One of the oldest and most popular of all snake boat races, the Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, has recently concluded on the Pampa River in the Alappuzha district with great fun, frolic and enthusiasm. A major tradition in Kerala, the boat race attracted thousands of spectators from India and abroad. Those who missed the spectacle need not be disappointed as the famous Nehru Trophy Boat Race is due next month. All you have to do is book a ticket on any of the domestic flights to Trivandrum or Cochin in Kerala. Numerous airlines connect these two cities to major parts of India. Flight tickets are available from Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, to name a few. After landing at either city, you can rent a car or hire a taxi to travel all the way to Alappuzha.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is the most sought-after sporting event of Kerala. Thousands of people from different parts of the state and from across its borders come to the Punnamada Lake to witness the fervour of this spectacular annual event. The first race was a spontaneous one, organised on the occasion of the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, in 1952. He was so thrilled attending this event that he donated a silver trophy to the winner. In his fond memory, the people of Alappuzha named the award as Nehru Trophy and started celebrating this festival ever since.
If you are planning a trip to Kerala during this festival, it is best to book a flight in advance to get cheap domestic air tickets.