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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Champakkulam Boat Race is on 8th July 2017

Ever been to a festival where the placid waters get transformed to a race track? The Champakkulam Boat Race (Champakkulam Moolam Vallam Kali-vallam kali meaning boat race) starts off the season of boat races and unleashes a visual splendour as the snake boats slice through the calm waters accompanied by the rhythmic chant of boat songs.

 The festival takes place at Champakkulam, a village in Alappuzha district, on the Moolam asterism in the Malayalam month of Mithunam (roughly June/July).

The banks of the Pampa River gets swarmed by people from far and near, cheering and egging on the oarsmen to a resounding finish. These snake boats ripping through the serene waters and propelled by hundreds of oarsmen splashing and beating their oars about in the waters in unison makes for a grand visual spectacle. Boats such as chundan (snake boat), veppu, iruttu kuthi, churulan and others from nearby regions line up to participate in this spectacular water sport.

Ever been to a festival where the placid waters get transformed to a race track? The Champakkulam Boat Race (Champakkulam Moolam Vallam Kali-vallam kali meaning boat race) starts off the season of boat races and unleashes a visual splendour as the snake boats slice through the calm waters accompanied by the rhythmic chant of boat songs.

The festival takes place at Champakkulam, a village in Alappuzha district, on the Moolam asterism in the Malayalam month of Mithunam (roughly June/July).

The banks of the Pampa River gets swarmed by people from far and near, cheering and egging on the oarsmen to a resounding finish. These snake boats ripping through the serene waters and propelled by hundreds of oarsmen splashing and beating their oars about in the waters in unison makes for a grand visual spectacle. Boats such as chundan (snake boat), veppu, iruttu kuthi, churulan and others from nearby regions line up to participate in this spectacular water sport.

cOURTESY- www.keralatourism.org

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