You may have seen, admired and experienced some of the captivating sights on land in God's Own Country. For those who are on the lookout for a new experience, a change from their tryst with land while in Kerala, why not opt for an experience on the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea.
And to make it happen, get on board one of the elegant yachts operated by 'The Malabar Yacht Club' located at Mattancherry in Kochi. Called Gazelles, the yachts and the facilities at the club are being promoted by the Kondo Syokai Group, who is credited with operating the first yacht charter in India. Each yacht is manned by a crew of two and can accommodate six sleeping guests comfortably. The yachts also feature facilities like toilet, shower and galley.
The yacht club currently offers sailing holidays in India, in the Lakshadweep Islands and in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The sailing options from Kochi includes coastal sailing, which is day sailing in and around the costal waters of Kochi. During the cruise, guests on board can enjoy waterside views of Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Island, Vypeen Island and the array of Chinese fishing nets and can enjoy the company of dolphins by the side of the boat. The waters off the coast offer ideal conditions for swimming and obviously one can relax and can bite into some of the food delights served on board.
As part of its sailing holidays in India, the yacht club does coastal sailing trips from Kochi with overnight sail to Cherai and Marari beaches. The 'Gazelles' set sail from Kochi early morning and drop anchor off the beaches before evening. With lunch on board the evening meal would take the form of a beach barbeque. Guests can sleep overnight on the yacht and after breakfast the next day, sail back to Kochi. On request, longer duration of sails is also offered by the yacht club.
Sailing to the mesmerizing coral islands of Lakshadweep and also to the breathtaking Andamans and Nicobar Islands are other options offered by the yacht club to its guests.
Feel the wind in your hair, relax to the lullaby of the waves or else take in the inspiring sights of coastal Kerala, while you stay afloat on the Gazelles.
Kondo Syokai Leisure India
12/167 Thykootathil House
Phone: +91 934 924 7899
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 10 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 42 km
Latitude: 9.931564, Longitude: 76.267884