7 Unforgettable Family Holidays inspired by The Jungle Book

Bored of the same family holidays year after year? Looking for some new and exciting ideas and family-friendly destinations? Well, The Jungle Book movie has definitely inspired us. Relive the wildlife adventure on 7 amazing family-friendly holidays of a lifetime. Here's where to go...
Black panther.
Black panther. Photo: Shutterstock

It's "Jungle Book" fever and it seems that nature and wildlife and a spot of adventure are always a winner with kids. So for some great holiday inspiration for all the family, see our selection of the 6 best places where you can go for an amazing family-friendly holiday of a lifetime with a touch of The Jungle Book about it.

1. Indian Wildlife Safari

India is the setting of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book so we feel it's right to start with two of our favourite family-friendly holidays to India. On this great family-friendly adventure you'll meet Bengal tigers, birds, monkeys, leopards and more on an amazing wildlife extravaganza that takes you to some of India's famous national parks. Experience the stunning Indian countryside by rail, soak up some culture at the Taj Mahal and Ranthambore Fort and finish with some shopping and sightseeing in the bustling and dusty capital, Dehli. To find out more about the Indian Wildlife Safari, click here.

Portrait of a Tiger in the wild in India. Photo: Shutterstock

2. India's Monuments and Tigers

For a more cultural take on the adventure holiday but still with plenty of Jungle Book wildlife to see, journey to India's Cultural Triangle. Explore old Delhi at night; colonial New Delhi by day. Discover the Golden Triangle’s must-see historic forts, magical temples and bustling cities. Learn about Mughal heritage in Agra and visit the glorious Taj Mahal. Shop for silk, saris, copper and brassware, spices, silver and gold. Take an exhilirating game drive around Ranthambore – the largest tiger reserve in the country; then journey to Jaipur, the pink-hued capital of the desert state of Rajasthan. Price India's Monuments and Tigers trip now.

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3. Himalayan Family Adventure

Designed with active and adventurous families in mind, experience Nepal's exciting capital Kathmandu before heading out of town to discover breathtaking nature trails and rural hill villages. A fun day of river rafting follows, with a night at an atmospheric riverside camp. From here, it's on to peaceful Begnas Lake for great mountain views, a mini-mountain trek and overnight camp. Discover Pokhara's sparkling Lakeside, then head down to the jungles of Chitwan in search of tigers and other wildlife. A wonderful way for all the family to experience the best Nepal has to offer.Tell me more about this trip.

Funny monkey family in ancient Hampi ruins, Karnataka, India. Photo: Shutterstock

4. Laos Elephants and Jungle

Fascinating and rewarding, Laos is a charming and traditional destination that is very much off the beaten track. With plenty of activities to appeal to everyone, from elephants and temples to jungle and waterfalls, it’s just the place for a great family adventure. Set up base in splendid Luang Prabang, with its forested hills and picturesque river valleys and consider a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, the area’s most-renowned temple on the banks of the Mekong River. You can also meet monks collecting alms, ride elephants and discover waterfalls – easy-going Laos has it all. Interested in Laos Elephants and Jungle? Find out more...

5. Family Time in Thailand

Discover vibrant Bangkok city with all its wonderful street food, ancient palaces and bustling markets before heading to verdant, northern Chiang Mai for jungle encounters with majestic elephants and a taste of hill country life, traditional villages and beautiful temples. From here, it’s down to the spectacular Khao Lak for complete family relaxation on pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and spectacular scenery. This trip is a great introduction to Thailand for families and first-time visitors. Take me to Family Time in Thailand...

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Elephant trekking through the jungle in northern Thailand. Photo: Shutterstock

6. Costa Rica Coast To Coast

After a look around San José and the Central Valley it’s off to search for turtles in Tortuguero off the Caribbean coast (July to October). Then head back across the country to Pacific Tamarindo, one of Costa Rica’s premier surf spots, with stops in Arenal and Monteverde along the way. Visit coffee and sugar plantations, go on volcano treks and experience the jungle and its wildlife inhabitants at night. The Great Outdoors is what it’s all about here, whether you prefer lazy days on the beach or an adrenalin-packed adventure; both are never far from reach. Find out prices and more information about Costa Rica Coast to Coast.

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7. Totally Wildlife

Offering jungle and wildlife in abundance, this trip offers amazing wildlife encounters as well as an Amazon jungle experience too. Totally Wildlife, East to West on M/Y Beluga takes you from the steamy Amazonian jungle to the pristine landscape of the Galápagos. This is the ultimate eco adventure and is a fitting addition to our family holidays of a lifetime list. Get up close and personal with exotic marine, bird and wildlife, go snorkelling and on rainforest treks; then complete your journey with a visit to Ecuador's cosmopolitan Quito. Find out more about the Totally Wildlife holiday...

Looking at sea lions in the Galápagos on Isabela Island. Photo: Shutterstock

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