Kerala, located in southwestern part of India, is surely a must-visit destination for people all over the globe.
This land is home to picturesque places, serene backwaters, rivers, lakes, hill-stations and much more.
One gets to see many new festivals and games, as a part of the rich culture and tradition in this popular Indian state.
One such popular game is the ‘Vallam Kali’ or the boat race which is held annually in different places across Kerala.
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Every year, the Nehru Trophy boat race is held on the second Saturday of August at the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
Launched as an annual event in 1954, this boat race happens to be the most popular among the various boat races in Kerala.
Every year more than 200,000 people, including tourists, come to watch this fascinating event.
The boats are categorized based on the type of boat used, and the races are held as separate events.
The competition of the snake boats form the main event.
All the boat clubs which use snake boats participate in the main event.
Let’s take a look at some of the most fascinating sights from the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala.
At the start, various Snake boats (Chundan Vallams) line up for the event.
Every year, huge crowds gather at the lakefront to witness this amazing event which is held in the backwaters.
The end of each snake boat holds a flag depicting the boat club to which the boat belongs.
Also attached to the end of the boat are colorful garlands.
It takes a lot of strength to row and advance forward in the race.
All the rowers give their best effort to thrust forward and take the lead in the race.
They undergo immense training, practice sessions, and upgrade their rowing skills on a regular basis.
Each snake boat or chundan vallam can hold about 90 to 110 rowers.
The people standing on the boat encourage the rowers to put in the extra effort.
The snake boat which crosses the finish line first wins the event, and the particular boat club wins the Nehru Trophy.
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A snake boat marching along during the event is quite a sight to see.
The rowers work as a team and follow a simple rowing pattern.
Only the team with passionate and hard-working rowers can win the event.
Consistent rowing combined with extra effort helps the rowers to propel their boat and overtake the others.
Watching the sight of the snake boats racing ahead is truly a memorable one!
These picturesque sights depict an amazing event.
The coconut trees on either side of the lakefront, the blue skies, and boats on the beautiful backwaters make it a memorable event.
So, visit Kerala to witness this spectacular racing event in real time.
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