68th edition of Nehru Trophy Boat Race to be held at Punnamada lake in Kerala
In Kerala, the 68th edition of the prestigious Nehru Trophy Boat Race is being held at Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha district from September 4.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated this latest edition.
20 snake boats (Chundan Vallam) will compete for the coveted trophy.
The competitions are organized in nine categories in which around 77 boats including snake boats will participate.
24 Shikara paddlers from Dal Lake in Srinagar are also participating in the boat race this time.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race Society (NTBRS), is the organisers of the event.
Winner of Nehru Trophy Boat Race
Pallathuruthi Boat Club won the 68th Nehru Trophy Boat Race for the third time in a row.
The winning snake boat, named 'Mahadevikad Kattil Thekethil Chandan' crossed the finishing line in 4 minutes and 30 seconds, while the snake boat 'Nadubhagam Chandan' of NCDC Boat Club finished second.
With the photo-finish win, the Pallathuruthy Boat Club topped the first round of the second edition of the Champions Boat League (CBL-2), an official Kerala Tourism.
About Nehru Trophy Boat Race
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is organised every year.
Snake boats can be seen in this which is one of the most popular and famous tourist attractions of the state.
It is part of an old tradition that refers to the rivalry between nations over the monopoly of the spice trade.
Called chundam vallam or snake boat, the canoe carries 100 to 150 expert sailors and the boats are up to 38 metres long.
Both male and female sailors participate in the Nehru Trophy Boat Race.
The sailors who win the competition are awarded a silver trophy.
It started with a boat race in 1952 on the banks of the Punnamada Lake near the town of Alappuzha in Kerala to welcome Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
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