Best Road Trip Destinations in India with Kids

Going on a road trip with friends and family is a travel goal for many. But, going on a road trip in India with kids is a great way to spend some quality time with your little munchkins, have new experiences, and explore beautiful places together. As the summer is peaking and school vacations are around the corner, it is the perfect time to pack your bags, put on your hats and sunglasses and hit the road for a road getaway with kids to a new destination. 

Luckily, India is blessed with many beautiful destinations where the summers are pleasant and provide a perfect setting to enjoy a memorable holiday. But, if you are not sure where to go, we have shortlisted a few awesome summer getaway ideas with kids. Here are our recommendations on the best places to go on a road trip in India with children.

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Chandigarh to Shimla

Distance between Chandigarh to Shimla

114 km approx

Time taken to reach Shimla

3 to 4 hours approx



Shimla is one of the most popular holiday destinations in India. Located on the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, it is the go-to destination for many to escape the harsh summer. The almost-perfect weather in Shimla makes it an idyllic place to put your feet up and relax while letting your children have their share of fun.  

One of the reasons why Chandigarh to Shimla has made it to our list of the best road trip in India with children is that the journey is scenic, and kids will surely love it. Also, the short distance allows you to reach within a few hours, so that kids don’t get cranky.  

As you start from Chandigarh, you can drive through the stunning Shivalik Ranges and the view is a cynosure to the eye, and you can’t get enough of the scenic views, we bet! Along the way, you can take a couple of pit stops to rest, before arriving at your destination.  

Where to stay in Shimla? 

After driving all the way to Shimla, you can retreat at Club Mahindra Shimla Resort, one of the most premium resorts in Shimla. You can relax and unwind while enjoying the premium amenities at the resort and basking in the world-class hospitality, before heading off to explore the town the next day. It would be the perfect base for all your Shimla adventures! 


Chennai to Pondicherry

Distance between Chennai to Pondicherry

150 km approx

Time taken to reach Pondicherry

3 to 4 hours approx




Think of a quaint town with secluded beaches, cosy cafes, and cute eateries serving the best Indian and French food. Well, that is exactly what you get in Pondicherry and more, making it the perfect summer destination in India for kids. A perfect haven for a peaceful holiday away from the city humdrum for the Chennai residents, Pondicherry is every tourist’s delight.  

Popularly known as the ‘Little France,’ Pondicherry boasts of an undeniable European vibe, which is accentuated by the French-style buildings and restaurants in the city. Apart from its beaches and delectable cuisine, the city is also popular worldwide for being home to a spiritual centre and an autonomous town named ‘Auroville.’  

While the city is great and will instantly win your heart over with its unique charm, the drive to Pondicherry from Chennai is even better. The drive through the ECR (East Coast Road) that runs parallel to the Bay of Bengal takes you through lush green meadows that are surrounded by rice fields and towering coconut trees.  

Along the way, you may also come across many small fishing towns that give you a sneak peek into the humble country-style life.  

Where to stay in Pondicherry? 

You can book your stay at the Club Mahindra Puducherry Resort, one of the best family resorts in Pondicherry. 

The resort boasts of the most modern amenities and has a reputation of giving the guests an exquisite dining experience. Not to mention, there are plenty of activities for you and your kids to indulge in at the resort, which allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones, strengthen your bonds while having fun. All-in-all, the resort makes your road getaway with kids to Pondicherry a memorable experience. 

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Delhi to Mussoorie

Distance between Delhi to Mussoorie

275 km approx

Time taken to reach Mussoorie

6 to 7 hours approx




If you live in Delhi and are looking for summer getaway ideas with kids, we suggest taking a road trip to the hill station up North to Mussoorie. A popular hill station in Uttarakhand state, Mussoorie is endowed with some of the most picturesque landscape you can imagine and the weather here is much cooler than Delhi.  

As you drive to Mussoorie, your children will surely love watching the beautiful scenery and enjoy passing through the different geographical terrains such as hills and valleys. The trip is also a great way to help children learn more about India’s diverse topography. Along the way, you may stop by the many natural streams, cascading waterfalls, and lush green hills to click some stunning pictures. This can be the best road trip in India 

Remember, it is a long drive, and you must ensure to keep your kids’ tummies full before hunger pangs strike them, otherwise, they can get agitated. So, make sure to pull over by a dhaba or a roadside stall for some piping hot Maggi and refreshments, and continue making merry along the way until you arrive at Mussoorie.  

Where to stay in Mussoorie? 

Once you reach your destination, you can enjoy a pleasant and relaxing stay at the iconic Club Mahindra Mussoorie Resort, one of the most popular resorts in Mussoorie. The spacious rooms and the modern amenities at the resort will make you feel like you are home away from home. You can enjoy pinecone painting, botanical class, and candlelight dining with your family and children at the resort. Also, the resort's proximity to the popular sightseeing spots allows you to explore the place without any hassles. 

Bangalore to Coorg

Distance between Bangalore to Coorg

242 km approx

Time taken to reach Coorg

4 to 5 hours approx




As a Bangalore resident, driving around the city may seem like a nightmare, given the rising number of vehicles plying on the roads and the pollution only makes it worse. If you are planning to get away from all this chaos, you can have a road getaway with kids.   

If your kids are too young and you don’t want to drive a long distance, you can head to Coorg. It is one of the best summer destinations in India for kids. Nestled in the majestic Western Ghats, Coorg is a stunning hill station with a landscape that is only comparable to a fairy tale land.  

Blessed with bountiful natural beauty, Coorg has many scenic views. Coorg is a wonderful place for kids and you to have fun, indulge in adventurous activities, and relax at the same time. While you are in the hill town, make sure to take a tour around the coffee plantations to get to know more about how the world’s favourite beverage is made, and you can enjoy having a cuppa made from the locally grown coffee beans.  

Where to stay in Coorg? 

When you holiday with your family in a place as beautiful as Coorg, you deserve to enjoy a beautiful stay that captures the true essence of the place. One such place is Club Mahindra Virajpet Resort, one of the best resorts in Coorg. An oasis like no other, the resort is an epitome of luxury and nature.  

During your stay, the staff would treat you like royalty and ensure that you have the most awesome and memorable holiday experience you have ever had.  

 The road trip in India trend is fast gaining popularity and many people nowadays prefer going on a family holiday with kids and driving their way to their destination. The thrill of being on the road, having new experiences along the journey, and having a good time with the kids instead of being restricted to the seat on a plane is more alluring for new-age parents.  

So, now that you are aware of the best places to visit in India with kids, take your pick and enjoy a wonderful road trip!

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