Snake Boat Races in Kerala
A Pulsating Water Sports Activity

Kerala is one of the famous tourist destinations of India which is visited by millions of tourists every year. Each attractions of this destination has its own unique charm which enthrall and excite tourists who come here for a pleasurable holidays. Kerala boat race is one of the known attractions of the state whose glory is renowned across the globe. The boat race of is an exciting water sports fiesta which make tranquil water alive. The boat race is organised on the occasion of Onam which is festival of harvest celebrated in the month of August or September.

This is an exhilarating cultural fiesta of Kerala which captivates attention of spectators who are cheering up teams from the bank. Kerala boat race is participated by 4 helmsmen, 25 singers and 100-125 oarsmen. The fast rhythm of vanchipattu which is the song of the boatman excites and energises oarsmen to oar faster and faster.

There are various shapes and sizes of boat participate in the boat race. The popular styles of boat which participates in the race are Odi Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Kochu Vallam, Churulan Vallam and more. Among these the Churulan Vallam style of boat is the most popular one. It is popularly known as the snake boat. This type of boat is famous for its big size, shape and exquisitely decorations. In local language snake boat are popularly known as Chundanvallams.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race

It is the most popular type of Kerala snake boat race whose glory is acclaimed throughout the world. This is an annual festival conducted on the Punnamada backwaters of Alappuzha district on the second Saturday of August month. More than 16 chundan vallams participates in the race. There are other types of boat race also organized for small boats like veppu, churulan and odi. There are various category and stages of race are organized with a prize for each category. This boat race was first held in 1952 to commemorate the visit of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Since then it is named as Nehru trophy boat race.

Tourists who wish to enjoy the thrill and excitement of boat race prefer Kerala tour in the month of August. This month is also the time of festivals in Kerala. During the visit in this season tourists also gets an opportunity to experience the diverse and beautiful culture of the state.

Some of the famous Kerala boat races are:

  • Payippad Jalotsavam
  • Aaranmula
  • Indira Gandhi
  • Champakulam Moolam
  • Orchirakali

Large number of tourists prefers to see Snake Boat Races in Kerala because of its fun, thrill and excitement. It is one of the major attractions of Kerala tour which enthrall and excite tourists during their visit to this place.

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