Boat races are a significant part of the culture and tradition of the Indian state of Kerala. An annual event coinciding with the yearly Harvest Festival – Onam, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the most-awaited and visually spectacular events in Kerala. Tracing back to the year 1952, this mega event draws visitors from all across the world. Huge boats cruising through the surreal backwaters of Kerala are a sight to behold!
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held every year in the month of August on the second Saturday. The drumbeats, along with the chanting of the boat songs known as ‘Vanchipattu’ build up the tempo and the right environment for an exhilarating event. The frenzy of activities, including local music and dance performances, imparts a distinct character and flavour to the celebrations.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala is held on Punnamda Lake in Alappuzha. The participants in the race compete fiercely to come out as winners, and the sight of men rowing the Chundans or snake boats is admirable. All the rowers are willing to put in their best efforts to achieve glory for their villages, as the victory is a matter of great pride for the villagers. There is frenzied excitement in the air as the air reverberates with cheers and applause.