Aranmula Boat Race is a festive event that’s held every year during the
August-September season in the southern Indian land of Kerala. This boat race
is held annually at river Pampa in Aranmula near a temple dedicated to Lord
Arjuna and Krishna and is best time to book Kerala tour packages.
Snippets About the Event
celebration is conducted with great pomp and show with exquisite snake boats that
are ridden by oarsmen, and these oarsmen are dressed in their traditional
attire comprising of a white turban and dhoti.
boats are decorated with golden laces, flags and umbrellas adding to the
essence in colour against the backdrop of beautiful backwaters and the striking
white outfit ensemble. The oarsmen sing traditional songs as they row down the
river, and people cheer from the sides.
boat race is a depiction of rivalry in friendship, and the seven day event is
held with hundreds of participants and a grand crowd to encourage the players.
snake boats, almost as many as 30 of them, are special slender boats that
easily accommodate as many as 100 oarsmen with four helmsmen on each boat. They
are accompanied by singers who sing traditional songs as they row the boats.
boats head for the finish line with songs being sung, the decorative silks
waving in the air and the cheering crowd, the whole picture of a rivalry fades
into a friendly competition and tourists should plan their holiday in South India during this time of the year. a
A Peek Into Mythology
1700 years old, the Aranmula temple is situated on the banks of river Pampa and
was built to honour Lord Krishna the charioteer and the great archer and
sits at a distance of 128 km from Trivandrum. The festival is celebrated to
mark the most important festival in Kerala - Onam. This
festival holds great mythological importance. A Brahmin who once pledged to serve
food to a pilgrim everyday was visited by an incarnation of Lord Krishna.
his arrival, the overwhelmed Brahmin promised to offer 51 portions of rice and
also conduct an Onam feast at Lord Krishna’s temple. His actions were met with
rivalry from the neighbouring village. The
boats that were meant to carry the food to the temple were seized by the
neighbouring rivals and following this, the Gods sent their snake boats to the
rescue. The event went on to be celebrated each year and came to be known as
Onam Uthrattadi Vallamkali. When in Kerala during this festival tourists should not miss to include a vacation in Alleppey.
a grand carnival held on the river with a statue of Lord Krishna and great
euphoria, the memorable boat race is conducted. Visiting Kerala during this
time can be an experience of its own, as the spectacle in one that can
fascinate and enthral you.