The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda
Backwaters, Kerala and Karnataka, India
based on 7 nights
Prices start £3000 per person, combining the MV Vrinda with a tour of South India including flights, accommodation and transfers.
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
Just 8 cabins make for an intimate stay
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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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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.
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.
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.
Two or three night itineraries operate from October through to April.
Location & directions
Backwaters, 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.
How to get there
Fly into Cochin Airport. From there, The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda is just 1-hour's drive away by car.