Nehru Trophy Boat race

Nehru Trophy boat race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru being conducted on the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha is a grand event for which the tourist throng from all over the world. Being one the exciting water spot event, the Nehru Trophy boat race has called upon global attention. This boat race will add another feather to cap of God's Own Country, Kerala. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India visited Kerala in 1952. He was given a roaring reception by the people of Alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats.

The annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of August every year. Having gone through the tremendous excitement of sailing in a snake-boat Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are inscribed. The 100-120 feet long canoes made of a forest wood locally called "Aanjili thadi" carrying 90- 110 rowers which moves like a snake through the channels (hence the name), is an eye catching sight for any tourist. The Chundan Vallam also has the record as "the biggest water vessel used for sports purpose".

The 4850 ft long Boat Race invites participation from women and children in equal measure. Preparations for the event start months in advance, commencing with lubrication of the vessel with sardine oil. Practice sessions for the participants begin months ahead, who also undertake certain vows before taking over the oars.

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