While there are places around the world which give us the same feel at any time of the year, there also exist some tourist places, which are specially meant to be visited at a particular occasion to make the best memories out there. One such place is the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, where a renowned race of boats take place on the Second Saturday of August, every year. This calm lake turns into a battle field of some serious boating-warriors, on the day of race, witnessed by an approximate number of 2 lakh tourists that turn up from round the globe.
This competitive and fierce boat race, is named after the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The winners are awarded a trophy, resembling the snake-boat in silver, with words of appreciation inscribed on it. The most exciting event for the crowd always remains to be of the Chundan Vallams(snake-boats), while the other categories of boats that contribute in the sporty race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam.
It’s the sky-touching enthusiasm and honest participation of the contestants that invite people to watch their race and make it a big event, EVERY YEAR!