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The Oberoi - Vrinda

Luxury Stay At A Cruiser In Backwaters

Willingdon Island, Kochi
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OffbeatA truly hidden and local experience
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LuxuryExtreme luxury for people who want extra
The backwaters of Kerala form a unique network of ‘water highways’ that meander past palm tree-fringed rice paddies and villages growing coconuts, spices, pepper and cashews, before flowing into the Arabian Sea. Allow yourself to switch off and unwind is easy when you cruise in 5-star luxury with The Oberoi Vrinda, Luxury Kerala Cruiser along the backwaters. They take in the best of “The Venice of the East”, and give you the liberty to do as much or as little as you please. For your culinary del show more

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Tropical Heaven

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The Oberoi - Vrind
Situated in lush, tropical southwestern India, Kerala is best known for its unique backwaters; a self-supporting ecosystem.
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The Dining
In the evening, a live traditional dance and music performance on the jetty is followed by a lavish dinner in the restaurant.
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Reside In Comfort
All your meals, a private butler, evening entertainments, outdoor excursions and more comes included in your stay.

Quick gist

About the stay

  • For Day 1: Cruise along the main waterways from Vembanad Lake to Alleppey.
  • Meet local fishermen fishing for 'karimeen', also called 'pearl spot'.
  • Enjoy an authentic performance of 'Kathakali' dance which tells stories from the ancient Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabarata.
  • Relish some meals freshly prepared on board by Oberoi chefs.
  • For Day 2: Rice boat excursion along narrow rural waterways. Witness farming below sea level.
  • Visit the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala 'tharavad' (family residence).
  • Enjoy a traditional performance of 'Vrindavadyam', a musical fusion of classical instruments.
  • Relish some meals freshly prepared on board by Oberoi chefs.
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  • Visit St. Mary's Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721, and Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram, a 100-year old Hindu temple.
  • Witness a 'Mohiniattam' classical dance, also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'.
  • Relish some meals freshly prepared on board by Oberoi chefs.
  • For Day 3: At 10.00 am, after breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.

Where is this?

  • Your houseboat is nestled in the tropical backwaters of Kerala.
  • She charts her way through the main waterway on Vembanad Lake to the busy network of canals around Alleppey.
  • Experience narrow waterways that can only be accessed in traditional rice boats.
  • Be mesmerized with Christian Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, a Hindu-inspired palace, Chinese fishing nets and much more!

With whom?

  • There are a total of 8 deluxe cabins.
  • 1 of these shall be reserved under your name. You'll have access to the common facilities with the private cabin.

You get

  • Accommodation onboard The Oberoi Vrinda, Luxury Kerala cruiser.
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to you.
  • Return transfers between Cochin airport and Vembanad Lake jetty.
  • All excursions and an expert guide.
  • Evening entertainment is also covered.

Things to remember

  • Your personalisation of the package comes at an additional charge.

Something unique

The houseboat unravels a world of stupendous luxury and premium hospitality!

Tips from insiders

  • You can get the entire cruise ship booked as well.