The Nehru Trophy Boat Race The most fascinating water festival
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted on the Punnamda Lake, near Alleppey which is known as “Venice of East”, On the day of this fierce Race the halcyon lake of Alleppey front is transformed into a sea of humanity with lakhs of national and international tourists around the world to witness the victorious Boat. The Boats for the race are titled as different historic names, such as Chundan,Snake Boat, Churulans, Veppu Vallams (Parunthuvalans), Odi (Iruttukuthi etc.There is a history behind the name s of each Boats which used for the race . Now, 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a big challenge to show the world that Kerala is safe to travel and ready to welcome tourist with double strength.
Sending out a strong message that tourism in the flood-battered Kerala will be back on the rails in double-quick time, The Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala’s largest and most famous and prestigious race will begin on 10th Nov. 2018.
Being held in the wake of the devastating floods that rampaged through large swathes of the coastal state, 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race will focus on measures that would lead to a strong resurgence of tourism, which is the mainstay of Kerala’s economy.
The response to this 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been overwhelming with more than one lakh overseas viewers and two lakhs domestic viewers having expected to witness the race. The government planned to call off the Race due to the catastrophic effect by the natural calamity but now it is an indication that Kerala is intact and back in double force in its normal situation.
As in its previous Races, The Nehru Trophy Boat Race will serve as a strong platform to showcase its time-tested as well as traditional Heritage of Kerala and establish firm business links by bringing together international and domestic reputed tourists viewers under one roof.
Major magnificent features of the Water Festival are its song sung by the contestants. Every year they use different verity of songs suitable for the Boat race.
Tourism in Kerala has started recovering fast from the grim blow dealt by the calamitous floods. Traffic to major destinations across the state has resumed and bookings ahead of the peak season have in its full swing.
The 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is intended to send a strong signal to the world that the state has the resilience and an indomitable spirit to take in its stride any adverse challenge and move forward. The event will send this message to the world through the delegates from as many as countries arriving to take part it.
Special arrangements have also been made for the large media contingent reaching the city to cover the event. Media persons from abroad and from different parts of the country will be reporting the event from the spot.
The strength of The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is its public- private sector collaboration and it also serves as a forum for potential international and domestic tourists clinching business deals.
As part of its social responsibility mission State government, tourism department, snake boat owners and boat clubs started preparation for the water festival .As many as 78 boats including 24 Chundans will take part in the race.