Boat Races in Kerala is a must experience event. One of the main draws of tourism centered around “God’s Own Country”, the Vallam Kali or local boat races are a glorified affair. Of what may look like a unique state-level sport, these boat races, in fact, hold a rather religious significance.
Held during the harvesting season that collides with the biggest Malayalam festival – Onam, boat races in Kerala are a patent on many a Trip Planner. The variety of these races on the technical front add to their appeal, not to mention leaving you spoiled for choice. To ease out distress a little as to some of the must experience boat races in Kerala we bring to you this very handy list ensuring you experience the essence of this event in its right spirit.
1. Kandassankadavu boat race, Thrissur
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Held in Thrissur’s beautiful lake of Enamakkal and its Canoly Canal, the Kandassankadavu boat race commences on Onam and sprawls over a period of the ten days following it. All the contestants in the race have their eyes on the Chief Minister’s Ever-Rolling Trophy in this one!
2. Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Punnamada Lake, Alappuzha
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One of the most popular places in Kerala flocked by many to get a glimpse of the famed ‘backwaters of Kerala’, Alleppey or Alappuzha is where the Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place. The Chundan Vallams or snake boats’ competition is the highlight of this race.
3. Triprayar boat race, in Conolly canal, Triprayar, Thrissur
Another gem of boat race held in the Canoly Canal, the Triprayar boat race boasts of a prestigious start point outside the Shree Rama Temple. This is a three-kilometer long race characterized by much valour and grace with highly competitive winners every year!
4. Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali at Aranmula, Pathanamthitta
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If history and prestige are some things that you seek, then the Aranmula Uthrattadi Vallamkali at Aranmula must be on your Kerala Vacation Planner. This is the oldest of the Vallam Kalis and the boats used in this race are snake boats.
5. President’s Trophy Boat Race in Ashtamudi lake, Kollam
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As you gather knowledge about Kerala’s boat races, you will comprehend how the races are all about the prestigious trophies. The President’s Trophy Boat Race is one such example taking place on the 1st of November every year. This date holds special relevance given that in this day the state came into being.
6. Kallada Boat Race in Kallada River, Kollam
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The Kallada Boat Race takes place on the twenty-eighth day following Onam. This boat race, unlike a canal, is held on a broader platform in the Kallada River. Not only is this a boat race but also an event honouring doers from various fields.
7. Pampa Boat Race in Neerattupuram
Held on the Thiruvonam day, the Pampa Boat Race was begun in the year 1957. Ever since its commencement the race and its conductors are striving to make this a popular sport on a broader front.
With this list, you have a good know-how about what to look forward to. Which one was your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.