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Kids and Goa? You’d think it would be a no-brainer — beaches, beaches, beaches! But what would your do if your kids have had their fill of beaches, and feni-soaked fancy-free Goan holidays are a thing of the past for you?

Manisha Desai has the answer! Because Goa is much more than just beaches and cheap alcohol!

 

After a healthy dose of Goan beaches, head to these 5 child- friendly places

After a healthy dose of Goan beaches, head to these 5 child- friendly places

#1 Have An Adventure Amidst Nature

Run by the effervescent Karen Yadav Tiwari, Kidventure is not a run-of-the mill summer camp that leaves you with tons of painted pots and crafts. Kidventure, which organises camps for children through the year in Goa, delivers on everything it promises and more. Located at a secret ‘ ‘Butterfly Grove’, the Kidventure campsite is a safe cocoon in the heart of the wilderness, where kids are encouraged to tune in to nature.

Children learn, bond, play and grow, while having tons of fun at these camps! They can play on the beach, splash in a waterfall, wade into streams, trek on nature trails and sit under the stars. They can conduct science experiments on the beach, unfurl their creativity and discover themselves in a safe environment, with a 1:5 councillor to child ratio. This idyllic setting equips children with the skills to live in nature, respect  it and most importantly conserve it.

I’ve been trying to get Karen to increase the age limit, so I can go for a camp myself. If you write in too, she just might give in! 🙂

 

Kidventure Camp for Kids will change your opinion about summer camps; kidventurenature.wix.com

Kidventure Camp for kids will change your opinion about summer camps; kidventurenature.wix.com

#2 Fun & Learning On A River Cruise

Your visit to Goa would be incomplete without experiencing the majestic Mandovi River. Celebrate its beauty on a serene river cruise by Sea Eagle Navigation, which showcases Goa’s untapped backwaters and highlights the biodiversity of its mangroves. Through their cruises and river tours, Sea Eagle creates awareness about the state’s rich maritime history and the culture and lifestyles of river-dependent communities. Not only do kids love being on a boat, they get to learn about the fragile Goan ecosystem and the eco-cultural and ecological value of its river navigation networks.

Depending on your interest, you can choose from two crafts and five different options (or you can customise your own) for your cruise. Now just relax and leave everything up to their efficient team (comprising of naturalists, locals and experienced crew) to take you on a journey you’ll never forget.

 

Catch some pretty sights of Goa from the Sea Eagle Cruise; seaeaglecruises.com

Catch some pretty sights of Goa from the Sea Eagle Cruise; seaeaglecruises.com

#3 Calling All History & Science Lovers

Goa’s two most important museums are the Goa State Museum and the Naval Aviation Museum. Learn about the different aircraft, armaments and experience a Jet Fighter cockpit in the simulator at the aviation museum. This military museum is one among just three aviation museums in India, the other two being in Delhi and Bengaluru. Another little known place of interest for tourists is the Goa Science Centre in Miramar, Panjim, which offers 3D shows, interactive exhibits, science parks and a gallery to keep kids engaged.

 

The star attraction at the National Aviation Museum, the Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation; Aaron C, Flickr.com

The star attraction at the National Aviation Museum, the Lockheed L-1049G Super Constellation; Aaron C, Flickr.com

#4 Discover Hidden Goan Gems On A Trek

Mapusa-based Eco-Treks Goa offers an all-in-one solution when you’re planning an exciting day or two in Goa with your kids. This group of trekkers organise nature walks to offbeat and unexplored locations in and around Goa every month. Experience Goa’s natural landscapes, cascading waterfalls and heavenly peaks on a trek with experts. If you’re visiting Goa, plan this adventure in advance as Eco Treks also schedules impromptu treks, which are dependent on the weather and topography.

 

Eco-Treks Goa will introduce you to the unexplored and off- beaten paths of Goa; ecotreksgoa.in

Eco-Treks Goa will introduce you to the unexplored and off-beaten paths of Goa; ecotreksgoa.in

#5 Bird & Animal Lovers Unite

Goa has many famous National Parks, including the renowned Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, which is the only bird sanctuary in Goa. Named after Dr. Salim Ali, the Birdman Of India, this is an ornithologist’s paradise and home to several beautiful, rare local and migratory birds.

Other wildlife sanctuaries include the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary. All of these have guides and planned trips, so it’s advisable to call and book in advance to avoid disappointment on your trip.

 

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary houses several beautiful, rare local and migratory birds; ptwo, Flickr.com

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary houses several beautiful, rare local and migratory birds; ptwo, Flickr.com

Did You Know?

  • Goa has more than 40 estuarine, 8 marine and about 90 riverine islands
  • Some of the oldest rocks in the Indian subcontinent are found in Goa
  • The Mormugao Harbour on the mouth of the River Zuari is one of the best natural harbours in South Asia
  • The Western Ghats, which form most of eastern Goa, are internationally recognised as one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world

 

Do write in to tell us if you find more fun stuff for kids to do in Goa!

 

 

About The Author

Manisha Desai

Manisha Desai

Dreamer. Activist. Wannabe painter. Writer. Environmentalist. Mother. Just some of the adjectives that would describe Manisha. A social worker by profession and a writer by accident she combines both these skills while writing content for non profit organizations and other websites.

 

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