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Fun Unplugged: 17 awesome travel games to play with your family while holidaying in Kerala
25 Oct 2019

Planning to take a family vacation to the South of India? The perfect time to go on a trip is between September and March. The weather is pleasant, calm, and not that humid; so it's comfortable for kids and adults. There are several tourist places in Kerala to take in, and you can choose the best tour package for you and your family. Choose a package that suits your group's needs and make your journey as smooth as possible.

One of the beautiful places in Kerala, between September and November, is Munnar. You can take your family and enjoy the stunning views of the hills, along with the vast tea estates. However, if hill station is not your preferred destination, then you can go for a coastal location like Kochi or Varkala.

Holiday in, smartphones out:

Spending time with your family is good to spend your vacation. Family time is essential because you get to recharge and connect with your kids, and significant other. If you decide to visit tourist places in Kerala with pictures, then you will have to pick scenic and fun spots where you can create tons of memories. However, in this day and age, it can be a challenge to pry any electronic gadget from your child's grasp. This example is not limited to children, and it applies to adults as well.

Let's just say that we are pretty dependent on our smartphones and tablets, whether it's to get work done or indulge in some mindless entertainment; it's quite apparent that we're are glued to our screens for most of the day.

Escaping to a beautiful destination like Kerala along with your family will allow you to unplug from cyberspace and take in all the fantastic elements that God's own country has to offer. When looking for places to visit at Kerala, ensure that there are plenty of activities for you and your family so that they don't get bored quickly and seek the comfort of their smart devices.

Don't shun your devices entirely because you may need them for GPS and to search for restaurants around the area; try to keep the gadgets away when spending quality time with your family and when you're indulging in some fun activity.

There are many beautiful places in Kerala, and prohibiting gadgets completely can be unrealistic, so you can set some rules when on holiday. For instance, if you're planning on taking a boat trip or a safari through a forest, you can set up rules like "Phones can only be used for pictures and not social media" or "No phones during meal times." This will allow you to have quality time with your kids and significant other.

Bond over board games:

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If you're travelling to Kerala by train, with children who get bored way too easily, then you can distract them by playing some popular board games. Bonding over some fun activities doesn't have to be limited to a long commute, and you can enjoy playing some fun games while sitting in your hotel room on a rainy afternoon or after a lengthy day of sightseeing you can unwind by playing some popular games.

Here are some amazing games you can indulge in when you're travelling with your family:

1. Sequence:


The game of sequence is perfect for people who love a good combination of strategy and chance. This game includes cards and chips, which have to be played strategically and create a sequence that has to be perfect and in sync with the rules. This game may sound simple to beginners, but it can be surprisingly challenging. Its great fun for players over the age of seven, and it can take up to 12 players.

2. Codenames:


When visiting the best Kerala tourist places, you have to carry fun board games like codenames. Teenagers love playing this game because it's clever and fun. This fast-paced, word-based game is spy-themed, and players will have to guess each other's secret identities. These secret avatars are revealed through various clues and are ideal for two to eight players.

3. Scrabble:


Scrabble is the perfect board game to exercise the brain muscles. If you and your family love word games, then go ahead and give this board game a shot. The rules are simple; you have to build a crossword puzzle across the board by using single letter tiles to score points. Two to four players can engage in this game. This game is a great excuse to bond with your kids and get them away from their phone screens for a while.

4. Monopoly:


Monopoly is a popular board game in the world, and if you have ever indulged in it, you will know that it brings about an interesting side in the players involved; it creates an exciting narrative. The game follows a simple concept like renting and owning property, and you get to increase your assets when you progress in the game. Monopoly needs a steady surface and focus, so it's best you don't play this game during a train ride.

5. Clue:


This classic detective game is perfect for the days you're stuck indoors due to unexpected rains, or if you're too tired to sightsee. Gather your family together and determine the location along with the guilty party in this murder mansion classic.

Unleash the singer within:

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If you're planning to visit the best place for a day trip in Kerala, and if you're planning a road trip to get there then you can unleash the singer within by arranging a karaoke session. You can belt your favourite tunes while travelling by bus or train and have your co-passengers join you as well. This will make for a fun, bonding experience, and you will make amazing memories that will last you a lifetime.

