One of the well known festivals in India, Kerala Boat Festival brings out the rich tradition and diverse culture of the state of Kerala. It is one of the biggest festivals in Kerala and is held every year. Kerala Boat Festival is celebrated by the people of Kerala with great zeal irrespective of any caste and religion.
The backwaters of Kerala offer a wonderful setting for various types of festival and boat races in Kerala. The Kerala boat festival is an event which showcases the culture of the state and brings out the excellent team spirit, integration and good relations of the people.
The boat festivals in Kerala are popularly known as Vallom Kallies. They are held every year in various parts of the state and thousands of people take part in them. Some popular places where Kerala boat festival are snake boat races are held are Thayathangadi near Kottayam, Aranmula on the Pamba River and Papiyad near Quilon. These boat races are held to mark the great harvest festival of Onam.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is perhaps the biggest of the boat festivals in Kerala. Thousands of people look forward to this festival. The festival is held in Alappuzha and the venue is the Punnamada Lake. The participants decorate their boats which are of various shapes and try to row to their fullest to in over the other.
The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is also another popular Kerala Boat festival. It is the oldest snake boat race in the state. It is held on the Champakulam Lake on the moolam day of the Malayalam month of Midhunam and is dedicated to the installation of the deity of the Sree Krishna Temple at Ambalappuzha.