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Nehru Boat Race - A Pageantry of Boats

A spectacular event at Punnamada in Alappuzha, Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most colourful boat race in the God's own country. Boats of varying sizes compete in various events in the boat race. Watching the huge boats darting through the blue backwaters creates a spectacular scene. Rhythm of Vanchipattu (Boat songs) adds to its beauty. The day of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala brings loads of excitement. Giant snake boats are prepared and adorned to make them stand out of the rest. Some of them are of even 100 feet long. Seeing hundreds of men rowing life size boats in a rhythm is a beautiful experience. Winning this race is a matter of pride for the participants as well as for villagers.


Time

This annual boat race falls on the second Saturday of August and brings great cheer to locals and travellers alike. On the day of Nehru Boat Race, the calm water of Punnamda Lake become furious and shadows numerous vibrant colours. Lakhs of spectators flock at the shores to witness this grand event which is a great sight to behold. Locals take the Nehru Trophy Boat Race very seriously and start preparing for it well in advance.


Significance

This boat race was first organised in 1952 in the honour of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and became an important part of the region. Panditji got so thrilled and excited during the performance of the oarsmen that he jumped into one of the Chundan Vallom. The boat continued to the boat jetty carrying the Prime Minister. After experiencing the terrific excitement of sailing in a snake-boat, he donated a trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race.


Celebration

The water festival offers unique sights to the onlookers. A large number of participants in a racing boat signify its uniqueness. The synchronized method of rowing boats is a spectacle to behold. The challenging boat competition thrills the beholders and inspires them with wonderful awe with the fun and festivity it brings.


Highlights

A Silver Trophy is given to the winner of this thrilling competition. The trophy is a mimeo of a snake boat positioned on a wooden abacus. It has the words “To the winner of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore – Cochin” inscribed on it.

Behold the water extravaganza of Kerala with Nehru Trophy Boat Race!



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