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Nehru Trophy Boat Race                     
Datetime: 10 Aug 2013 (12:00 AM)
Venue: Punnamada Lake
Snake boats gliding on the waters of the Punnamada Lake, fighting it out with each other to win the Nehru Trophy Boat Race, is a sight to behold for tourists visiting Alleppey. The event is organised on the second Saturday of August every year and attracts national and international travellers.
Every boat has more than 100 rowers, who, with their well-coordinated movements, try and compete with others oarsmen. The race is complemented with the sound of drums played by local artists. Locally called Vallam Kali, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race started off as an impromptu race during Jawaharlal Nehru's visit to Alleppey in 1952. He was welcomed and escorted by men rowing these snake boats, which turned into a race later on.
The winner, an oarsman called Chundan, was awarded a trophy by Nehru and this tradition is continued till date. The trophy is a replica of a snake boat in silver and is placed on wooden tablet, which bears the signature of Jawaharlal Nehru and is inscribed with his words 'To the winner of the boat-race, which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin'. The snake boat race has now become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kerala.
Tourists visiting Alleppey for the race are advised to reach the venue by 9 am. Tourists also have to purchase tickets to either be a part of the race or just watch it from the lakeshore. The prices range from INR 50 to 2000 and the tickets are available at various government departments such as tourism offices. More details of the race is available on the official government website
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