The snake boat race of Kerala is one of the famous attractions of the state whose glory and beauty are known across the world. These exciting doings makes the still backwaters come alive. It is structured on the occasion of the festival of harvest, Onam, celebrated in the month of August or September.
The snake boat race of Kerala is an elating cultural fiesta of Kerala which captivates the audience who cheer up their favorite teams from the edges of the backwaters. The snake boat race has many participants that are 25 singers, 4 helmsmen, and 125 oarsmen. The fast rhythm of Vanchipattu which is a song of a boatman encourages oarsmen to row the snake boats faster.
The festival of Onam is well-known for the traditional activities and sports that are performed for more than 10 days. The most celebrated sport being the Snake Boat Races. These snake boats remember the Legend of the Vanishing Boy and have taken on even better significance since Prime Minister Nehru instituted a particular trophy. Each boat has a crew of 150 members which are accompanied by traditional singers that assist the rowers to keep time.
The boats of different sizes and shapes are used in the snake boat race. The admired styles of boats which are used in the race are Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Churulan Vallam and Kochu Vallam. Among these, the Churulan Vallam boat is the trendiest one. It is well-known as the snake boat. This type of boat is famous for its unique shape, big size, and lovely decorations. In the native language, snake boat is very well-known as Chundanvallam. The oldest and most well-liked snake boat race is closely related to the Shree Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha. The snake boat race is carried out on the Champakulam Lake on the day of moolam of the Malayalam month Midhunam, the day of the setting up of the idol at the Temple.
The 2 day Aranmula Boat Race is more a water carnival than a competition, performed in Onam. The Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race is one of those events, which the natives of Kerala look forward to with enthusiasm. Thousands of Keralites – women, men and kids, host the watersides of Alappuzha to witness the sight. Pavilions are designed for the audience on the banks and in the middle of the Punnamada Lake. So what are you waiting for? Come and enjoy the spectacular boat festival of Kerala together with the lavishing beaches and marvelous greenery.
Take a trip to Kerala, enjoy its well-known adventure activities and for no doubt, you will keep in mind the experience for long. There is so much to benefit from in this delightful state.