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Payippad Boat Race

Venue: Payippad backwaters

Location: Alappuzha

District: Alappuzha

Legend has it that residents of a remote village were once instructed to approach a whirlpool in a vision. On reaching the location in Kayamkulam Lake, they discovered a beautiful idol of the Hindu deity, Sree Subramanya. Today, among the many boat races that grace the waters across God’s Own Country, the Payippad Boat Race is among the most anticipated. Held on the Payippad River in Alappuzha, it commemorates the installation of the idol at the Subramanya Swamy Temple. It has among the highest volume of boat races in the entire State and is a truly joyous and vibrant event.

Getting there

Nearest railway station: Harippad, about 5 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha 


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