For those looking to cruise the enchanting backwaters of Kerala in style, the Oberoi MV Vrinda is the perfect choice.

Soak up beautiful scenery and absorb local sights as you meander through the tranquil waterways of ‘God’s own country’ on board this elegant vessel, cruising the picturesque canals and lakes. The gentle lapping of the water and balmy breezes make this a relaxing and unforgettable experience. This modern river cruiser has just eight cabins, all of which are located on the lower deck with windows overlooking the water, have kingsize beds and butler service. There‘s a restaurant which serves international, Indian and Keralan specialities. There‘s also bar where non-alcoholic drinks are served.

Departing from the private jetty on the edge of Lake Vembanad, the MV Vrinda makes its way into the scenic waterways for a day of exploration and returns to the lake every evening. There are two- and three-night itineraries available and you can board on the day of your choice between October and April. Highlights of the cruise include a trip on a traditional rice boat through the narrower backwaters, visits to the 18th-Century St Mary‘s Church and the 100-year-old Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram Hindu temple, and a sunset cruise on the lake. During your time on board you‘ll be able to observe the day-to-day life of those who live and farm on the banks of the water – a fascinating insight into life in this beautiful region.

Each night you can enjoy local entertainment such as a traditional ‘Kathakali’ dance during which performers tell tales from the Hindi mythologies of Ramayana and Mahabarata, and a Mohiniattam classical dance recital, otherwise known as the 'Dance of the Enchantress‘.


Key information

Airport transfer time: The MV Oberoi Vrinda departs from a private jetty close to the town of Alleppey, approx. 2 hours from Cochin airport
Rooms: 8

Good to know

The MV Vrinda does not have an alcohol licence, however guests can bring their own alcohol on board. The included experiences depend on the day you board the MV Vrinda, please call or speak to a Personal Travel Expert for further information.

Accommodation information

8 cabins

Activities

• Enjoy a sunset cruise on Lake Vembanad • Visit the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi h Explore the Chambakulam snake boat yard

Dining

Restaurant, bar

What's included

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant • Sightseeing excursions

*Denotes local charge