Life in Kerala is made colorful with many festivals and especially boat races held at these backwater locations. Champakulam Boat race is held on the river Pampa, on Moolam day of the Malayalam calendar. This was the day when idol of Lord Krishna was established in Ambalappuzha temple. It is the first race of harvest season starting from June and ending in October. Venue for the race is Champakulam which is just twenty six km from Alappuzha. This year it was held at Alappuzha, on 30th of June. It is one of the most popular boat races of Kerala. Local crowds along with tourists gather in large numbers at the venue to witness this graceful event. This race is continued as an age old tradition of around five hundred years.
|Champakulam Moolam Boat Race|
The attractions of festivities include spectacular water floats, decorated boats and Vanchipattu, the song of the oarsmen. The most noticeable thing is the discipline of the participants and their well timed actions. Total nineteen boats take part in the various categories. This boat race in alleppey also features boats decorated with colorful canopies and the efficient performers navigating the boats. Since this boat race event has a religious background local people keep on pouring in large numbers to the venue during this festival to cheer the participants. This season of boat races from June to October is the great time to visit Kerala and witness these exotic events.