Another instance where you can sing your favourite songs is by a warm bonfire. Kerala tourist places include some beautiful hill stations, which can get pretty chilly at night, so bonfires are the perfect time to break into song. Here are some fun musical games you can play with your travelling companions:

6. Identify that tune:


This game has a simple concept, players are split into teams, and they sing a tune that the non-singers have to identify. Whoever gets the name right, wins a point.

7. Karaoke Roulette:


This fun game will need you to mix things up. You have to place all the players' names in a bowl and scroll through a list of songs. Once you stop at a random song, the player who is picked from the pot will have to sing the selected song.

8. Blind Auditions:


This concept is taken from a popular show and players have to sit in chairs with their back to the singer, the singer will sing a song in a funny voice, and seated players will have to guess who the singer. The one who guesses right wins!

9. Back to childhood:


When you visit tourist places in Kerala like Wayanad and Munnar, you may want to live in a homestay with your family, and this will give you the perfect opportunity to bond with your kids. What better way to bond with the little ones than by playing games that take you back to your childhood.

In today's busy lifestyle and immense work pressure, we forget the simple joys of life. When you play your favourite childhood games with your kids, you pass on some cherished memories and create new ones as well.

Here are some amazing games you can indulge in when you're travelling with your family:

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10. Visit a beautiful park:


If you have ever seen children run free in a park, you will see how care-free and liberated they seem. Parks will have many playthings like monkey bars, slides, swings, and see-saws. So, take your kids to the nearest, prettiest park and challenge them to a healthy competition on the monkey bars; you can create a game where the person who crosses the monkey bars the fastest, wins. You can finish your day at the park with a delicious picnic lunch.

11. Ride a bicycle:


When did you ride a bicycle last? Well, when you look up places to visit at Kerala, you will notice that most sites have beautiful pathways that you can ride a bicycle on. So, hire a few cycles with your family and ride them through roads that are lined with palm trees and overlook serene backwaters. These types of roads can be found in Alleppey, and you can rent bicycles from any popular tourist spot in the area.

12. Amusement parks:


If you visit Kochi, then you have to make a trip to Wonderla Amusement Park. This is another excellent way to bond with your family because you get to go on many rides, have delicious food, and create many memories. Amusement parks are a great way to live your worries behind and enjoy the moment, by screaming on a rollercoaster or just taking a calming ride on a horse carousel. If you want to relive the good old childhood days, full of mischief and fun, then Wonderla is the place to be.

Band with the locals:

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Whether you're looking for various places to visit in Kerala for a honeymoon or the best time to visit Kerala, either way, the green state is eco-tourism heaven. Kerala is a cultural hub, and the best way to get the most out of place is by bonding with the locals. They will provide you with details of the food and travel that you may not get online.

If you're travelling to Kerala for the first time, it's suggested that you stay with a local family to understand the culture better. This is an excellent way to an authentic experience, and you will learn a lot from your host family.

It's always said that if you want a genuine sense of what a place feels like, then you must stay with the locals and see things from their perspective if you're going to experience what they do. Kerala locals are friendly and quite welcoming; they are also more than happy to teach you more about their home state.

If you're travelling with your family, you will want to immerse yourself into the comfort of a hotel room and have the kids jump on their lush beds, but think twice before you go ahead and book a room. This is because staying with locals can expose you to more sights than a hotel room.

If you stay with a host family, then you can bond with them by engaging in fun activities and games. Some of the games you can play are:

13. Tag:


This game is a classic for children and adults; it doesn't need many resources, just speed, and coordination. Two or more players can engage in this game. The rules are simple. One player is chosen as the "catcher" while the rest are the "prey," if the "catcher" happens to catch a "prey" then the person caught is the new "catcher." This game is quite fun if played with a large group.

14. Chain:


Many childhood games would require a group that has up to five players, but Chain is best enjoyed with a large group that consists of more than seven players. This game has a catcher as well, and when they catch the prey, the two must hold hands and try to find another player. This will result in a chain, making it challenging to manoeuvre, and this where the fun element of the game begins.

15. Land and water:


This game is quite close to tag, and the difference is that it is split into various imaginary areas that signify land and water. If the player stands on a drain area, then they're safe from the catcher and can't be caught. This great game can be played with two or more players.

