Trivia / Treasures of Kerala

Which of these boat races is part of the festival of Onam?

  1. Aranmula Boat Race
  2. Nehru Trophy Boat Race
  3. Champakulam Moolam Boat Race

Aranmula Boat Race

Boat races, locally known as Vallam Kali, are a traditional game mainly conducted during the harvest festival Onam in Kerala. There are different types of boats used in the traditional races, Snake boats (Chundan vallam) being the most famous ones.

While the Nehru Trophy boat race which is a famous tourist attraction is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year, Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is conducted on the first day of Moolam as per Malayalam calendar (usually in June or July).

The Boat Race at Aranmula which is the oldest riverboat fiesta in Kerala, is part of the festival of Onam (Aug-Sept), and it takes place near a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The festival in action is a sight to behold. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting watched by thousands of people gathering on the banks of the river Pampa to watch these races.

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