The largest team sport in the world, boat races of Kerala (known vernacularly as Vallamkali) flaunts the social and cultural integrity and diversity of God's Own Country. The awe-inspiring snake boats bring alive the rivers during the months of August and September. Following the southwest monsoon rains in Kerala, the season of boat races commence. Among the boat races of Kerala, the Aranmula Vallamkali and Payippad Vallamkali are extraordinary for their sheer splendour and the myths and legends associated with them.
Aranmula VallamkaliDate: 13 September 2011
Payippad boat raceDate: 11 September 2011
The Payippad boat race is one of the most popular boat races in the state. The race is held annually on the Payippad river in Alappuzha. The event commemorates the legend associated with the installation of the idol at the Subramanya Swamy Temple, Haripad. According to it the villagers had a vision which directed them to a whirlpool in Kayamkulam Lake from where they discovered the idol of Sree Subramanya. The boat race is conducted to commemorate this event. The race has the largest participation of snake boats after the Nehru Trophy boat race. The attractions include colourful water pageants and races for chundan vallam (snake boat) and other country boats.