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River and Ocean Tours India

The cruise holidays in India is just catching its way. In last many years many companies has emerged in India. Mumbai has become  centre for cruise liners. Now many cruise tours to Kerala, Goa and Lakshadweep Islands start from Mumbai.
A cruise vacation can be completely relaxing and rejuvenating. Best food can be enjoyed during a cruise with So many other activities.

Kerala Backwater’s Cruise:
The backwaters of Kerala are popular and unique tourist attractions of Kerala. The calm backwaters passing through lush green vegetation make a splendid setting for tourists to relax and explore the natural beauty and culture of Kerala. Houseboats moves gently in calm waters, cool refreshing air, chirping birds flying in the sky and wild animals playing along the shores attract visitors a lot.

Assam Bengal Navigation:
ASSAM BENGAL NAVIGATION is an Indo-British joint venture; it has offices in London and Guhawati. In 2003 ABN organised long-distance river cruising in River Brahmaputra in Assam, and in 2007 it was also the first to run cruises on the River Hugli between Kolkata and the Ganges.

Wildlife is the main features of a Brahmaputra cruise - the river bed is often 20 or 30km across. The cruises here also give chance  to see  number of India's National Parks, including Kaziranga,  and Manas, a Project Tiger Reserve on the Bhutan border

The first luxury river boat, the "Charaidew" with 12 air-conditioned en-suite cabins was joined in 2006 by her identical sister ship "Sukapha". The ships are operated on the Brahmaputra from October to April, and on the Hugli during the summer time.

The Hugli is a more intimate waterway, surrounded by villages and rural landscape of jute fields and mango orchards. The main interest here is on culture, whether Hindu, Muslim or Colonial.

Vivada Cruise Destination: Sunderbans
Kolkata has been a gateway for tourists to the East and North East of India for last many years. As a destination it presents a vast choices ranging from Pilgrimage tours, history trails to wildlife destinations. Now there is yet another reason to visit East India, Now it offers you on an unforgettable journey into the Sunderbans – the world’s most mysterious forest.
Sunderbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the largest delta between the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers and is also one of the biggest tiger reserves of the world. Sunderbans is all about   winding rivers   impenetrable mangrove forests, lush sundari trees, spotted deer.

The cruiser has 12 Luxury Rooms on the First deck and 20 Deluxe Rooms on the main deck, all airconditioned with attached bath and hot & cold running water. The amenities include tea and coffee maker, intercom and locker on request. The cruiser offers regional Indian and western foods at its various restaurants and coffee shop and has a very good bar.

You can enjoy Ayurvedic treatments in the massage parlours besides steam and sauna facilities or have a workout at the gymnasium.

You can get very good collection of books and movies at the library or have a games session at the lounge. Explore the art gallery and artisan’s workshop for paintings, sculptures and a unique collection of tribal and modern art forms, some of them performing live or just laze around on the Sun deck.

The cruiser sets sail every Friday from the Strand Road Jetty (Millennium Park) in Kolkata, on a 3 nights / 4 day journey through the Sunderbans sailing along the beautiful Ganges River. The check-in on the cruiser is a day prior to the sailing day and one can have some good time exploring the cruiser. The first anchor is at Bhagabatpur for a visit to the Crocodile Project. A gala dinner is hosted the same evening on the cruiser accompanied with music from modern and traditional Bengal.

The next day is the day to explore the lifestyle of the people of Sunderbans, their traditions and culture with the rich biodiversity. One can visit watchtowers, go for canopy walk at some islands - Bonnie Camp, Netidhopani/Dobanki, Sajnekhali.Later One can experience farming, paddy husking, honey packing, fishing and various occupations of the region. After sunset drama Bono Bibir Pala, a rich folklore of Sunderbans can be enjoyed. Later a traditional Bengali meal with Bengali folk songs are organized.

The fourth and the final day is for the cruiser to begin its journey back to Kolkata. Depending upon the tides the cruiser may anchor to allow for a visit to locales which were not visited on the previous days.

Indian Ocean Cruises
Skillfully refurbished in 2006, M S Ocean Odyssey has a distinctive ambience created by her experienced and professional crew. As a small 4 star vessel she carries just 250 passengers, has ample teak deck space, swimming pool, Jacuzzi’s, refurbished Dining Room and Main Lounge, Library, internet facilities, Fitness Centre featuring modern equipment, Spa & Beauty Salon.