God’s Own Country draws visitors year on year for many wonderful highlights in its calendar. One such highlight takes full advantage of the state’s many waterfronts and must be explored by sports lovers. These are the snake boat races, which are organized across the backwaters, one of the major tourist places in Kerala. The races are mesmerizing as lines of boaters row at full speed to reach the finish line first. They are a sight and must be witnessed at least once in your lifetime!
Here is a list of five popular boat races in Kerala that you must see during your next family vacation.
1. Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Dedicated in the memory of late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, this race is held during the monsoons at Punnamda Lake in Alleppey. It will be held on 11th August this year. Spectators throng to watch this race, in which competitors compete with much gusto. You will need to purchase tickets in advance.
2. ChampakkulamMoolam Boat Race
This boat race celebrates the day when the Krishna idol was mounted in the Shree Krishna Temple of theAmbalappuzha region. It is one of Kerala’s oldest races and the boats are colorfully decorated and filled with performers. It will be held in theChampakkulam Lake on 28th July.
3. AranmulaVallamkali Boat Race
It is a two-day race held during Onam. 26 Palliyodam boats compete along with a large installation of Lord Krishna. The boats are decorated in parasols. It is organized on the pious Pampa River in the month of August or September.
4. Payippad Boat Race
To mark the installation of the statue of Lord Subramanya at theHaripad Subramanya Temple, this boat race is organized in the month of September on the Payippad Lake. This is a three-day boat race festival, which happens during Onam.
5. Sree Narayana Jayanthi Vallam Kali
Held on the Vembanad Lake during the Onam festivities in September each year, this race celebrates the arrival of Sree Narayana Guru to Kumarakom. Apart from the boat race, there are parades with Sree Narayana Guru’s portrait kept on the boats in reverence. The most successful ’Iruttukuthi’ boat is given the ‘Sri Narayana Ever Rolling Trophy.’
Where to stay
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