The placid water of the Punnamada Lake is where everyone heads to on the second Saturday of August every year. It is the time of the prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race, where the silence of the lake is sliced by the slashing oars of the pacing boats.
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Held on the second Saturday of August every year, it is the most popular of all boat races in the world. Magnificent snake boats compete for the prized trophy to commemorate the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India to Alappuzha.
Apart from the races of chundan valloms (snake boats) and of smaller country crafts, the event has moments like the ceremonial water processions, spectacular floats and decorated boats.