Home to a culture that is considered to be one of the richest cultures in the world, Kerala is one of the best kept secrets of India. A culture in which the heritage of the land is proudly preserved in the hearths and hearts of all the people of the land, a study into the culture of Kerala is a fascinating tale of natural beauty coupled with an ancient heritage. Perhaps no other aspect of the heritage of Kerala exhibits it as much as do the various festivals in Kerala, notable among which is the Champakkulam Boat Race.
As such, this is an event that is celebrated with much fanfare, with a large procession that includes water floats, highly decorated boats and music and dance performances. The otherwise calm waters of Pampa River turn into a race track, with the slender snake boats piercing their way to the rhythmic beat of drums. The Champakulam Boat Race happens in a village of the same name in Alappuzha, with people coming from all over the country to witness the incredible event and cheer the teams of oarsmen. Apart form the snake boats, you can also find boats of other kinds participating in the races.
However, just before the installation, he was informed that the idol was not auspicious. To make amends, the king brought the idol of Sree Krishna from the Karikulam temple in Kurichi, which legend claimed was handed over to Arjuna by Lord Krishna himself. It was during this journey that the king made a stop over at Champakulam. The next morning saw thousands of boats assembled at the site in a riot of colors in order to honor the sacred event and to escort the idol home.
It is this scene which is enacted in this part of the world every year and which is known as the Champakkulam Boat Race.
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