Alappuzha Nehru Trophy Boat Race is usually conducted on the 2nd Saturday of August every year at Punnamada Kayal or Punnamada backwaters, Allapuzha. In 2018, it is to be held on 10th November, as it could not be conducted due to heavy rain nd floods in August.
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 1950s. He was so excited about 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 to date.
Alappuzha is well connected by road. It is around 3 hours’ drive by car from the 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 a leading resort near to the finishing point of Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race on Vembanad Lake side. Homestay at Alappuzha and neighboring Kumarakom and Kottayam are also available.