Nehru Trophy Boat Race – 2019
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the famous boat races in Kerala which is held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha. The competition of the snake boat race is the most popular race of the competition. The snake boat is about 100-120 feet long with64 or 128 paddlers aboard. It is also known as Chundan Vallam. The other types of the boat which compete in different races of the competitions are Iruttukuthy Vallom, Odi Vallam, Vadakkanody Vallam, Veppu Vallam, Churulan Vallam, and Kochu Vallam.
In 1952 our first prime minister of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru visited Kerala then the people of Alappuzha give him a remarkable reception and safeguard by the huge snake boats. Having gone through the great enthusiasm, of sailing in a snake-boat Jawaharlal Nehru contributes a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a model of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are carved. ”To the winner of the boat-race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin”.
Snake Boat Race is a famous tourist attraction which is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year. Hustle and bustle of people came to watch this competition. The race for the year 2019 is the 67th Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is to commence in 10th of August is inaugurated by Adeela Abdulla IAS, District Collector of Alappuzha.
Instructions to follow
- Reach Alappuzha before 11 AM and occupy your seats.
- Boat Services will not be available from 12 Noon.
- Boat Services will be available from 10 AM to 12 Noon.
|Sl No||Categories of Tickets||Rate|
|1||Tourist Gold (Admit 1)||Rs. 3000/-|
|2||Tourist Silver (Admit 1)||Rs. 2000/-|
|3||Rose Corner (Admit 2)||Rs. 1500/-|
|4||Rose Corner (Admit 1)||Rs. 800/-|
|5||Victory Lane (Admit 1)||Rs. 500/-|
|6||All View (Admit 1)||Rs. 300/-|
|7||Lake View Gold(Admit 1)||Rs. 200/-|
|8||Lawn (Admit 1)||Rs. 100/-|
By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest Airport which is about 83 km from Punnamada Lake.
By Rail: Alappuzha Railway station is the nearest railway station which is about 6.3 km from Punnamada Lake.
By Road: Alappuzha Bus stand is the nearest bus stand which is about 10 km from Punnamada Lake.