake Arthur, and savour delicious snacks from local vendors.
  • Strawberry Picking Adventure: Visit a strawberry farm during peak season (November-March) and embark on a fun berry-picking adventure. Pick fresh, juicy strawberries directly from the fields and indulge in this delightful treat.
  • Go Karting Thrills: Get your adrenaline pumping at a go-karting track, where kids and adults alike can enjoy some friendly competition and exciting races.

Historical Touches

  • Pratapgad Fort Exploration: Delve into history by exploring the majestic Pratapgad Fort, known for its strategic location and role in Maratha history. Wander through the ramparts, witness breath-taking views, and learn about the fort’s intriguing past.


  • Shivaji’s Coronation Site: Visit the Rajgad Fort, where Chhatrapati Shivaji, the Maratha warrior king, was coronated in 1674. Imagine the historical significance of this site as you explore its ruins and soak in the panoramic views.

Beyond the Usual

  • Needlehole Point Marvels: Witness the fascinating natural phenomenon of Needlehole Point, where a small hole in a rock formation creates an inverted image of the valley below. This unique sight is sure to leave you amazed.
  • Boating on Mahabaleshwar River: Embark on a boat ride on the Mahabaleshwar River, gliding through scenic landscapes and witnessing diverse birdlife. This serene experience is a perfect way to unwind and connect with nature.
  • Wilson Dam Beauty: Visit the Wilson Dam, the oldest concrete gravity dam in India. Admire its architectural significance and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

CMT Recommendations:

  • Pack comfortable shoes and rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.
  • Savour the local cuisine, known for its use of fresh and seasonal ingredients.
  • Bring your camera to capture the scenic beauty and unique experiences.

Mahabaleshwar can be more than just a family-friendly destination. It offers a blend of nature, history, and adventure for the young and the adults alike. So, embrace the spirit of adventure this summer, and secure your CMT family vacation package for the “Queen of Deccan Plateau”!

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