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Nehru Trophy Boat Race Alappuzha (India)

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Boat races are a significant part of the culture and tradition of the Indian state of Kerala. It is an annual boat race that offers great excitement for the viewers. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most well-esteemed boat race held in India. Started in the year 1952, this event attracts viewers from far off corners of the world. It will be a significant experience to witness the huge boats cruising through the backwaters of Kerala.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held every year on the second Saturday in the month of August. The drum beats along with the chanting of the boat songs known as Vanchipattu builds the environment for a perfect event. The frenzy of activities held during the boat race imparts a distinct character to the event. The celebration of this event also includes music and folk dance performances. This time of Nehru Trophy Boat Race is November 10, this year.

Time for celebrating the Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Each year the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of the month of August. But this year it will be held on 10th November due to a devastating flood.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours

General Information

Entry Fee 2,500 per person Tourist Gold 1,500 per person Tourist Silver 450 per person Rose Corner 300 per person Victory Line 230 per person All View 150 per person Lake View 100 per person Lawn

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Interesting facts about Nehru Trophy Boat Race

The story behind this water regatta getting its name goes back to the visit of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952. He was so enchanted by the sight of the majestic snake boats that he leapt onto one of the snake boats himself, ignoring his security cover. Later on in the year, he would donate a silver trophy in the form of a snake boat as a gift for the memories of the time he spent there. Hence the race would later go on to be named the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. During the festival, snake boats that are locally known as Chundan Vallam are decorated beautifully with flags and silk parasols. Traversing through the lake waters, the boats look captivating. With a capacity of carrying around 100 passengers, measuring between 60 – 65 m, these snake boats were originally used in battles.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is not only an energetic carnival but is an important part of the history of Kerala. In the year 1952, when Pt. Nehru visited the state, he attended a snake boat and was highly impressed. He also announced a trophy for the winner of the boat race and this is how Nehru Boat Race competition was formed. The trophy that is given to the winner looks like a snake boat that is made from silver, on a wooden abacus that has Nehru’s words are inscribed just above his signature.
During the boat race, each boat carries 95 oarsmen, 10 nilakkar (cheerleaders) and, 5 amarakkar (controllers). Vanchipattu or energetic songs that have appealing rhythm are sung constantly by about 10 singers who also accompany the boat to keep the spirits high up. The songs sung by them are mainly mythological and religious in nature. Along with snake boats, other locally-customized boats such as Churulan, Iruttukuthy, and Vaipu also partake in the race. The practice and preparations Nehru boat race start a month before the date of the main event.


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