Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted on the 2nd Saturday of August every year at Punnamada Kayal or Punnamada backwaters,  Allapuzha. Allapuzha was previously known as Alleppy. ‘Kayal’ means ‘backwater’, in the local Language, Malayalam.

There are different kinds of boats taking part in this Alappuzha Nehru-Trophy Race. Snake Boat, Iruttukuthy, Churulan, Veppu, Odi, Kochuvallam, etc, are the types of race boats participating. Snake boat racing is the most attractive race among these races.

First Prime Minister of India, Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, visited Alappuzha and watched in the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in the 1950’s. He was so excited on seeing the race, that he jumped into one of the boats. He also donated a rolling silver trophy in the shape of a snake boat

Around 100 people are needed to row the Snake boats at Alappuzha. It is the prestige of local boat clubs, which is tested in the Greatbackwaters here. Kumarakom Town Boat Club has won Nehru Trophy three times in a row, making them the only ha-trick winners till date.

Alappuzha Nehru Trophy
Site of Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race.

Alleppey houseboats are available for hire and you can go for a Cruise in the Alappuzha backwaters; visiting islands to have tasty local foods and can go to the Bird sanctuary at Kumarakom, etc.

Alappuzha is well connected by road. It is around 3 hours drive by car from capital city of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Allapuzha railway station is the nearest railway station. Code for ALLEPPEY  or Allapuzha (new name) is ALLP on https://www.irctc.co.in/ , the official Railway Ticket Booking site of Indian Railways. Cochin international Airport is the nearest airport.

Is Accommodation Available Near to Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race Site?

There are many hotels at Alappuzha. ‘Lake Palace Resort’ is leading resort near to the finishing point of Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race on Vembanad Lake side. Home stay at Alappuzha and neighboring Kumarakom and Kottayam are also available.

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