Boat Races in Kerala are part of a great weak of festivities to mark the arrival of the harvest season in the form of Onam in the state of Kerala. Boat races are held to celebrate the onset of Onam, in the months of August/September.
Plenty of long and snake like boats come to participate in these events. The race starts with lively performance of artistes, dancers performing on the boats floating in the waters and goes on till late in the evening.
Also famous as the biggest team sport held throughout the world, these boat races are then followed by a colorful water march. Also famous as Nehru Trophy Boat Race, this cultural event of Kerala attracts plenty of visitors from far & near. The trophy presented to the winning team is also named after the late Prime Minister of INDIA; Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the popular events to be held in Kerala which is keenly awaited by the people every year. Sitting areas in the form of pavilions on both sides of the river are set up for spectators to watch on the excitement. The race has 2 versions one for the men and the other for the women to compete for honors.