Humans have always opted for entertainment and if it can be achieved in the comfort of their homes, it is even better. Indoor games can be played and enjoyed by children and it can be an easy and great activity for younger kids and toddlers. Indoor games and sports are thus the solutions of this struggle to entertain ourselves in any weather and at any time. Indoor games provide with great entertainment in any weather. Indoor games and sports can be of various types such as Board games (Chess, Ludo etc), card games (Poker, Bridge etc), table-type games (Table tennis, Carrom etc) or small court games (Badminton, Basketball etc). Indoor games are great for both mind practice and also good physical activity. Many studies have found that these games are very good and important for the overall personality development of a child, thus many schools also encourage the kids to get involved in these sports and activities.

India has been one of the oldest nations with the concepts of Indoor games. Some of the world’s most popular indoor games such as Chess was invented in India. Indians are said to be really good at many outdoor games but today many Indoor games are gaining much popularity in India. Nowadays many of India’s indoor game players are standing at the top of their game. The Indian government has also made efforts to help the education department to involve the children in indoor activities for complete development of the child’s personality.

There are many indoor games which are very popular in Indi, and if you would like to know more about these games, we have compiled the of Top 10 Most Popular Indoor Games in India:

1. Chess

Vishwanathan Anand Playing Chess

Chess is a game easily ranks as the top choice whether in ancient India or today. It is often called as a war over a board. No other game is said to stimulate the players’ mind as a game of chess does. Indians have always been said to be good at Chess. Chess is game for all age groups and can be enjoyed at any time or place. It helps in improving mind coordination and concentration like no other.

Chess is played on a chess board with each player having 16 pieces each. The main objective of the player is to lead the opponent’s King into checkmate. The most notable Indian chess player has been Vishwanathan Anand.

2. Table tennis

players of Table-Tennis

The smaller and indoor version of the lawn tennis is the Table Tennis. This is definitely a sport which is among the most popular ones in the world and also in India. Table Tennis is played on a table which is divided by net, the players use small paddles to hit a lightweight ball over to the other end. Though it sounds easy, it requires a lot of practice. Also, it improves flexibility and enhances the motor skills and concentration of the player.

It is among the few high-intensity indoor sports which cause a very low chance of injury due to no physical contact and indoor environment.

3. Badminton

Player of Badmiton

Badminton is an indoor sport which has gained very high popularity in the last decade in India. Many players such as Sania Nehwal, P.V. Sandhu, Srikanth Kidambi have become role models for many children in India. Badminton is a game played with rackets in which a shuttlecock is hit such as to cross over the net. It is a game is the perfect combination of light as well as intense gaming.

Playing badminton helps in reducing bad cholesterol. It helps in better circulation which helps in improving body’s stamina and overall health.

4. Boxing

Players of Boxing

If you have to find a sport which is the ultimate test your endurance, guts and strength, it is none other than Boxing. This sport is popular and well known for strengthening body and mind and also learning self-defence. Also, boxing helps those people who have anger-management issues. Boxing professionally is not only a national but also an international phenomenon.

In boxing, the players have to fight by using their fists within a set of specific rules in a boxing ring. Boxing also teaches the player to have sportsman-spirit and not take the fight off the ring.

5. Futsal

Players of Futsal

Ever since football gained booming popularity across the globe, it is natural to think of a way to bring this sensation indoors as well. The result of this is Futsal. It is a smaller version of football which is played with 5 players on each side on a smaller field. The game is native to Brazil and Uruguay and has gained a lot of popularity in India. India has also started its own futsal league which is played by both native and international players.

It is a sport that involves a lot of physical activity and is a faster version of Football. It helps as a great physical activity for a change.

6. Kabaddi

Pro-Kabaddi League

Originating from parts of ancient India, Kabaddi is a very popular indoor game. The game is especially popular in South-east Asian countries and has gained recognition across the globe. It is not uncommon to see kids in India to play Kabaddi as a sport in school and among friends. It is similar to wrestling and involves high physical involvement. Kabaddi was first introduced in Asian Games in Bejing in 1990.

Today, Kabaddi has gained even more popularity because of its propagation through leagues such as Pro-Kabaddi League.

7. Basketball

Jordan playing Basketball

Basketball is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in the world. Many legendary players such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Larry Son etc have contributed highly to the popularity of this sport. If you go to any school in India, there is rarely any which doesn’t have most of its students playing basketball. It is among the most popular indoor and team games.

Basketball is played with 5 players on each team and is a high intensity, fast sport. It is a sport which is not only entertaining for the players but involves anyone watching it!

8. Bowling

Bowling alley

Today, if there is any social gathering or just friends and family weekend, one of the most popular choices is the bowling alley. Bowling is a sport which has gained a lot of popularity not only as a fun time indoor sport but also as a professional sport played at competitive and elite ranks. It is a sport in which the player needs to roll a bowling ball down a lane such that it hits a group of pins and knocks them down.

Though this may sound easy, it takes a lot to practice and skill to actually knock the pins down. If you are interested, do try this sport with your friends and family.

9. Carrom

Carrom board

Who does not love a good game of carrom with family and friends? Carrom is a sport which is played in almost every household of India. If you think of your memories from childhood, it sure involves a happy time of everyone playing carrom together. Carrom is played at many professional levels in India. But sadly, it has no been recognized by the Olympics. Carrom is played with a cue-type sports objective.

Carrom is a tabletop game which is played with the objective to pocket all the carrom men by the use of a striker. The action used to strike is a flick of fingers.

10. Snooker

Table of snooker

The modified version of the traditional billiards is Snooker. It is an indoor game played on the billiards table. It has gained a lot of popularity over the years. It is very common for many businesses to be discussed over a game of snooker or even the Defence officials to play snooker during off-duty. Snooker is played on the billiards table with 15 red balls and 6 different coloured balls that need to be a pot with the help of the white cue ball.

It has many benefits such are improving focus and calculation, improving coordination and also enhancing self-confidence!

Shreya Singh


  1. This is a good article. Something is missing in this article. I have covered top 10 indoor game list in my article.

  2. i thoroughly enjoyed your artical about games.i stay in hyderabad and here we have one of the best place for kids to enjoy indoor is OPLAY INDIA .it is my kids favourite place.

  3. Hey thanks for sharing this list of popular indoor games. Very helpful in this lockdown period.

  4. It is so niceπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

  5. Got some of them for my project

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