Weekend Getaways

Get to know about the top family weekend getaways places in India.

Weekend getaways

Traveling for a vacation with kids is a lot different from traveling alone or as a couple. There are several things you have to take into account like: your kid’s age, interests, and energy levels while planning each day meticulously. Else what might have been an enjoyable family trip could very quickly turn into a nightmare.

Advanced planning and research is must to ensure a memorable vacation. Things you must be prepared with:

  • Kid-friendly place to see/visit in your destination city
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • Kid-friendly eateries 
  • Travel options within the city
  • The closest airport/ railway station

In this Chimes Radio podcast, ‘Tiny Travels’, we address some of the most pressing questions from parents for popular tourist locations all across India. You can use these suggestions to plan your weekend getaways with the entire family. So select the city you want to go to next from our episodes list and let us offer a helping hand to plan your time with kids and build a lifetime of memories.

Indian Family Weekend Getaways

Below is the list of family friendly places that you can visit with your kids. Scroll down to find out!

List of Places for Weekend Getaways

24. Aizawl

Capital of: Mizoram

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round mild, sub-tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city translates to “wild cardamom field,” a term that dates back to the days of the great Mizo chiefs

How to reach: By Air: Lengpui Airport, By Rail: Silchar is the nearest railway station

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Durtlang Hills
  • Reiek
  • Vantwang Falls
  • Mizoram State Museum
  • Solomon’s Temple

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23. Imphal

Capital of: Manipur

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from “Yum” and “Phal” where yum means house and phal means plenty or beautiful

How to reach: By Air: Imphal Airport, By Rail:  Lower Haflong , Haflong Hill

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Loktak Lake
  • Kangla Fort
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Imphal Valley
  • Snigda Dam

22. Kohima

Capital of: Nagaland

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round subtropical highland climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from “Kewhira”, the village where Kohima town is located

How to reach: By Air: Dimapur Airport, By Rail: Dimapur Railway

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Hills

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Nagaland State Museum
  • Japfu Peak & Dzukou Valley
  • Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Touphema Village
  • Sakhrie Park
  • Shilloi Lake

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21. Itanagar

Capital of: Arunachal Pradesh

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round sub tropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Assamese word, “Ita” meaning “brick”. The city name means “Fort of Bricks”

How to reach: By Air: Lilabari Airport, North Lakhimpur, By Rail: Harrmoty railway station, By  Road: Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Guwahati can be reached from Itanagar by road. Car services are available

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Ita Fort
  • Gompa Monastery
  • Ganga Market
  • Ganga Lake
  • State Zoo

20. Guawahati

Capital of: Assam

Location: North-East India

Climate: humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Assamese words “Guwa” meaning areca nut and “Haat” meaning market

How to reach: By rail: Guwahati Railway Station, By Air: Gopinath Bordoloi Airport

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Museums, Aquarium, Boat Tours, Amusement parks

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Kamakhya Temple
  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Assam State Botanical Garden
  • Dipor Bill
  • Guwahati Planetarium

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19. Gangtok

Capital of: Sikkim

Location: North-East India

Climate: a year-round mild temperate climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from Tibetan Language meaning “Top of the Hill”

How to reach: Car rental available at Bagdogra Airport as well as  in New Jalpaiguri station for Gangtok

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Aquarium, Hills

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Tsomgo Lake 
  • M.G. Marg
  • Nathu La Pass (Kids who are under 5 years old are not allowed to visit Nathu La Pass because of its elevation of 14400 ft and kids may face breathing problems at such heights)
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Ganesh Tok 

18. Kolkata

Capital of: West Bengal 

Location: Eastern bank of the Hooghly River

Climate: a year-round  tropical wet-and-dry climate

City Name Origin: Calcutta, the city’s previous name, is an Anglicized version of the Bengali word Kalikata. Kalikata is thought to be derived from the Bengali phrase Kalikshetra, which means “Ground of (the goddess) Kali.”

How to reach: Car rental available at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport or Kolkata Airport at Dumdum

Types of attraction: Museum, Landmarks, Parks, Gardens,

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Victoria Memorial
  • Science City
  • Botanical Garden
  • Birla Planetarium
  • Alipore Zoo

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17. Patna

Capital of: Bihar

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from the word Pattan, meaning ‘port’ in Sanskrit.

How to reach: By Air: Loknayak Jayaprakash Airport, By Rail: Patna Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Zoo, Parks, Waterfalls, Monuments, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Nalanda University Ruins (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Golghar 
  • Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park
  • Srikrishna Science Centre
  • Kumrahar
  • Patna Museum

16. Ranchi

Capital of: Jharkhand

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round humid subtropical climate

City Name Origin: The name of this city comes from previous name of the Oraon village at the same site, Archi meaning bamboo grove or stave. Ranchi is also called “City of Waterfalls”

How to reach: By Air: Birsa Munda Airport, By Rail: Ranchi Road , Ranchi , Hatia , Namkon

Types of attraction: Nature, Waterfall, Garden, Parks, Lakes

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Dasham Falls
  • Jonha Falls
  • Patratru Valley
  • Jagannath Temple
  • Rock garden
  • Tagore Hill
  • Ranchi Lake

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15. Raipur

Capital of: Chhattisgarh

Location: Central India

Climate: a year-round dry and wet tropical climate

City Name Origin: The city got its name after the name after Brahmdeo Rai. The city is also known as “The Rice Bowl of India”

