Nehru Trophy Boat Race - Kerala
Snake Boats - Streaming Through Waters
Held on the second Saturday of August every year, Nehru Boat race is the most colorful and vibrant sports event in Kerala. Started in the year 1952, it was first held to welcome Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister to Alappuzha. The trophy to the winner of the race was also awarded by Pandit Nehru himself, thus came the name Nehru Boat race. It is held in the Punnamada lake in Alappuzha. With every passing year, the popularity of the event has been steadily increasing and now is famous among tourist from all over the world. Many from across the globe come and join the locales on the banks of this scenic lake surrounded by leaning coconut trees.
The Attractions of the Nehru Boat Race, 2012
The event takes off with a procession of snake boats and many other smaller forms of race boats through the serene lake in a very peculiar but stunning formation. The snake boats in themselves are a treat to eyes. The shape of these snake boats is definitely worth a mention. The back of these 100 feet long boats resembles the raised hood of a snake and that is how they got their name. These boats can accommodate more than 100 people and still cut through the water with swiftness of a snake. Your will be amazed to know that a single boat is drawn by 100 oarsmen and 10 other fellow contestants on the boat to cheer their team and to keep alive the passion of victory. These cheering groups also sing inspirational songs whose rhythms are absolutely matching with the rhythm of the oars. All the boats are splendidly decorated with different silver and shining brass ornaments. The teams are divided according to villages and the track length for the race is around 1400 meters (1.4 km).
Live Closest to the Extravaganza
To promote the mega event of Nehru Boat race 2012, the Kerala tourism department has undertaken many measures for the convenience and for a comfortable stay of the tourist by providing facilities of hotels and accommodations.
You will not have a trouble finding suitable accommodation from 5 star deluxe hotels to budget hotels catering every pocket. Alappuzha is dotted with hotels of all ranges, one can opt for Keraleeyam Heritage hotel and Lake Palace resort are known luxury hotels in the area. Punnamada Backwater resort, Alleppey Prince resort and Marari Beach resort are good options for comfortable yet budget stay.
Nehru boat race is one of the most awaited function by the people of Kerala. Even though you only witness the race from the banks of the lake, still you get completely immersed in the energy and enthusiasm. It is a must visit for all who are touring Kerala around the month of August.