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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

India : Kerala : Alappuzha : Attractions & Excursions - 7

Guys, here are some beautiful locations you should not miss to visit. Particularly the areas where Boat Racing has the main attraction.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race (Punnamada) :

Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the most colourful water sport in Kerala, is conducted at PUNNAMADA LAKE in Alappuzha on the second Saturday of every August. This prestigious cultural event of Kerala has been attracting people from all over the world. Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a festival for the people of Alleppey the main attraction of which is the sportive spirits among the participants of the race.

This trophy named as NEHRU TROPHY was donated by the late Prime Minister of INDIA Jawaharlal Nehru to the winners of the first boat race which was an impromptu one conducted in 1952 in honour of Panditji who visited Alappuzha.

Rajiv Gandhi Boat Race (Pulinkunnu) :

Rajiv Gandhi Trophy Boat Race is held on two weeks after the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. It is held at Pulinkunnu, 10 km away from the Alleppey town. The boat race is conducted in memory of Late Mr.Rajiv Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister.

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race :

This boat race is the oldest and most popular vallam kali (snake boat race) in Kerala state of south India. The race is held on the river Pampa on Moolam day of the Malayalam month Midhunam, the day of the installation of the deity at the Ambalappuzha Sree Krishna Temple.

Payippad Jalotsavam :

The Payippad Boat Race is organized in the month of September and it carries on for three days. The venue of the boat race is the Payippad Lake, situated at a distance of 35 km from the Alappuzha district of Kerala. Payippad Boat Race Of Kerala is organized to commemorate the installation of the idol at the Subramanya Swamy Temple, Haripad. There is a very interesting legend associated with this boat race.

It is believed that residents of the Haripad Village decided to build a temple, with the presiding deity being Sree Ayyappa. Before the idol was about to be installed, the villagers had a vision. In the vision, they were directed to install the idol of Sri Subramanya Swamy, which they will find under a whirlpool in the Kayamkulam River. Divers and swimmers from the village rowed to the same spot and brought back Subramanya vigrah in a boat.

The same idol was then installed in the temple, amid much fanfare. As a tribute to that incident, Kerala Payippad Jalotsavam, a three-days water festival, is conducted every year.
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