Kerala, the God’s Own Country is a perfect place for any experience seeker! Nature, places, traditions, food, folklores, events have some uniqueness to mesmerise the visitors.
On every second Saturday of the month of August, the world gathers at Punnamada Lake to witness the enthralling race of boats shaped like snakes in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha. The race is named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who during his visit to Alleppey experienced the thrill of travelling by these snake boats. Honoring the spirit of these boatmen he initiated this competition by donating a Silver Trophy, a replica of a snake boat placed on a wooden abacus. The trophy reads
"To the winners of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin."
Initially, the trophy was called the Prime Minister’s trophy. However, it was renamed as Nehru Trophy in 1969.
These wooden snake boats making is unique to Kerala since the 13th century. It is believed that King Devanarayana of Chembaksarry commissioned the making of these boats to be used for war purpose. These boats making has their own significance in the history and culture of Kerala. Vallam Kalli, the traditional boat festivals have been a part of the culture of Kerala for ages. Along with Nehru Trophy, various vallam kalli- the boat races are organised in the nearby villages of Alleppey.
Various folk songs and rituals have been associated with these boat races. The Church, as well as the Temple, has a special role to play. Experience this event which will captivate you with its rhythm, colours and the glory.