The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda

Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, India

From $4500 in low season
From $5300 in high season

based on 7 nights

Prices start £3000 per person, combining the MV Vrinda with a tour of South India including flights, accommodation and transfers.

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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

  • Just 8 cabins make for an intimate stay

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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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Insider's View

The Keralan cuisine served onboard is outstanding.

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


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.

Discover the backwaters in true comfort on board The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda. Oberoi staff will look after you from the moment you embark onboard. Narrow palm-fringed waterways wind inland from the coast towards Vembanad lake, cutting through fertile paddy fields and lush farmland. 

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda has just eight well appointed cabins and guest are guaranteed quality Oberoi service not matched by any other boats in the backwaters area. Choose from a two or three night itinerary to make the most of your time and immerse yourself into the laid-back Keralan way of life.

The area is rich with rice, coconuts and bananas and the staff will serve up delicious Keralan and international cuisine. Dine on the upper deck with panoramic views of the waterways. During your stay onboard the boat, guests can enjoy evening performances

Please note that the boat does not sail between 1 May and 31 October due to the monsoon season.

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The cabins on board The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda 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.


Please note, The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda only allows children over the age of 12. We feel this boat is more suited to adults traveling without children. Please also be aware there are no specific facilities for children on board.


Enjoy fine-dining on board the boat, all prepared by the team of expert chefs. Dietary requirements can of course be catered to and guests will love the mix of local flavors in the menu.


Visit the stunning Vembanad Lake, the colorful waterways of Allepey and enjoy the nightly, traditional, cultural performances.


  • Backwaters - Experience Kumarakom

    Kumarakom is a village based on the edge of Lake Vembanadu. The village is beautifully laid out over a number of different picturesque islands and is a wonderful example of how people live in the backwaters.

  • Hampi - Full Day Visit to Hampi

    Today with your private guide, you will visit Hampi, the former beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire. The city continues to be an important religious center, housing the temple as well as other monuments belonging to the old city.

  • Mysore - Half Day Silk and Artisan Tour

    Learn the processes of thousand year old professions including a visit to a silk factory and stone carvers workshop.

  • Periyar - Boating at Lake Periyar

    Boating in the splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. Spot some fascinating wildlife from the boat including animals coming to drink on the lake.


Sailing dates

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

Location & directions

Cochin, Kerala and Karnataka, 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.

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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

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