Kolkata has been the cultural and intellectual capital of India ever since its pre-independence days. The distinctive colonial record of Bengal has played an important role in determining the intellectual side of the nation. Today, the city of Kolkata lures locals and tourists because of its multiple charms and has something to offer for everyone. Just look for a flight from Bangalore to Kolkata and plan a trip here with your family.
The former capital of India during the British rule has loads of fun and entertainment to offer to families who arrive here to enjoy a vacation with their kids. Parents can explore different venues with their children in the city that has been aptly named the ‘City of Joy.
Given below is a list of kid-friendly places to enjoy in Kolkata and ensure that the whole family has a whale of a time.
Beach time at Mandarmani– Explore the popular Mandarmani Beach and laze around on the uncrowded stretch of coastline and soak up the scenic views. You can plan a picnic or swim in the gentle waters or make sandcastles. Later, you can visit the nearby handicraft stalls selling along the beach, selling jewelry made of shells.
Educative and entertaining Nicco Park– another major attraction for families visiting Kolkata is Nicco Park. Well famous as the ‘Disneyland of Bengal,’ the Park offers 35 different types of rides. However, the Giant Cyclone is the major attraction of the Park as it is the largest ride in Asia. Go up to the Eiffel Tower in the Park to enjoy some panoramic view of the whole.
A natural wonderland in Alipore Zoo – The Alipore Zoological garden first opened up in 1876 and is the oldest in India. It is one of the key attractions in Kolkata and a popular venue among families. One can have a look at hundreds of different species such as tigers, zebras, elephants, and various species of birds. One can easily spend a couple of hours here on the educative and informative trip to the Alipore Zoo.
Unravel the mysteries of the universe at Birla Planetarium – Inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Birla planetarium holds different shows on the cosmos and covers various topics such as the solar system and the evolution of the earth, and more. Do visit the astronomical observatory within the planetarium that is well equipped with a telescope and accessories.
A memorable trip to Nehru Children Museum– The children’s museum is dedicated to Pt. Nehru, who loved children. It is one of the most popular museums and a favorite with families. Children love to visit this museum that was opened in 1972 and exhibits Dolls, Ramayana, different toys and Mahabharata on its four floors. You will especially love the huge assortment of dolls from more than eighty countries.
While there are many more spots in Kolkata that are simply a great place for the kids, you can start with the above-listed options for a great start and wonderful trip with your family.