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Nehru Boat Race Kerala

Magnificent Snake Boats Competition Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The water extravaganza of Kerala can be seen with its Nehru Boat Race Festival. This challenging
Boat competition brings you all the fun and festivity. The race is organized in the Punnamada Lake adjacent to the Alappuzha area. The snake boat race is 135 feet long that grabs your attention at once. It encompasses crews of more than hundred men, struggling hard to win the priceless trophy.

Time of the Event

The boat race is held at the Punnamada Lake in Alleppey on the 2nd Saturday of August every year.


The rhythmic boat song or “Vanchipattu” works wonder on the audience. The event is also witnessed by the high rank officials. The winner of the competitions received the Nehru Trophy that belongs to the time when Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru was the Prime Minister of the country. It resembles to a snake boat, which is made up of silver on wooden abacus. This is one of its kind and the words by Nehru are also inscribed on it above his signature.
 'To the winners of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore – Cochin.'


Nehru Trophy Boat RaceThe water festival in Kuttanad has its unique appeal. The huge number of participants in a racing boat distinguishes it from other events. Watching the synchronized way of rowing leaves the onlookers fascinated. The competition is synonymous with thrill, adventure and amusement.

Each team, participating in the competition has over 100 participants, rowing the boat in the perfect synchronization. The view of the boats during the race is breathtaking. Before starting of the race, a colourful water parade is organized, which is a wonderful attraction. The race also hauls more than ten thousand beholders from far and wide.

Take delight in watching the competitive spirit of Oarsmen at Nehru Boat Race, Kerala!

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