Nehru Trophy Boat Race
#5 of 17 Places to Visit in Alleppey
Distance (From Alappuzha Railway Station): 6 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
Place Location: Punnamada Lake
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 6 km from Alappuzha Railway Station, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is an annual boat race held in Punnamada Lake near Alleppey. It is the most competitive and popular boat race in Kerala, and among the must experience things to do in Alleppey.
Named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the boat race is conducted on the second Saturday of August every year. The race was introduced in 1952 to celebrate Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's Alappuzha visit. Several snake boats participate in the competition, each representing a different village of the Kuttanad region. Each boat is accompanied by about 150 oarsmen, showcasing their skills on a 1.5 km race track.
On the day of this boat race, the tranquil lakefront is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including foreign tourists participate in these breathtaking celebrations as part of Alleppey sightseeing packages.
Official Website: http://www.nehrutrophy.nic.in