It's that time of the year again. The time to get away from cold temperatures and the smog, and head to a beach side vacation with the family. But instead of going the regular route of booking a shack by the sea, try something different. How about planning a cruise in the scenic backwaters of Kerala to bond with your loved ones while you holiday?
Located in Alleppey, The Oberoi MV Vrinda is perhaps one of the most luxurious backwater experiences in Kerala to make you experience God's Own Country like never before.
This beautiful motor vessel is ideal if you're looking for a luxurious family vacation. With beautiful rooms, stunning views of the serene backwaters, world class amenities, and a number of activities available on board, the MV Vrinda is the perfect way to unwind.
The luxurious MV Vrinda consists of eight elegant and aesthetically designed deluxe cabins, which are equipped with all modern amenities including a television, electronic safety deposit box, and attached bathrooms with plush toiletry. The cabins are designed to allow natural light to flood in during the day and for guests to enjoy the view from their rooms at night.
The cruise also has a 24-hour butler on call, WiFi and in-house entertainment system in every room. It also provides an airport shuttle as a part of the package to pick you up from and drop you back at Cochin airport. The boat also has an open deck with daybeds for guests to sun bathe during the day while enjoying a view of the wonderful backwaters.
The cruise is especially known for its courteous staff, who are always ready to serve you to the best of their ability.
The price for a 2 night stay starts at ₹49,500 (taxes extra). This includes all three meals, transfers to and from Cochin International Airport, daily excursions, and evening entertainment showcasing a traditional art form.
The MV Vrinda offers an unforgettable fine-dining experience. The chef prepares traditional lip-smacking delicacies in addition to some delicious continental food. The upper deck of the vessel houses a bar and lounge, where you can enjoy drinks and bar food. Some of the must-have preparations include the Malabar fish curry, espresso cheese mousse, orange salad, masala prawns, and meen moily. The food is prepared fresh everyday with local produce and is one of the highlights of the trip.
The best time to go is from December to March when the humidity is at its lowest and it is cool enough to bask in the sun during the day. You should avoid going here between March and May as the weather gets really hot and humid.
In a very short span of time, the MV Vrinda gives you a wholesome Kerala experience. From the moment you get on the cruise, it is a sensory delight. From enjoying your very first meal to spending the night gazing at stars, the excursion is an eventful one. You get to interact with local fishermen, take a ride in the traditional rice boat, visit some of the religious monuments in the state, and enjoy a traditional Kathakali dance performance in the evening.
The cruise starts sailing at Vembanad Lake and then moves into the Alleppey canal. The lake is situated about 50 km from Cochin city.
By Air: A flight from Mumbai to Cochin starts at about ₹2,500 one way. The cruise offers pickup and drop from Cochin International Airport as a part of the package.
By Road: The lake is situated at a distance of about 50 km from Cochin city and is easily accessible by road. Regular buses and taxes ply daily from the city and it takes about 1.5-2 hours to reach.
By Train: Kottayam serves as the nearest railway station with trains from all major cities plying here regularly.