Kerala, known for backwaters is known to be God’s own country. The beautiful place is blessed with natural beauty and natural reservoirs in form of backwaters, lagoon and lakes. Along with it the place is bestowed with rich culture, unique architecture, a well entrenched alternative system of health, superlative food, and highly literate people other facts of Kerala such as dance, history, ayurveda and festivals are of great importance.
People with great and pomp and show celebrate numerous festivals, like, Onam, Elephant in cultural programmes. Various popular boat races are one main attraction for tourists here. Backwaters are venues to the splendid festival of Kerala i.e. Boat Races. Festival Onam is not just for entertainment but it is a great example of team spirit, integration and strengthening of manpower.The race comprises of a long boat, called snake boat, manned by helmsmen singers and oarsmen.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race:
This popular race held annually on the Punnamada Backwaters of Alappuzha district. Large number of snake boats or Chundans participate in the race.
Aranmula Boat Race:
It is another most famous event of Kerala, held every year, on the Pampa River near the Sree Parthasarathy Temple. The snake boats are known as Palliyodams.
Payippad Boat Race:
Preferably known as Payippad Jalotsavam, held in memory of deity at Haripad Subrahmanya Temple has a religious significance. Snake boats are referred as Chundanvalloms