Terror in the Backwaters, Nehru Trophy Boat Race this year Turned Scintillating
Experience the thrilling Nehru Trophy Boat Race with Lifemadeasy Holidays

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We can see a great kind of unity and harmony in the time of any festivals or celebrations. Everyone will be enthusiastic in preparing for the arrangements immersing in a festive mood and welcoming this gala with great pleasure. Kerala is a land where pride culture and tradition persists. Unique attractions are always a part of the land of coconuts, of which what the backwaters host is the supreme one. In the luscious world of backwaters, annually a great water regatta is going on that soars the adrenaline of spectators to great levels. Have you wondered why the Kerala backwater packages booking soars before the month of August? The reason for this demanding arrival at Kerala backwaters is the compelling boat races conducted at these times. Nehru trophy boat race is not just a water game for the natives of Alleppey but an emotion. The great 'Venice of the east', Alleppey and the tributary of Vembanad lake, Punnamada lake is hosting the popular boat race annually. Thousands are gathering around the banks to watch the energetic oarsmen. Not only the locals are interested in watching this,but even tourists and foreigners are equally thrilled to get a glimpse of the play. This was evident when the bookings of renowned travel operator Lifemadeasy's tour packages increased in number. 

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This unparalleled water carnival is conducted on the second Saturday of August in every year with great awe. This year saw 2 Lakhs of spectators who wanted to watch the performance of 78 snake boats transforming the lakefront to a sea of humanity. In a snake boat called locally as Chundan Vallam, can seat up to 100 oarsmen. They will sing with the rhythm of Vanchippatu, cheering song while rowing. Spectators around will cheer them in gangs. This year's 65 Th Nehru Trophy boat race was inaugurated by honorable chief minister of Kerala,Pinarayi Vijayan who referred the Nehru trophy boat race as the heart beat of Keralites. For the commencing of the race, the new technology of digital timing system was devised for accuracy. Some them went restlessly due to some unexpected delays. In the participation of 78 boats, 24 of them were Snake boats participating in 5 teams. other 4 are just for exhibiting the race. Big boats found their timings afternoon and smaller ones took part in the race at forenoon. In the second last round, 4 of them entered the finals which are Gabriel, Mahadevikad Thekkathil, Karichal, and Payippadan. At the end of the race, Gabriel came first followed by Mahadevikad Thekkethil and Payippadan. Thesmaller boats were categorized as Iruttukutty Vallam, Churulan Vallam, VeppuVallam, Odi Vallam, Kochu Vallam and Vadakkanody Vallam.

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In such a huge crowd, watching The boat race is very difficult but to capture these great moments and to witness such popular water games, foreigners are thrilled. Thus what they do is that prior to the conduct of the race, they will book the packages in houseboats.Newly wedded couples during this months are really lucky as they can book  Kerala honeymoon houseboat packages for 3 nights and 4 days or some other duration. They can start their newly wedded days by witnessing such a popular race and is an opportunity to make their honeymoon days unique and special.There is a lotto see in the Kerala backwater tour and spending more time is suggested. Once you book this, sitting comfortably inside the houseboat itself, you can watch the amusing water regatta of Kerala.

These boat races are conducted during the harvest festival of Kerala, Onam. It is a belief to welcome the new year of prosperity after wiping out the dark phases of the last undesirable month  Karkidakam. will you believe that the construction of a snake boat dates to 650 years old? yes, this is true because in 13 Th century, when the feudal kingdoms of Chembakassery and Kayamkulam were taking part in wars, the feudal lord, King Devanrayana of Chembaksery has ordered the crafting of a war boat and even appointed a famous carpenter for the same. This is how snakeboats came into existence. Among this, the oldest model is that of Parthasarathy Chundan.

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Do you know how the etymology of this boat race as Nehru Trophy came? In 1952, the then prime minister of India(late), honorable Jawaharlal Nehru was invited to watch the boat race.the natives of Alleppey welcomed him with great spirit and love. He was escorted by a huge snake boat with guards for safety. After watching the race and witnessing the energy of the performers and spectators, he decided to award the winners with a trophy which is silver in color, an exact replica of a snake boat. Thus in 1969 on July 1 St, an NTBR meeting was conducted that announced the name of the trophy for the winners of the race as Nehru Trophy.

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Thus this prodigious boat race with the name of a great leader is popular throughout the world. Just check the Kerala houseboat packages price during this season, it will shoot up to such a level and even without considering the money, people travel Kerala to cheer our performers. The sea of spectators will sing the Vanchipattu in synchrony, which is like a poetry in the Malayalam language. Media will broadcast the event liveand for those who were unable to watch in close can behold it through television. Even the All Indian Radio will broadcast the live commentary. One interesting fact is that each village in Alleppey has their own Chundan Vallams so that during the race, it is their prestige issue to make their boat win.Every year it is celebrated with immense energy and the participants used top practice long before the actual date of commencement for understanding the style of row. A leader will be headed in the boat who give instructions to the oarsmen and also to motivate them.The boats will be decorated in Kerala style and the watch of the lining up of these majestic huge boats is an eye catching vision to behold. If you haven't witnessed it in real start your booking early and along with which unleash the scenic world of Kerala backwaters.

 

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