India is increasingly becoming a central location for luxury travel and river cruises. Luxury River Cruises in India are all the more spectacular because of the availability of large number of ports and beaches here. The long coastline of India, the plethora of islands and proximity to three water bodies – Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, make India a luxury cruise destination unmatched to any other. These luxury cruises gives the travelers the opportunity to observe the amazing geography of this heritage land.
Following are the top 10 Best River Cruises and Boat Rides in India
Sunderban river cruise
Sunderbans Luxury Cruises head for the Sunderbans, the land of Royal Bengal Tigers, located at the Southern tip of West Bengal in India. Vivada, Vivada Inland Waterways Limited, offers weekly cruise packages comprising of three nights and four days, moving in the terrain of the stunning Sunderbans, from East to West and North to South in a round trip. The majestic journey through marine is a way to the pristine beaches, mystic river, traditional villages, dense forests, several creeks and islands rich in flora and fauna. There are galore of activities to enthrall you. The journey is not only water; it provides you an insight into the life at the islands at Sunderbans, the culture and traditions of rural Bengal.
Kolkata Varanasi on the Ganga
RV Bengal Pandaw operated 12 nights on Board in the ship has created ripples amongst the cruise enthusiasts. The itinerary is a culmination of colonial India, ancient temples, Nawabi heydays, Buddhist heritages and much more. An epitome of luxury travel, the cruise covers Chandernagore, Murshidabad, Fararka, Rajamhal, Vikramshila and Patna.
Brahmaputra River Cruise
Brahmaputra cruise is among the top luxury cruises in India. The possibility of an adventure will leave you enthralled. The unique feature of Brahmaputra Cruise is the wildlife, scenery, and the vastness of the seas. A 10 night river cruise on the impressive Brahmaputra is operated by Assam Bengal Navigation. The tour originates at a river ghat located between Jorhat and Dibrugarh, and ends at Guwahati. Guests enjoy dining and bar facilities here apart from accommodation.
Boat Rides, Chilika Lake
The best way to explore Chilika, the largest inland brackish water body in Asia is perhaps by boat rides. Boats are available from Barkul, Balugaon, Satpada, Rambha transport passengers to the various islands like Kalijai, Nalabana, Brahmapura et al. other than ferry services you can also get private services by Inland water Transport Department.
Alappuzha-Kochi Backwater cruise
A backwater cruise, in a luxurious houseboat from Alappuzha to Kochi is popular all over India. the journey passes through splendid Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala, following the Kuttanad region which is popularly known as rice bowl of Kerala, making it way to the Kumarakom, Vaikom, Kumbalangi and finally Bolghatty Island.
Cruise on River Mandovi Goa
Goa is not only sand and surf, the cruises on River Mandovi are equally appealing to the tourists. Goa Tourism Development Corporation operates various cruises from the Santa Monica jetty in Panaji. The cruise offers you enchanting historical sights of the Adil Shah Palace, colonial buildings which are the epitome of the Portuguese era, Miramar Beach, shoreline of Verem and Betim on the river`s northern bank and then again returns back to the Santa Monica Jetty. Visitors get all the amusements on board including live music and dance to get into the party mood.
Boat cruise on the River Ganges, Varanasi
A boat excursion on the holy waters of river Ganges in the sacred city of Varanasi is the experience unmatched. Be it the early morning or during the twilight hours, the spiritual Ghats of Varanasi are always flocked by the pilgrims. A boat ride is the perfect way to understand the ethos of Varanasi, get blend with the daily activities on the river banks like worship to the sun god, holy men meditating, cremating the dead on the banks, everything that is enough to maximize your travelling experience through the spiritual India.
Boat Cruise, Sangam, Allahabad
Triveni Sangam is the famous spiritual place known for the merge of three Hindu holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the third invisible river Saraswati. A boat ride to the merge spot is a fascinating and memorable experience. Yamuna has a dark color of bluish-black and after few more minutes you could see the Ganga with a kind of muddy color. The best part of the ride is perhaps the place where a distinct line separates the two river waters.
Rajahmundry, Bhadrachalam Godavari River Launch Journey
The journey in a launch on river Godavari from Rajahmundry to Kunavaram near the temple town of Bhadrachalam or Sriramagiri is one of the popular tourist attractions of Andhra. The km cruise covers a journey of 13 hours. The journey through the water takes you to the various temples and hills along River Godavari. Maha Nandiswara temple, Pattiseema, Polavaram Project area, Papi Hills, Perantallapali, Sri Rama temple at Sri Ramagiri are some destinations you cover with the cruise.
Yanam River Cruise
Yanam on the eastern coast of India is under the administrative control of Union Territory of Puducherry. Yanam offers cruisers on River Vasishta, one of the seven distributaries of River Godavari before it merges the Bay of Bengal. A luxury cruise “Shuddha Saveri” operated by M/s Saveri Projects Private Limited, offers scenic view of the landscapes, back waters, islands and river confluence points.