Nehru Trophy Boat Race: Snake boat races

The history of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is associated with the visit of late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India to Alappuzha. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of Independent India visited Kerala in 1952. He was given a roaring reception by the people of Alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad, coming to watch the event. One of the most famous boat races of Kerala, Nehru Trophy Boat Race promotes unity and fraternity among people. This trophy has a shape of a snake-boat in silver and is positioned on wooden abacus. The trophy is also emblazoned with the words of Pandit Nehru, To the winner of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin. The Western Ghats are not true mountains, but are the faulted edge of the Deccan PlateauWayanad District, in the north-east of Kerala , India , Kerala Travel : Trivandrum : Ponmudi Agasthyakoodam

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