Set Sail With 5 Unforgettable Cruise Experiences Across India

The backwaters of Kerala.
The backwaters of Kerala.Viator

From the early days of exploration, when intrepid adventurers set sail to discover new horizons, to the era of opulent luxury liners, the allure of sailing has always offered a unique perspective on the world. While the cruise culture in India may still be in its nascent stage, a select group of operators and companies throughout the country are swiftly establishing themselves as trailblazers, offering innovative ways to experience the nation while embracing a slower, more leisurely pace of travel. These state-of-the-art vessels, adorned with modern luxuries and comforts, provide an exquisite vantage point from which to immerse oneself in India's rich tapestry of culture, history, and wildlife. From the captivating backwaters of Kerala to the bustling ports and storied cities that line the sacred Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, we present to you our handpicked selection of the five most exceptional cruises in India, beckoning you to embark on a remarkable voyage this year.

I. A Backwater Cruise in Kerala

A houseboat cruising through the backwaters of Kerala
A houseboat cruising through the backwaters of KeralaWendy Wu Tours

Experience the tranquil beauty of Kerala's backwaters on a traditional houseboat. Cruise along the palm-fringed canals, lagoons, and lakes, immersing yourself in the serenity of the surroundings. The backwater cruise offers a unique opportunity to witness local life, enjoy delicious Kerala cuisine, and soak in stunning natural landscapes. The best cruise service here is provided by CGH Earth.

Book your Kerala backwater cruise here.

II. A Brahmaputra River Cruise

The MV Mahabaahu cruise ship on Brahmaputra during sunset near Peacock Island
The MV Mahabaahu cruise ship on Brahmaputra during sunset near Peacock IslandHike Bike Travel

Embark on a mesmerizing journey along the mighty Brahmaputra River in Assam. This cruise takes you through the Kaziranga National Park, lush tea gardens, wildlife reserves, and charming riverside villages of the northeastern region. Explore the vibrant cultures, spot exotic wildlife, and savor the flavors of Assam as you navigate through this enchanting river. The most renowned operator here is the MV Mahabaahu.

Book your Brahmaputra River cruise here.

III. A Sunderbans River Cruise

Sunderbans Luxury Cruise
Sunderbans Luxury CruiseBanBanjara

The Sunderbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its Bengal tiger and mangrove forests. Explore the mystical mangrove forests of the Sunderbans National Park on a river cruise in West Bengal. Sail through the intricate network of channels, spotting crocodiles, various migratory birds, terrapins and if you’re lucky, the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Sunderbans and learn about its unique ecosystem and conservation efforts. The most famous cruise services here are Vivada and Antara.

Book your Sunderbans River cruise here.

IV. A Mumbai-Goa Cruise

A Cordelia cruise ship on the Mumbai-Goa route
A Cordelia cruise ship on the Mumbai-Goa routeThrillophilia

Discover the vibrant coastal state of Goa from a different perspective by embarking on a cruise along the Arabian Sea. It is a two-night cruise along the Konkan coast. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Goa's coastline, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, indulge in water sports, and witness breathtaking sunsets. Goa cruises offer a mix of relaxation, entertainment, and stunning coastal views. There are several operators in this route but the most famous and reliable cruise service is Cordelia.

Book your Mumbai-Goa cruise here.

V. An Andaman Islands Cruise

Inside a cruise ship enroute from Kolkata to Andaman
Inside a cruise ship enroute from Kolkata to AndamanExperience Andamans

Set sail on a cruise to the stunning Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Explore the pristine white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs. Discover the rich marine life through snorkeling and scuba diving adventures. Andaman Islands cruises offer a perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and natural beauty. You can embark on an Andaman cruise from Kolkata, Chennai, and Visakhapatnam. There are many cruise options here but once again, Cordelia is the most reliable.

Book your Andaman cruise here.

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