Kerala Boat Races ( Snake Boat Races )
Nehru Trophy Boat Race. It is held annually on the second Saturday of August at the Vembanad lake and is the most important tourist event of Alappuzha. Boats sponsored by different villages compete iercely in the competition. The highlights of this prestigious event is “Chundan Vallam”, the 130 feet long snake boats, with over 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders, decorated with colourful silk umbrellas. The race is also held during the tourist season on the third day of the Great Elephant March in mid January and is called as ‘Tourism Snakeboat Race’.
This famous regatta on Vembanad Lake in Alleppey takes place on the second Saturday of August each year, with scores of giant, low- slung chudan callam competing. Each boat is over 30m long with a raised, snaking prow, and is crewed by up to 100 rowers singing in unison and shaded by gleaming silk umbrellas. Watched avidly by thousands of cheering spectators, the annual event celebrates the seafaring and martial traditions of ancient Kerala with foats and performing arts.
Ticket entltle you to seats on bamboo terraces, which are erected for the races. Prices range form Rs75 to 500 for the Tourist Pavilion, which offers views of the finishing point and separates you from gatherings of rowdy men. Take food , drink and an umbrella.
The snake boat races of Kerala from July to September are:
Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
District : Alappuzha ( Ambalappuzha )
Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali
District : Pathanamthitta
District : Alappuzha (Payippad)
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
District : Alappuzha