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Nehru Trophy Boat Race, The Snake Boat Race -

During the monsoon season Kerala comes alive with its splendid snake boat race. It is a cultural procession of boats held in Punnamada Lake, known as The Nehru Trophy Boat Race; named after India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This was started in 1952 when Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Alappuzha.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race, The Snake Boat Race Held on second Saturday of August every year it’s the most popular event of Vallam Kali which means boat racing in English. Over thousand and hundred locals, national and international tourists gathered on the bank of the Punnamada Lake to witness the spectacular water regatta. Magnificent chundanvalloms (snake boats) compete for the precious trophy. It is considered to be the largest Team Sport in the world.

A snake boat is actually a long traditional canoe style boat. These boats are constructed according to specifications taken from the Sthapathya Veda. Typical snake boats are 100 to 120 feet in length with the rear portion rising to a height of about 20 feet. To make the boat slippery it is oiled the mixer of fish oil, the ash of coconut shells, and eggs so the boat can move smoothly through water. Traditionally each of the villages in the region has its own snake boat and the villagers worship that boat like a deity. Only men are allowed to touch the boat, and as the Indian tradition to show respect they should be barefooted.

Year Club Winners
1952 Nadubhagam Boat Club Natubhagam Chundan
1954 Kavalam team Kavalam Chundan
1955 Nedumudi NSS Karayogam Paarthasarathi Chundan
1956 Kavalam team Kavaalam chundan
1957 Ponga Boat Club Neoplian Chundan
1958 Ponga Boat Club
Kavalam Boat Club
Neoplian Chundan
Kavalam Chundan
1959 Ponga Boat Club Neoplian Chundan
1960 Kavalam Boat Club Kavalam Chundan
1961 Ponga Boat Club Neoplian Chundan
1962 Kavalam Boat Club Kavaalam chundan
1963 U.B.C Kainakary Kainakary chundan
1964 U.B.C Kainakary St. George Chundan
1965 U.B.C Kainakary Parthasarathi Chundan
1966 Pulinkunnu Boat Club Pulinkunnu chundan
1967 Pulinkunnu Boat Club Pulinkunnu chundan
1968 U.B.C Kainakary Parthasarathi Chundan
1969 Pulinkunnu Boat Club Pulinkunnu chundan
1970 U.B.C Kainakary Kallooparamban chundan
1971 Kumarakam Boat Club
Champakulam Boat Club
Kallooparamban chundan
Pulinkunnu chundan
1972 Kumarakam Boat Club Kallooparamban chundan
1973 Kumarakam Boat Club Kallooparamban
1974 Friends Boat Club Karichal Chundan
1975 Friends Boat Club Karichal Chundan
1976 UBC Kainakary Karichal Chundan
1977 Thayankari Boat Club Jawahar chundan
1978 Thaynkari Boat Club jawahar thayankari
1979 UBC Kainakary Aayaparambu Valiya Diwanji
1980 Pullingati Boat Club Karichal chundan
1981 No Winners .
1982 Kumarakam Boat Club Karichal chundan
1983 Kumarakam Boat Club Karichal chundan
1984 Kumarakam Boat Club Karichal chundan
1985 Friends Boat Club jawahar thayankari
1986 Village Boat Club, Kainakary Karichal chundan
1987 Village Boat Club, Kainakary Karichal chundan
1988 Pallathurathi Boat Club Vellamkulangara Chundan
1989 UBC Kainakary champakulam chundan
1990 UBC Kainakary champakulam chundan
1991 UBC Kainakary champakulam chundan
1992 Sreelakshmana Boat Club Kallupramban chundan
1993 UBC Kainakary Kallupramban chundan
1994 Jet Airways champakulam chundan
1995 Alappuzha Boat Club champakulam chundan
1996 Alappuzha Boat Club champakulam chundan
1997 Navajeevan Club Alappat Chundan
1998 Pallathuruthi Boat Club champakulam chundan
1999 Kumarakam town Boat Club Alappat Chundan
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
2005 Kumarakam Town Boat Club Payippad chundan
2006 Kumarakam Town Boat Club Payippad chundan,
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
2013 Harippadu Star Boat Club Sri Ganesh
2014 United Boat Club Kainakary Chambakulam chundan
2015 Kumarakam Vembanad Boat Club Jawahar Thayankari
2016 Kumarakam Vembanad Boat Club Karichal
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1 April Fool Day 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
2 Odisha Day 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
3 Bank Holiday 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
4 Lakshmi Panchami 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
5 Rohini Vrat 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
6 Skanda Sashti 01 April, 2017 (Saturday)
7 Yamuna Chhath 02 April, 2017 (Sunday)
8 Navapad Oli 03 April (Monday) - 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
9 Masik Durgashtami 04 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
10 Ram Navami 05 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
11 Babu Jagjivan Ram Birthday 05 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
12 Kamada Ekadashi (Shukrodaya) 07 April, 2017 (Friday)
13 Vamana Dwadashi 07 April, 2017 (Friday)
14 Pradosh Vrat 08 April, 2017 (Saturday)
15 Shani Trayodashi 08 April, 2017 (Saturday)
16 Panguni Uthiram 09 April, 2017 (Sunday)
17 Mahavir Jayanti 09 April, 2017 (Sunday)
18 Purnima Upavas 10 April, 2017 (Monday)
19 Chaitra Purnima 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
20 Hazrat Ali’s Birthday 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
21 Hanuman Jatanti 11 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
22 Jallianwala Bagh Day 13 April, 2017 (Thursday)
23 Baisakhi / Vaisakhi 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
24 Rongali Bihu / Bohag Bihu / Haat Bihu 14 April (Friday) - 16 April, 2017 (Sunday)
25 Tamil New Year / Puthandu 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
26 Dr Ambedkar Jayanti / Bhim Jayanti 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
27 Vishu Festival 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
28 Sankashti Chaturthi 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
29 Solar New Year 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
30 Mesha Sankranti 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
31 Vishu Kani 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
32 Biju Festival 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
33 Good Friday 14 April, 2017 (Friday)
34 Bengali New Year / Poila Baishakh 15 April, 2017 (Saturday)
35 Easter 16 April, 2017 (Sunday)
36 World Haemophilia Day 17 April, 2017 (Monday)
37 Patriots' Day 17 April, 2017 (Monday)
38 World Heritage Day 18 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
39 Kala Ashtami, Kalashtami 19 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
40 Garia Puja 21 April, 2017 (Friday)
41 Varuthini Ekadashi 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
42 Shri Vallabhacharya Jayanti 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
43 Earth Day 22 April, 2017 (Saturday)
44 World Book Day / International Day of the Book 23 April, 2017 (Sunday)
45 Shab E Miraj 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
46 Pradosh Vrat 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
47 Manav Ekta Divas 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
48 Papmochani Ekadashi 24 April, 2017 (Monday)
49 Masik Shivaratri 25 April, 2017 (Tuesday)
50 Darsha Amavasya 26 April, 2017 (Wednesday)
51 Parashurama Jayanti 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
52 Varshitap Parana 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
53 Akshaya Tritiya 28 April, 2017 (Friday)
54 Matangi Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
55 Ramanuja Acharya Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
56 Basava Jayanti 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
57 Vinayaka Chaturthi 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
58 Rohini Vrat 29 April, 2017 (Saturday)
59 Adi Shankaracharya Jayanti 30 April, 2017 (Sunday)
60 Surdas Jayanti 30 April, 2017 (Sunday)
61 Kaila Devi Fair
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