Vallam Kali or Vallamkali literally means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. The race conducted on the second Saturday of August every year is a major tourist attraction.
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Thrilling Kallada Boat Race in Kollam is an enjoyable moment in Kerala.The boat race is conducted annually after 28 days of Onam celebrations.This thrilling race can be enjoyed by any Kerala travel packages.Winners of the race are given trophies and prizes.12 huge snake boats are participated in the race which is an exciting sight.
ARANMULA VALLAMKALI. This is the annual boat race festival held at the Sri Aranmula Parthasarthy Temple in the Aranmula District of Kerala. The exciting snake boat races are held during the time of Onam on the Pamba River. The snake boats, called palliyadams are a hundred feet in length and have a hood in front that resembles the hood of a snake. To the beat of drums and singing the boats race across the river in a breathtaking skill of rowing.
The Aranmula Boat Race takes place at Aranmula, India. Thousands of people gather on the banks of the river Pampa to watch the snake boat races. Nearly 30 snake boats participate in the festival. Each snake boat belongs to a village along the banks of the river Pampa. Every year the boats are oiled mainly with fish oil, coconut shell, and carbon, mixed with eggs to keep the wood strong and the boat slippery in the water.
Snake boat race - the largest team sport in the world. A snake boat is actually a long traditional canoe style boat used by the people of the Kuttanadu region, in south India's state of Kerala. Typical snake boats are 100 to 120 feet long, and hold around 100 rowers. Each of the villages in the region has its own snake boat, which they take great pride in. Snake boat races are mostly held from July to September, with the exact dates varying each year depending on the phase of the moon.
ARANMULA VALLAMKALI: 17th SEPTEMBER, 2013- This is the annual boat race festival held at the Sri Aranmula Parthasarthy Temple in the Aranmula District of Kerala. The exciting snake boat races are held during the time of Onam on the Pamba River and celebrate the establishment of the Krishna image in the temple. The snake boats, called palliyadams are a hundred feet in length and have a hood in front that resembles the hood of a snake.