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Kerala Backwaters - Luxury Cruise

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 16 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Honeymoon   Women Tours  
Season: October - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1800 US Dollar (USD)

Beaches, backwaters, wildlife, waterfalls, world class health and Ayurveda resorts, tea gardens and spice plantations, ancient rituals and colorful festivals – Kerala has been blessed with it all. Welcome To Kerala! Fringed by rolling hills on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west, lies this amazingly beautiful state in Southern India called Kerala - the land of green magic, a narrow, fertile strip on the South-West coast of India, sandwiched between the Lakshadweep Sea and the Western Ghats mountains. Kerala's arcane rituals and spectacular festivals stimulate even the most jaded imagination, continuing centuries of tradition that has never strayed far from the realms of magic.No wonder it is also called "God's Own Country"

The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda offers some of the most luxurious accommodation on the backwaters of Kerala with just eight king sized, Deluxe Cabins to guarantee the utmost privacy for the guests.

The Three night luxury cruises on board The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda take guests through the largest backwater stretch: Vembanad Lake, the vibrant waterways of Alleppey: "Venice of the East", and include nightly, traditional, cultural performances

Day 1: Arrive Cochin.

On arrival at Cochin International Airport/Railway Station, you are greeted and whisked away to the historic Willington Island to check into the Le Meridian or similar Hotel (Standard Rooms) (Room Check in 14:00 hrs)

Afternoon accompanied by a well-qualified Guide, explore this ancient harbor, with its rich colonial past.Explore this ancient harbor, with its rich colonial past. Visit the old spice market at Mattancherry, the antique shop on Jew’s street, the Synagogue, the Dutch palace, St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. The Santa Cruz Basilica originally built in 1557 by the Portuguese and of course, the famous Chinese fishing nets which are huge cantilevered fishing nets believed to have been brought to Kochi by the Chinese traders, few centuries back. Finish your tour with a visit to Wellington Island, named after Lord Wellington, now the headquarters of the Southern Naval Command of India. Evening enjoy a harbor cruise. Return to hotel for overnight stay. (Check-in 14:00 hrs)

Day 2: Arrive Cochin – Vembanad Boat Jetty – Houseboat.

Morning after breakfast transfer by surface transportation to Vembanad Lake Jetty where you will be taken to your Luxury cruiser to begin your 3 Nights adventure aboard the Oberoi Motor Vessel “Vrinda” Vrinda is docked at a private jetty on Vembanad Lake, at Pathiramanal, Kayyipuram, near Alleppey. The distance from here to Cochin is 70 km, approximately two hours- drive.

Once all guests are on board by 11 AM, the Motor Vessel will set sail along the main waterway on Vembanad Lake and enter the Alleppey canal. You can actively participate with the local fisherman and understand the life cycle of "karimeen" also called as "pearl spot”. Lunch will be served on board.

“Vrinda” sails along the scenic waterways for four hours and returns to the Vembanad Lake in time to watch the sunset. Later in the evening, you get to 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 Ayurveda principles. The Motor Vessel will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty. Dinner on board.

Day 3: On board “Vrinda”.

Morning “Vrinda” will set sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head south, towards Alleppey. Breakfast will be served on board. Sailing through scenic backwaters, you 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.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters. For the next few hours, you 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.

Later in the day, return to The Oberoi 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". It will return to Vembanad Lake, where you can enjoy an evening listening to Vrinda Vadiyam a musical fusion of classical instruments. Motor Vessel will anchor for the night at the Vembanad Lake jetty. Dinner on board.

Day 4: On board “Vrinda”.

Morning “Vrinda” will sail from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head south, past Kanjippadam and will anchor near Chambakulam where you will be once again transferred onto the rice boat for a pre-lunch sightseeing excursion.

You 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. You 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.

Evening “Vrinda” will return to Vembanad Lake, where you 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. Dinner on board.

Day 5: Departure “Vrinda”.

Morning “Vrinda” will sail North along the main waterway channel on the Vembanad Lake and head South, past Pallathurathy. Breakfast will be served on board; following which guests will check out at 10 am and will be transported by air-conditioned vehicle back to Cochin International airport.

End of Our Services - We sincerely hope that you had an “incredible” experience while in India and take this opportunity to wish you a happy & memorable journey back home.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation for 01 night in 5 star Luxury hotel with attached bath & toilet on twin occupancy basis, at Cochin (Kochi) inclusive of breakfast and presently applicable taxes.
- Accommodation for 3 nights on board Oberoi motor vessel Vrinda in AC Deluxe Cabins with attached bath & toilet on twin occupancy basis, inclusive of all meals on board.
- A dedicated, 24-hour personal butler
- Transfers & Sightseeing using an air-conditioned car with your personal chauffeur as per itinerary
- 2 time Rice boat excursion
- 1 Harbor cruise in Kochi
- Daily local art & culture entertainment programs on board the MV Vrinda
- Sightseeing & Excursions with services of a local English-speaking guide
- Evening entertainment on board Vrinda as per itinerary
- Professional service charges for documentation, telecommunication, Govt. service tax, VAT and service charges.

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