Mother’s Day is approaching. Not planning to buy one of those impersonal greeting cards or last-minute gift vouchers again, are you? We hope not. Since your Wonder Woman of a mother deserves a lot more than that. She is special and should be treated extraordinarily. This Mother’s Day, sweep her off her feet by flying to one of these select destinations that ensure loads of pampering, fun activities, adventure and of course, unending shopping. Read on.
Don’t want a vacation that is too heavy on the pocket? Plan a trip with your mother to one of these thoughtful local destinations:
1. Munnar, Kerala – For the nature lover
The lush green foliage and gorgeous views Munnar offers can hardly be matched by any other hill station in Kerala. So, if your mother loves to feast her eyes over nature’s bounties, Munnar, situated over 6,000 feet above the sea level, will impress her in an instant. The excitement for a trip to Munnar will increase two-fold if your mother is a tea-lover as this hill station is one of the leading tea producers in India. If she is craving some rejuvenation, book her a soothing Ayurvedic massage or arrange a picnic near one of the many majestic waterfalls there including Lakkam, Chinnakanal and Thoovanam.
If you want this Mother’s Day to have an adventurous streak, why not book a tree-house stay, go for a mountain-camping tour or try mountain biking. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you reserve half a day to visit one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Munnar such as Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Closest airport: Cochin International Airport (around 110kms)
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2. Rishikesh, Uttrakhand – For the thrill seeker
If your mother thinks life is an adventure and is constantly looking for adrenaline-pumping experiences, your hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day travel destination ends with Rishikesh. This picturesque city in northern India on the Himalayan foothills satiates the adventure seeker in everyone. Here, you and your mother can bond over different pulsating activities – from bungee-jumping at Mohan Chatti to river rafting down the River Ganga. When in Rishikesh, ditch the typical hotel and camp by an azure river, under a canopy of stars.
When you and your mother have quenched all your adventure cravings, book a tranquil yoga session at one of the many ashrams in Rishikesh. Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sivananda Ashram are some of the best ashrams in the city. Oh and don’t forget to end the day with the spellbinding Ganga Arti from 6pm-7pm at Triveni Ghat. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
Closest airport: Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun (around 35kms)
3. Lakshadweep – For the beach lover
If vacation is synonymous to beaches for your mother, she will absolutely love Lakshadweep. Cerulean waters, sugary sands and colourful corals define this archipelago of over 36 islands. Head to Aggati Island to enjoy breathtaking snorkeling, scuba diving or just for relaxing on clean, sun-kissed beaches. Many islands in Lakshadweep offer various water sport options including parasailing, speed boating and kayaking, among others.
If you both want to indulge in some retail therapy, head straight to Amindivi Island to buy local handicrafts made from coir and coconut shells. Of course, the icing on the cake is the delicious sea food options, with strong Malabar influences, available across Lakshadweep.
Closest airport: Agatti Airport
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If you want to spend that extra cash to plan an extra-ordinary trip, plan a Mother’s Day celebration at one of these international locations:
4. Singapore – For the shopaholic
If shopping is cardio for your mother, what can be better than taking her to the Asia’s shopping Mecca – Singapore! The chic island’s glitzy shopping malls, lively flea markets and interesting local brands will surely leave your mother amazed. Satiate the shopaholic in her by arranging a half day trip to Singapore’s shopping capital – Orchard Road. Here, you will find your mom checking out global fashion brands, up-to-the-minute electronics and hip accessories with a huge smile on her face. If your mother is a bargain hunter, make sure you take her to Chinatown, a colourful and busy place with hundreds of tiny shops loaded with knick-knacks, clothes and spices.
If you are in the mood to splurge, visit The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – a haven for luxury brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. While you are there, why not try your luck at the Marina Bay Sands Casino that is home to over 600 table games and over 1,500 slot machines. Once you have shopped your hearts out, head over to Clarke Quay and enjoy your favourite drinks while soaking in the gorgeous views. What’s not to love!
5. Bali – For the mom who is always busy
If your mom is always loaded with work and seems to be busier than the president, it’s time to give her a breather. The only destination that spells relaxation, is close to home and won’t break the bank is Bali. This Indonesian island is a hub of some of the most luxurious spas globally. Its striking natural scenery is only a great add-on. Book a Zen Balancing Massage at Away Spa (W Hotel) or the Healing Arts Massage at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay to melt away all her stress and relax those aching muscles.
Once you are done pampering your mother to the fullest, try taking up a unique activity like a traditional cooking class or explore the mesmerising underwater world by arranging a snorkeling or scuba diving session. And yes, don’t forget to capture all those auburn sunsets with your camera.
Now that you know which destination suits you and your mother the most, you can plan that special Mother’s Day trip right away. Book your flights, hotel or rent a car with Skyscanner today. You can do all of these on our mobile app too.