Indira Gandhi Boat Race
The Indira Gandhi Boat Race is a boat race festival celebrated in Vembanad Lake during the last week of December to promote tourism. It is one of the most famous boat race festivals celebrated in Kerala.
About sixteen huge majestic snake boats participate in this boat racing festival. These huge boats race against each in this stunning festival. Tourists from all over the world visit Kochi to enjoy these celebrations.
The snake boats representing different villages of the region take part in the race. Each snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 singers and 100 to 125 oarsmen. Feeding them during practice sessions and on the festival day is the responsibility of the villagers or the sponsors.