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We welcomes group of people in India or Abroad to participate in the mega event

Participate in Nehru Trophy
Boat Race 2010

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha, held on the second Saturday of August every year, is the most competitive and popular of the boat races. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad, coming to watch the event.

1) Participation in Chuden Vallam
     (Snake Boat) Men’s

The major attraction of the boat race is the competition of snake boats chundan vallams or snake boats. Chundans (snake boats) are an impressive sight, measuring over 100 feet in length, with a raised prow. They were called snake boats by the former colonial rulers, who based the name on a native boat found in Norway, although Kerala's Chundans bear little resemblance to their European namesakes.



Nehru Trophy Boat Race History

The history of the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is associated with the visit of late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India to Alappuzha  He chanced a trip from Kottayam to Alappuzha by boat, through water logged Kuttanad.  A pageantry of boats accompanied him on the trip. The first race was an impromptu once conducted in 1952 in honour of Panditji who visited Alappuzha. In that race of snake boats, Nadubhagam Chundan stood first. Panditji, who was thrilled and excited in the performance of the oarsmen, jumped into the Nadubhagam Chundan, forgetting all security arrangements. The boat proceeded to the boat jetty carrying the Prime Minister. On his return to Delhi in December 1952, Nehru donated a Silver Trophy, which is a replica of a snake boat placed on a wooden abacus. The trophy bears the following inscription above his signature.
“To the winners of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore Cochin."

           This trophy later came to be known as Nehru Trophy, and in fond memory of great Panditiji, the people of Alappuzha celebrate the Nehru Trophy Boat Race every year.

  Total number of members     :- 105

    55 rowers in Kerala

Required Number of Members: - 50 
Practice Days                    : - 5 days 
Spending days                    :- 7 days
Per person                         : - Rs 17,000/

2) Participate in Women’s Race 


  Total number of members : - 45
    15 rowers in Kerala

  Required Number of members : - 30
  Practice Days               : - 5 Days
  Spending days              :- 7 days
  Per person                    : - Rs 13,000/-



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Chundans: - .It has got a length of more than a hundred feet and usually more than a hundred people are on board. Both the ends of the boats are raised from water level. The rear end has a height of about twenty feet from the surface of water. Nearly eighty six persons are rowers, ten to fifteen are to give the rhythm, four are to steer the vessel. It is to be specially noted that the Chundans have the maximum maneuverability among all sorts of race boats.

The Chundan (Snake Boat) variety of Race Boats is usually 38 ½ to 48 ½ koles (One koles being equivalent to 24 inches) long and accommodates 100 to 150 persons.

Veppu Vallams (Parunthuvalans) are said to be boats that were used to carry stores for the soldiers on board the Chundans. “Vaipu” became Veppu” by usage. Vaipu in Malayalam means cooking. The design and appearance of these vehicles differ from all other race boats. The length of Parunthuvalan varies from 28 ¼ to 32 ¼ Koles and it accommodates 28 to 36 rowers.

Oadis or Iruttukuthies have a different origin. They were used for smuggling. It is to be noted, they are seen in plenty in the costal areas near Cochin and suburbs. Their very design is for speed. Both the ends are alike. Maneuverability is little, practically nil. They are never turned and rowed up only in shuttle between, by turning round the rowers. The Odi, also called Cheru Chudan has a length of 28 ¼ to 32 ¼ Koles and has 40 to 60.


Several boat songs of high literary quality and musical charm have been especially composed for being sung during boat races.  The loud singing of the boat songs by groups of people each knowing his part perfectly, joining in just at the proper moment, without hitch, provides delight and encouragement to the rowers and the lookers on.

Highlights in this Package

Became a part of the mega event
The whole group is staying different home
1st day we are move together to take boat
    from the boat club
The whole 105 members practice together
Whole day practice Enjoy Traditional
Evening traditional Kerala snacks
Practice done through remote areas in the
See almost all kuttanad region
Use full energy to win the mega event
Lesson & sing Vanchipattu ( boat song )
Spent your great time with kuttand peoples
Rowing through the tracks
Media coverage
Registration in the name of your own
The group members can select your captain


Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2009

Watch Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2010 Rs 1000 /- only (No Hidden Charges)

“Nehru Trophy Snake Boat Race” will be held at Punnamada Lake, Alleppey on 14th August 2010.We have arranged a big Cruiser boat for viewing the race. And will be floating in the lake itself, very nearer to the finishing point, so that you can see the accurate finishing of all participants.

Meals: - Welcome Drink - Kappa, Fish Curry - Lunch – Mineral Water

Specialties: - Light music, Songs

Package cost: - Only Rs 1000 /- per person (No Hidden Charges)                   

Nehru Trophy Boat Race Package ( 2 days & 1 Night )

14th August 2010 pick from Alleppey Railway station/ Bus stand , check in home stay, after refreshment go to watch Nehru Trophy Boat race . Over night stay in the resort.
15th August 2010 after breakfast drop to Alleppey Railway station /Bus stand

Package Cost: -
Rs 2400 /- per couple  (No Hidden Charges)

Includes: -
1)stay in Non Air condition home stay with breakfast,
2) Nehru Trophy ticket,
3) pick up & drop to Alleppey


Nehru Trophy Boat Race Package ( 3 days/ 2 nights )

13th August 2010pick from the Alleppey Railway / Bus stand, drop to home stay. evening directly move to Alleppey beach . Over night stay in the Home stay

14th August 2010 watch Nehru Tropy boat race. Over night stay

15th August 2010 after breakfast Drop to Alleppey Railway / Bus stand

Package Cost: -
Rs 3200/- per couple (No Hidden Charges)  


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