How to reach: By Air: Swami Vivekananda Airport, By Rail: Raipur Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Zoo

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum
  • Urja Park
  • Nandan Van Zoo
  • Ghantarani Waterfalls
  • Vivekananda Sarovar

14. Bhubhaneshwar

Capital of: Odhisha

Location: East India

Climate: a year-round tropical savanna climate. Hot and humid and winter lasts for only about ten weeks

City Name Origin: The city got its name after a name of Shiva. This city is also called “The temple City” of India

How to reach: By Air: Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport, By Rail: Bhubaneswar Railway Station

Types of attraction: Dam, Parks, Temple, Museum

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Lingaraj temple
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Hirakud temple
  • Rajarani Temple
  • Mukteswara temple
  • Nandakanan Zoological park

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13. Hyderabad

Capital of: Telangana

Location: South India

Climate: a year-round hot semi arid climate

City Name Origin: Hyderabad means “Haydar’s city” or “lion city”. Haydar means ‘lion’ and ābād in Persian means ‘city’. The city is named after Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib, who was known as Haydar because of his lion-like bravery

How to reach: By Air: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, By Rail: Hyderabad Railway Station, Secunderabad Railway Station and Kachiguda Railway Station

Types of attraction: Nature, Forts, Parks, Aquarium, Museum, Fun, Games

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Ramoji Film City
  • Golconda Fort
  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Chowmahalla Palace
  • Wonderela
  • Charminar
  • Falaknuma Palace
  • Hussain Sagar

12. Vishakhapatnam

Capital of: Andhra Pradesh

Location: South India

Climate: a year-round tropical dry wet climate

City Name Origin: Visakhapatnam is called after Visakha, the Hindu god of bravery and combat. Later during the British reign, Britishers found it difficult to pronounce the word Visakhapatnam and transformed it to Vizag

How to reach: By Air: Visakhapatnam Airport, By Rail:  Simhachalam , Vishakapatnam Junction

Types of attraction: Nature, Forts, Beach, Monuments, Museum, Park, Valley

Places to Visit on this Weekend Getaway →

  • Araku Valley
  • Borra Caves
  • INS Submarine Museum
  • Rishikonda Beach
  • Ramakrishna Beach
  • Dolphin Nose
  • Simhachalam Temple

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11. Chennai

The capital of Tamil Nadu, Chennai was previously named Madras, but later was named after the fish town of Chennaipattinam. The place has famous Marina beach and many other places which attract tourists from all over the world. Listen in to know more.

10. Thiruvananthapuram

Capital city of the state of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram was previously known as Trivandrum. Named after Lord Anantha who resides in the temple right in the center of this town, this city has a variety of adventures to offer to the visitors. listen in to know more.

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9. Bengaluru

Named after the comfort food a king was offered by an old woman, Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka. This city is technological and industrial hub. Some places that people can explore in this place are Visvesvaraya Industrial and technological museum, Ulsoor lake, Bal Bhavan, Bangalore Palace and Nandi hills. Listen in to know more

8. Mumbai

Mumbai is the Financial, Commercial and Entertainment capital of India. For a short getaway there are many places where as a family you can travel. Taraporewala Aquarium, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, The Gateway of India, the RBI monetary museum etc. Listen in to know more about this “City of Dreams”.

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7. Gandhinagar

India’s first planned city Gandhinagar is located on the banks of Sabarmati river. There are many places to visit here including Indroda National Park, Akshardham Temple, and many other places. Listen in to know more about the city.

6. Bhopal

City of Lakes, Bhopal was named after King Bhoj. This city has a lot of places to see including the imaginary line of the Tropic of cancer, The Sanchi Stupa, The Bhoj tal and many other places. Listen in to know more about it.

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5. Jaipur

“The Pink City”, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. A city full of forts, Jaipur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many places to visit there are the Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Jal Mahal, Haa Mahal and more. Listen in to know.

4. Lucknow

“City of Nawabs”, Lucknow lies on the banks of Gomti River. A place with happy people and places, Lucknow has an old charm about it. Many places where kids can enjoy are the Lucknow Zoo, Planetarium. Other places are The Bada Imam bada, Marine drive and other places. Listen in to know about the places to have authentic taste of the city.

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3. Dehradun

This beautiful valley of Dehradun can easily be called “city of schools”. Surrounded by mountains, this place is the capital of Uttarakhand. Malsi Deer Park, Sahastrdhara, Maldevta, Robbers Cave and Indian Military Academy are some places to visit. Listen in to know how this city got its name. 

2. Shimla

Lets take a quick trip to this “Queen of Hills”. Summer capital of the British India, Shimla. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh- a travelers’ paradise for weekend getaways.

Many places of attraction this place has, Kids would love a trip on Shimla Toy Train. Other places to enjoy are The Christ Church, The Chadwick Falls, The Ridge, and another place with huge statue of Lord Hanuman. Listen in to know the legend behind the statue, and many more things about this hilly town which will intrigue you.

1. Srinagar

In the first episode of this weekend getaways podcast, Tiny Travels, we take our listeners on a short vacation to the capital city of the northern most region of India, Srinagar in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

This beautiful city is famous for the Dal Lake, Char Chinar, Mughal gardens, The Wular lake and many other places. Listen to the complete podcast to know more about this “Switzerland of India”.

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