Family Camping Spots
Unending lines of traffic. Raucous city din. Stifling smog and pollution. Rush, run, rush, run. Life can get exhausting, a fact that most people who live in a city can attest to. The next time you have a long weekend, plan a quiet retreat to reconnect with the great outdoors – the natural kind. A camping-we-will-go, and here’s where!
Near Chennai: Tada campsite
At a distance of 60km from Chennai, the Tada campsite lies on the border between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Neglected by the tourist buses, this spot is ideal for people who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The surrounding wilderness and waterfalls add to the serenity of the place. Small hillocks dot the area – ideal for inexperienced climbers who want an easy foray into camping. Note
that you need to bring your own camping equipment – the Tada campsite does not provide accommodation. You can camp by the stream that runs through the area. The easiest way to get there is to drive down from Chennai. A word of caution – the roads are dusty and bumpy, so don’t expect a
Near Delhi: Camp Tikkling, Gurgaon
Located in the Aravallis, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the country, Camp Tikkling is around 35km from Delhi-Dhaula Kuan. Spread across three and a half acres, it is a well-organised camp boasting six permanent tents, and fourteen more available for larger groups. The camp offers
a variety of activities for all age groups – adventure sports such as rock climbing and rappelling, as well as educational and ecological-related activities. It even has a dance floor if your family is in the mood for
a night of revelry! The best way to get there is to drive down from Delhi. The roads are good, making for a comfortable ride.
Near Bangalore:Dodamakkali Nature Camp
This camp is a bird-watcher’s paradise and boasts of a rustic charm. Easy to reach from Bangalore as it is well-connected by the Kanakapura-Kollegal Highway, it is the ideal weekend getaway for those longing for some peace and quiet. As the name indicates, this is a camp that puts you in touch with nature. Accommodation is provided in comfortable cottages. You can unwind with your family on the sandy shores of the river or go bird watching and acquaint yourself with the rare species that reside in the area. Other activities include star gazing, trekking, river rafting and coracle riding.
Near Hyderabad: Green Acres
65km from Hyderabad, near Bhongir-Raigir-Yadagirigutta, this is an organic farm and a convenient campsite for families looking to connect with nature over a quick weekend getaway. Tent accommodation is provided. The campsite offers a range of activities for the whole family. Children are exposed to rare species of fauna, and are also given a hands-on experience of surviving in the wild.
Near Mumbai: Khopoli
At a distance of around 80km from Mumbai, the Green Hill Estate in Khopoli is less than two hours from Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. It is located about 100 feet above a lake and is set against the scenic backdrop of local hills. This campsite, run by Big Red Tent, is well-organised and
comfortable with clean, functional toilets, and organised activities for people of all age groups. The lake is a short, ten-minute trek away. The campsite also offers a barbecue facility. Being more of a relaxation spot than an adventure camp, it is a good option if you are looking for a laidback, lazy weekend
with your family.