BACKWATER HOLIDAYS- For The perfect Honeymoon
A self supporting eco-system vibrant with aquatic, plant and bird life, the backwaters of Kerala is a totally unique network that meanders past palm tree-fringed rice paddies and villages, before flowing into the Arabian Sea.
HEART OF INDIA welcomes you on board on the luxurious Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda take guests through the largest backwater stretch: Vembanad Lake, the vibrant waterways of Allepey: “Venice of the East”, and include nightly, traditional, cultural performances.
With just eight Deluxe Cabins, The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda offers some of the most luxurious, private accommodation on the backwaters of Kerala.
Furnished with king-size beds, panelled with rich, polished teak flooring and filled with natural light, our Deluxe Cabins are supremely comfortable
The restaurant is an elegant, all day dining space filled with natural light and refreshed throughout with views of the backwaters.
From intimate arrangements of smart wooden tables, guests may enjoy delightful views of tranquil lakes and palm-fringed shorelines, while over dinner they will be entertained by exclusive traditional dance and music performances. It offers international and regional cuisine from an on-board kitchen.
In the outside sitting area, guests can enjoy a cup of traditional cardamom tea while relaxing on wicker chairs and watching the world float by.
MORE ABOUT BACKWATERS
The Kerala backwaters are a chain of brackish lagoons and lakes lying parallel to the Arabian Sea coast (known as the Malabar Coast) of Kerala state in southern India. The network includes five large lakes linked by canals, both manmade and natural, fed by 38 rivers, and extending virtually half the length of Kerala state. The backwaters were formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of the many rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats range.
The Kerala Backwaters are a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 km of waterways, and sometimes compared to the American Bayou. In the midst of this landscape there are a number of towns and cities, which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises.
The backwaters have a unique ecosystem - freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea. In certain areas, a barrage has been built near Neendakara Kollam, salt water from the sea is prevented from entering the deep inside, keeping the fresh water intact. Such fresh water is extensively used for irrigation purposes.
Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, providing a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
Once all guests are on board, The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda sets sail along the main waterway on Vembanad Lake and enters the Alleppey canal. Guest can actively participate with the local fishermen and understand the life cycle of "karimeen" also known as "pearl spot”.
The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda sails along the scenic waterways for four hours and returns to the Vembanad Lake in time for the sunset.
Later in the evening, guests can enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized "Kathakali" dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabarata. Performances begin with the application of elaborate makeup which is based on traditional Ayurvedic principles.
Sailing through scenic backwaters, guests 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.
Guests will be transferred to a traditional rice boat to navigate through the narrower sections of the backwaters.
Guests 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 and a traditional Kerala tharavad (family residence).
The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda passes through picturesque stretches of the backwaters on the way back to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East".
The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda sails from the Vembanad Lake jetty and head south, past Kanjippadam where guests get transferred onto the rice boat for a pre-lunch sightseeing excursion.
Guests will be able to 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. Guests 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, The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda will return to Vembanad Lake, where guests 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.
The Oberoi Motor Vessel Vrinda will sail north/south along the main waterway channel on the Vembanad Lake and head South, past Pallathurathy.
A very unique holiday experience