Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Type : sports
Months :August
Location : Punnamada, - Alleppey, Kerala

Nehru Trophy Boat race is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, kerala, India. Vallam Kali or Vallam kali literally means boat race. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (Snake Boats). Hence the race is also known as snake Boat Race. Other types boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan vallam, Odi vallam, (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam. The race conducted on the second Saturday of August every year is a major tourist attraction.

Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India visited Kerala in 1952. He was given a roaring reception by the people of Alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats. Having gone through the tremendous excitement of sailing in a snake-boat Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are inscribed

Every year on the second Saturday of August, the serene waters of the Punnamada Lake bear witness to a majestic feat as it is set afire by many a snake boat slicing across the waters to the rhythmic notes of boat songs. Set your date with the Nehru Trophy Boat Race to witness this magnificent spectacle, an unparalleled water carnival.

Hundreds of oarsmen render boat songs and strike their oars at the waters in unison to the frenzied pace of these songs. The placid waters of the Lake and whole the patch of land encompassing the lake gets bathed in a festive splendour.

This annual water regatta involves the participation of chundan valloms (snake boats) and smaller country rafts. The ceremonial water processions, vibrant floats and beautifully adorned boats enliven the spirit of this resplendent festival.

How to get there

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