Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the biggest and the most famous event in Kerala. The annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race takes place on the backwaters of Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha District on the second Saturday of August During every year respectively.The history behind the event is that, a snake boat race was conducted when Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru visited this place. He was so impressed by the enthusiasm of the rowers that he awarded the Nehru Trophy to the winners. Since then the Nehru Trophy bears a silver model of a snake boat and is awarded to the winning team of the boat race. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad for watching it.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2014

Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2014 : Second Saturday of August Every Year

Nehru Trophy Boat Race Venue 2014 :Punnamada Lake

Nehru Trophy Boat Race Winners

2000 Alappuzha boat club Karichal chundan
2001 Friends boat club Karichal chundan
2002 Kumarakam boat club Vellamkulangara chundan
2003 Navajeevan boat club Karichal chundan
2004 Kumarakam Town boat club Cheruthana chundan Caption Raju vadakkathu.
2005 Kumarakam Town boat club Payippad chundan, Caption Raju Vadakkathu.
2006 Kumarakam town boat club Payippad chundan, Raju Vadakkathu.
2007 Kumarakam town boat club Payippad chundan
2008 Kollam Jesus boat club Karichal chundan
2009 Kollam Jesus boat club champakulam chundan
2010 Kumarakam Town boat club Jawahar Thayankari
2011 Winners not decided
2012 Freedom Boat Club, Kainakary Sri Ganesh

The race is a rowing competition, which takes place between numerous teams who participate in this event to contend for the Nehru Trophy.Apart from the races of chundan valloms(snake boats) and of smaller country crafts, the event offers many fascinating sights such as ceremonial water processions, spectacular floats and decorated boats.The highlights of these spectacular races are magnificent snake boats or Chundanvallams and its boisterous and rhythmic boat songs known as Vanchipattu.The boat clubs and the boat race lovers spend lakhs of rupees for making this performance even more interesting and to win the trophy is considered a matter of pride and prestige.

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