Spirit of Kerala
Story Dated: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 22:2 hrs IST
Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Venue: Punnamadakayal, Alappuzha
Nehru Trophy Boat Race, held on 14 August this year, is one of the most important boat races in Kerala. It is an annual event conducted on the second Saturday of August every year, in the afternoon. The main event consists of a stiff competition between the magnificent snake boats known as 'chundanvallams' for the coveted trophy. These boats stretch about 100 feet in length, with a raised prow, resembling the raised hood of a snake. They are manned by some 100 rowers who row vigorously to the accompaniment of the 'vanchipattu' to lend vocal support to their physical efforts. The race commences with a ceremonial water procession comprising of floats and a variety of craft.
Nearest Railway Station: Alappuzha
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km away.