Champakulam Boat Race

Type : Cultural
Month : July
Location : Alleppey, Kerala

Champakulam Boat Race is held every year at the Champakulam Lake in Alappuzha, Kerala. This is the first boat race of the harvest season of the state. The race is organized in the Malayalam month Midhunam on the melam day, the day of the installation of the deity at the Sree Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha. Champakulam Boat Race is the most popular and oldest snake boat race of Kerala. This race is associated with a legend. On the advice of a royal priest, Maharaja Deva Narayana of Chempakasseri built a temple at Ambalappuzha. But, just prior to the installation of the deity, the king came to know that the idol was inauspicious. The ministers of the king told a solution to the problem. They suggested bringing the idol of Shree Krishna, presented to Arjuna by the Lord Krishna himself, from the Karikulam temple of Kurichi. The ministers went to the place to bring the idol. While returning from the temple they spent a night at Champakulam to perform a puja. From there, boats of the entire area accompanied the idol in colorful, ceremonial procession through the lake to the temple. Celebrating that moment, the whole procession is enacted every year with the same enthusiasm. A line of boats festooned with colorful parasols and performing arts delights the spectators before the Champakulam Boat Race. After that, a proper race is organized in various stages for different categories of boats. The song of the oarsmen, the Vanchipattu, and the breathtaking Chundanvallom race are the other attractions of the event

How to Get Alleppey

By Air

Nearest airport Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha town

By Rail

Alappuzha nearest railway station, about 5 km from the beach

By Road

It is connected by all the major cities of Kerala distances are given below-

  • Kottayam-50 Kms
  • Cochin-64 kms
  • Guruvayoor-173 kms
  • Munnar-192 kms