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Home Tours By Destination Kerala Tourism MV Vrinda (Luxury Cruise in the backwaters)

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MV Vrinda (Luxury Cruise in the backwaters)
Tour Code : KE 127
Duration : 3 Nights / 4 Days

It is a tour in luxury boat MV Vrinda through backwaters of Alleppey and Vembanad Lake. 4.5 Star MV Vrinda cruise is operated by Oberoi Hotels. This exclusive boat features 8 cabins all on the lower deck with windows overlooking the water. The cruiser also features a restaurant serving international, Indian and Kerala cuisine.


Day 01 : Cochin

You will be picked up from your Kochi address in the morning and then transferred to the point jetty for MV Vrinda (1 ½ hr). Once all guests are on board, the Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda will set sail along the main waterway on Vembanad Lake and enter the Alleppey canal. Lunch will be served on board. The cruiser sails along the scenic waterways for four hours and returns to the Vembanad Lake in time to watch the sunset. Later in the evening, guests enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized 'Kathakali' dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based in traditional Ayurvedic principles. The vessel will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty. Dinner is on board.

Day 02 : Cochin - Alleppey

Early morning, the Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head southwards to Alleppey. Breakfast will be served on board. The vessel will enter the waterways of the Pamba River through the Alleppey canal. Sailing through scenic backwaters, guests can observe life along these 'water highways' while passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The vessel will anchor near Kanjippadam and guests will be transferred to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters. For the next few hours, guests will observe and experience a way of life unique to this region, accompanied by a guide. This section of the cruise includes a visit to the half-statue of Lord Buddha at Karumadi and a traditional Kerala tharavad (family residence). Later in the day, guests return to Motor Vessel Vrinda where lunch will be served as the boat passes through picturesque stretches of the backwaters on the way back to Alleppey, known as the “Venice of the East”. Motor Vessel Vrinda will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty. Dinner is on board.

Day 03 : Vembanad Lake

Early in the morning, Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head South, past Kanjippadam. Vrinda will anchor near Chambakulam where guests will transfer onto the rice boat once again for a pre-lunch sightseeing excursion. Guests will visit St. Mary’s Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721 and Sree Bhagavathy Kshetram – a 100-year old Hindu temple to Mother Goddess - at Nedumudy. Guests can also explore the Chambakulam snake boat yard, which displays one of the traditional long snake boats used in races. To further the understanding and appreciation of this experience, a qualified guide will be present on board for the full day. After cruising through the backwaters in the afternoon, Motor Vessel Vrinda will return to Vembanad Lake, where guests can enjoy a “Mohiniattam” recital on board. This classical dance form, distinctive to Kerala, is also called the 'Dance of the Enchantress'. Dancers attired in beautiful traditional costumes perform with slow, graceful movements and highly emotive expressions.

Day 4

You will be transferred to Kochi City or airport for your onward program. Meal plan as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner).

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