Life is hectic during and post pregnancy. There are so many things to deal with that you do not get time to sit back and relax. In this condition, thinking about a holiday with your newborn may seem far-fetched. But, it isn’t so. In fact, a vacation at this juncture will give you that much-needed break, enable you to connect better with your partner and the little one, and help you to rejuvenate.
The secret to a successful holiday with an infant lies in picking the right destination. You wouldn’t want to take your baby to the mountains, or a remote place where finding essentials could be a problem. Here are a few destinations in India, which are easily reachable and allow you to relax.
1. Kumarakom and Munnar:
What could be a better place than the backwaters of Kerala to have a laid-back holiday with your family? Check into a resort on the banks of the Vembanad Lake in Kumarakom, 16km from the city of Kottayam and 50km from Cochin airport. You can spend the whole day looking at the magnificent and calm waters of the lake, listening to the chirping of the birds, and getting amazed at the natural treasure on the lake.
A few hours journey by road will take you to Munnar, the hill station which has so far resisted the onslaught of tourism, unlike Ooty. Located in the Idukki district at 1,600 metres above sea level, the place is 105km from Cochin airport. Plan a visit during the rains, to see the waterfalls at their gushing best.
If you love to be close to lakes, what could be a better place than this! Located in the state of Uttarakhand, Nainital is nestled at the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayas. The area is surrounded by mountains and dotted with lakes. If you want to avoid the densely populated areas, look for a resort at a higher altitude. Jim Corbett National Park could be another option in the vicinity. Though you may not be able to take your newborn on a safari in the tiger reserve, you can for sure enjoy the shallow waters of the rivers Ramganga and Kosi. Tip*: Don’t go there during peak winters.
Visakhapatnam, known for its long unspoilt coastline and beaches, is an emerging tourist destination. This is a convenient place to travel with your infant, as the tourist spots are well within the city limits. Short travel times let you stay at the destination spot longer. A few hundred kilometres from Visakhapatnam is the hill station Araku. Its unexplored adjoining places are gaining popularity for their tribal environment. Tip*: Visakhapatnam is a no-no during summers. The best time is between November and January.
4. Udaipur, Rajasthan:
We cannot point to a single destination in Rajasthan, especially if you love to visit forts, and witness the life of the royals. Who must not have read about the lakes and palaces of Udaipur!
This destination needs no mention as it is the place people go to have fun. Enjoy the pristine beaches of the Arabian Sea and world heritage architecture. Located on the western coast, it is the smallest state by area in India but has the highest GDP thanks to its ever-thriving tourism.
Holidaying when your baby is still a newborn is easier than in the later stages, as you or your partner can simply carry him in a bag, hung on to your back or the front. So, what is your favourite family holiday destination?