MS Oberoi Vrinda
PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
For many, the only way to experience the Keralan backwaters is aboard one of its houseboats, synonymous with the area and a wonderfully relaxed way to take in its beauty. So, of course, we just had to find the houseboat for Yonderers, and the Oberoi Vrinda is that, allowing you to float around these fascinating waters in comfort and class.
The Oberoi Vrinda is a luxury cruise boat, spacious enough to allow you to enjoy a slightly longer stay on the backwaters, offering two and three night itineraries. You’ll take in ‘The Venice of the East’ in one of its eight cabins, cleverly designed to maximise space and comfortably furnished with en suites.
Delicious hand-crafted delicacies prepared by the chefs in the onboard kitchen can be enjoyed at your will, while sipping cardamom tea or South Indian coffee in the air conditioned restaurant, or on the outdoor terrace as you watch the lush, tropical world, with its rice paddies and villages, go by.
In the evenings, you’ll experience live traditional dance and music performance on the jetty, followed by a lavish dinner of regional and international dishes freshly prepared by Oberoi chefs. The Oberoi is a truly unique luxury pad on the water.