Thursday, 25 July 2013

Enchanting Tour With Boat Races in Kerala

    Kerala’s Boat Races
Kerala is a place blessed with all sorts of tourism attractions.
The green meadows are one of the upbeat points of its attractions. Kerala is also blessed with a lot of water bodies and astounding events which take place in water which is always a delight for the local people and a chief attraction for the tourists. Boat Race is one of them and also the most entertaining one.

The boat races of Kerala have a long history of about 400 years. It can be linked with the kings of Alleppey and the neighboring areas who used to fight with each other in boats along the canals. One of the kings, who suffered heavy losses during these fights, got the boat architects to build him a strong boat and thus the snake boat was born. There are some major races and fifteen minor ones which are held yearly in around Alleppey. These races are held from July to September, with the dates varying every ear depending on the stage of the moon.

NEHRU TROPHY: This boat race is one of the popular boat races in Kerala, held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha in Kerala. The popular event in this race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats); hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first prime minister of India, visited Kerala in 1952. Having experienced the marvelous excitement of a snake boat race, Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to the winner of the race. From then it is held in the memory of late prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

CHAMPAKULAM BOAT RACE: This race is the first one set its mark and it symbols the day that the idol of the Hindu God Krishna was installed in the Sree Krishna Temple in Ambalappuzha, not far-off from Alleppey. The event also features out of the ordinary water floats, boats are adorned with vibrant parasols, and performing artists. You can catch this event along the Pampa River at Champakulam, not far away from Alleppey.

ARANMULA SNAKE BOAT RACE: This boat race is held during the great harvest festival of Onam in the month of August-September, located at Arnamula, near a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The small hamlets on the banks of the Pampa Rivers participate as the contestants of this boat race; it is taken as festive celebrations rather than a competition. The winners do get a trophy and it brings a lot of joy to the villagers but this does not bring any rivalry between them. The race features customarily dressed rowers, accompanied by groups of 25 singers as they are applauded by a lively crowd.

HOW TO GET TO THESE BOAT RACES: The transportation to these boat races is simple as the nearby airport to Alleppey is in Kochi, 85 km away. Alleppey has its own railway station, situated a short distance of the town, and is easy to get to from Ernakulum (near Kochi). The adjacent railway station to Aranmula is Chengannur, 10 km away. A cab is often the best answer to travel around the region.


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