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The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda

Backwaters, Kerala, India

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda is a luxury boat that cruises the Keralan backwaters on two or three night itineraries from October through to April. The boat departs from Vembanad jetty, located south of Cochin in the heart of the beautiful backwaters.

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By combining different Oberoi properties throughout India for 6 nights or more you can make considerable savings with our very special Oberoi offer. September is a particularly good time to take advantage of this as the rates are fantastic and the monsoon has come to an end. Talk to our India specialists for more information on how to take advantage of the savings.

At a Glance

  • Explore the Keralan backwaters in true comfort

  • Enjoy awarding-winning service from Oberoi staff

  • Dine in the restaurant with panoramic views of the waterways

Couples, Culture

Insider's View

The Keralan cuisine served onboard is outstanding.

Daniel Smith

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda or take a look at our itineraries to Kerala and Karnataka


Discover the backwaters in true comfort whilst Oberoi staff look after you onboard from the moment you embark.

The Keralan backwaters are beautiful. Narrow palm-fringed waterways wind inland from the coast towards Vembanad lake, cutting through fertile paddy fields and lush farmland. The area is rich with rice, coconuts and bananas.

The Vrinda has just eight well appointed cabins and guest are guaranteed quality Oberoi service not matched by any other boats in the backwaters area.

Delicious Keralan and international cuisine is served on the upper deck which provides panoramic views of the waterways.


The Cabins are well designed with timber flooring and elegant features. Each cabin has its own en suite bathroom with shower and the bedrooms have comfortable furniture, a TV and DVD player.

Additional Notes

Sailing dates

Two or three night itineraries operate from October through to April.

Location & Directions

Backwaters, Kerala, India

Motor Vessel Vrinda sails on a three nights/four days itinerary from Vembanad Lake jetty. It is located 45 kms from the city of Cochin, around 1.5 hrs by car.

When to go

Isolated from much of India by the Western Ghats, the climate of Kerala & Karnataka is tropical and as a result of the mountain ranges the area isn’t as dry as much of India. The best time to visit is from January through to April. While there can be the occasional light showers these are just a prelude of the wet weather to come. The weather is generally hot and humid during this early summer. The monsoon season arrives in early June and thus can wash out July and August. September is much more humid as a result of the rainy season, and the fall can be dry but with the humidity this makes it feel quite warm. There can be a little rain in the night in October and November. The temperatures cool down and the humidity lets up as winter comes in around December, with this season lasting until February when the dry spring returns. Winter can be a pleasant time to visit, especially if you’re looking to head off the beach and explore the rest of this Indian land of mystery.

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