NEHRU TROPHY BOAT RACE

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad, coming to watch the event. For the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory at this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come. The major attraction of the boat race is the competition of snake boats chundans vallams or snake boats. Chundans (snake boats) are an impressive sight, measuring over 100 feet in length, with a raised prow. They were called snake boats by the former colonial rulers, who based the name on a native boat found in Norway, although Kerala's Chundans bear little resemblance to their European namesakes.

The race courser having a length of about 1370 meters is divided into various tracks for the conduct of the competition. When they are advancing through various tracks, it appears like the fast moving snakes. The oarsmen splash the oars in unison with the rhythmic chants and beats of drums. The movements of competing boats are so thrilling that the spectators get a tune with the excited mood of the surrounding uproars.

Festival Dates 27 JAN 2013 - 28 FEB 2013

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SUGGESTED SKETCH ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrive Cochin
Day 02 Cochin
Day 03 Cochin / Periyar drive
Day 04 Periyar
Day 05 Periyar / Kumarakom drive
Day 06 Kumarakom / Allepey to witness "Nehru Trophy Boat Race"
Day 07 InAllepey. Cruise along the Backwaters sailing on a House Boat
Day 08 Allepey /Kovalam drive
Day 09 Kovalam Beach
Day 10 Kovalam Beach
Day 11 Kovalam / Trivandrum / Departure

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