16. Hopscotch:


If there is one game that will give you all the nostalgic feels, its hopscotch. This fun game is quite simple, you will need a chalk to draw the boxes and hop in them. The challenge is to hop on one leg, in each box, without having to touch the borders of the box. It's a great game that builds on the coordination of muscles.

17. Hide and Seek:


This is a great childhood game you can play with the locals because it engages your creative and strategic side. This game also allows you to explore your surroundings while you seek the other players. There are three ways you can play. The first is the standard way where the catcher finds the players, and the first one found in the new catcher. The next version is also known as "stop and party," where if the catcher found one player they would have to yell "Stop," but if a player taps the catcher first they will have to yell "Party" then the catcher won't change.

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Sports:


Football and cricket are some of the favourite sports in Kerala, and they are a great way to bond with the locals as well. Playing these games outside will help get your blood pumping, bring back some childhood memories, and it helps you get to know the locals better as well. If you don't want to engage in football or cricket, then you can always play a game of badminton or volleyball, as well.

Board and card games:


As mentioned earlier in this article, board games are a great way to spend some quality time with your family, and the same concept applies to bond with the locals as well. If you the weather is not suitable for outdoor games then you can sit together and play card or board games. There are so many games that can be played cards like poker, rummy, bluff, and so on.

Why should you have a vacation in Kerala with your family?

If you're looking for the best way to spend an extended weekend or time off from work, then you have to take your family and head to Kerala. It's the perfect destination because it's a beautiful amalgam of breathtaking views and rich culture. Kerala is a great place to visit at any time of the year, with each month having something unique to offer, and you can plan your holiday accordingly.

When your booking with a tour company and want to visit beautiful places in Kerala, then you have to account for the number of people in your group, departure and arrival dates, the length of the tour, the number of places and spots you want to visit, and (most importantly!) the budget.

Once you have decided on all these details, you can reach out to your travel agent, and they will help you pick the tour package that is perfect for you. Kerala Tour Packages will ensure that your trip is smooth, comfortable and filled with various activities. Firstly, before you get into the details and cost of your trip, you have to tell them the purpose of your vacation; whether if it's for a honeymoon, family trip, a trip with friends, or a pilgrimage.

It's a widely known fact that you have to travel to Kerala during September and March since these are the most comfortable and pleasant months because of the fantastic weather. When you select a tour package, you have to choose one that is not too restrictive, and the tour plan should allow you to witness the spots you want while providing all the promised amenities. In the end, you have to choose the tour package that will help you and your family bond. The vacation should allow you plenty of time to break away from technology, play games that you like and engage in activities that suit you and your loved ones. These are the moments you will cherish forever.

You can hire a houseboat for an overnight stay. This is where you can play fun card and board games to pass the time. However, if you have kids, then it's highly recommended that you stay at a spacious nature resort or retreat because children tend to get impatient on a houseboat which could get risky when on waters. A resort offers them a chance to run around while having fun.

If you have time to explore Kochi and Alleppey, then choose a travel package that will allow you to visit the beaches at both locations. Thekkady's Periyar National Park, Kumarakom, and Munnar's hill stations are not to be missed as well!

However, if you are short on time, you should be smart with your location choices and convey the same with your tour operator so that they can provide you with the right package that will fit with your time frame and budget.

If you are the adventurous kind, then you have to go kayaking, watercourse rafting, mountain climbing, venture on a wildlife safari and take on some trekking options as well. When planning any sort of adventure-based activities, you have to clearly mention all the details of the activities you want to indulge in and also find out on how much time each adventure sport will take so that there are no nasty deadlines to shock you. Also, if you're planning on going trekking, then you have to ask your tour guide how much time it will take to go from point A to point B.

If you're planning on booking a holiday during peak season, then you have to do it well in advance, this way you can expect a smooth holiday without any hassle or confusion or crowds. Once, you have booked the trip, just sit back and relax, without worrying about travel and accommodation, etc. because they will be taken care of by your tour company. While visiting the most beautiful places in Kerala, you have to try out the mouth-watering cuisine. Each dish has a unique flavour that will leave your mouth watering and wanting more. All these details will be included in your tour package. Ensure that you make the most out of your trip to God's own country.



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