|August is the month of boat races in God's own Country. Magnificent fiestas that brings alive the tranquil backwaters.
Snake boat races are held in connection with Onam, the harvest festival in August/September. Scores of long snake boats and other smaller crafts participate in these events. The largest team sport in the world, the snake boat races are preceded by colourful water parades.
The most spectacular of the boat races of Kerala is the Nehru Trophy Boat Race .This annual regatta is held on the Punnamada Lake in Alleppey on the second Saturday of August every year.
The spectacular race features several varieties of boats , but mainly the magnificent snake boats or 'Chundan Vallams ' which has a team of 4 helmsmen, 25 singers and 100-125 oarsmen in each boat who row in unison to the fast rhythm of vanchipattu (song of the boatman). !! The boisterous and rhythmic boat songs work the spectators too to a state of frenzy.
Thousands of people crowd the water's edge to cheer the huge black crafts as they slice through the waters to a spectacular finish. The oldest of these events have curious legends and myths attached to their origin. Myths closely linked to the rustic people and their beliefs.