Every year on the second Saturday in the month of August, the normally calm and quiet Backwaters of
the Vembanad Lake come alive when teams of over 100 people from Alleppey and the surrounding
Districts take to their ‘Snake Boats’ and race against each other for the ultimate prize – the famous
Nehru Trophy. Competition is fierce and the atmosphere in the crowd becomes electric as the boats
reach the finishing line.
The best possible way to see this spectacular event is to get a ringside seat at our housebat and Nanni
Tours gives our guests the opportunity to do just that.
Alleppey Nehru trophy Snake boat Race competetion 2017
Ticket rates -2250 INR per person
Tariff includes - Mineral water,non veg/veg lunch to and fro transportation from alleppey town.
Houseboats available to stay over night
august 5th to 12th
1 bed room deluxe houseboat - 2 occuppancy - 9000 INR
2 bed rooms Deluxe houseboat-4 occuppancy - 12500 INR
3 bed rooms Deluxe houseboat-6 occuppancy - 15500 INR
4 bed room Deluxe houseboat-8 occuppancy- 19000 INR
5 bed rooms deluxe Houseboat-10 occuppancy-22000 INR
6 bed rooms Deluxe houseboat-12 occuppancy- 26000 INR
Houseboats are available to share with other travellers ,private rooms with attached bath rooms ,fan,a/c , Breakfast ,lunch,dinner.
The boat has a common area where you can spend and share your time with other fello travellers.
Tariff per Room- 5000 INR
Alleppey snake boat race packages 2017
Boatrace package 1 (3nights and 4days)
Cochin/alleppey/backwater cruises/snake boat race/cochin.
Day 1-met on arrival at cochin Airport /Railway station. Transfer to fort cochin. Check in to your hotel. Sight seeing around fort cochin. Visiting jew town, synagogue, chinese fishing nets. Watch the kerala traditional dance show in the evening. Stay over night.
Day2- breakfast, transfer by road to alleppey. Check in to your hotel. backwater cruise for 6 hours around alleppey backwaters and villages.enjoy the sunset at alleppey beach. Stay over night.
Day3-breakfast, transfer by road to your boat to see the spectacular water sport. Transfer by road to your hotel after the race.stay over night.
Day4- breakfast, transfer by road to cochin airport/train station.
Standard ( accommodation in homestays, room with a/c)- 21100 INR
Deluxe ( accommodation in Hotels and resorts , Deluxe a/c rooms with breakfast) -26100 INR
Boat race package 2 (6nights and 7days)
Cocin-munnar-kumily/thekkady-alleppey-backwaters cruise-snakeboat race-cochin.
Day 1-met on arrival at Cochin Airport/Train station. Sight seeing around fort cochin. Visiting jew town, synagogue and chinese fishing nets. Evening watch the kerala traditional dance. Stay over night.
Day2- breakfast, transfer by road to munnar, take in the stunning scenery and spectacular waterfalls, stop off at karadippara view point for a photo opportunity before arriving to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Stay over night.
Day3-breakfast, morning is spent sight seeing. After lunch half day safari. Back to your hotel and stay over night.
Day4- breakfast, transfer by road to periyar/thekkady wildlife park through the breathtaking sceneries of devikulam tea plantations. Take in the spectacular waterfalls. Check in to your hotel and stay over night.
Day 5-morning safari at the park, after lunch transfer by road to alleppey. Stay over night in alleppey.
Day 6-breakfast, transfer to the boat to see the spectacular event (boatrace). Transfer back to your hotel after the boat race.stay over night.
Day7- 6hours cruising around alleppey backwaters. After lunch transfer by road to cochin airport/railway station.
Standard ( accommodation in homestays, room with a/c)- 32100 INR
Deluxe ( accommodation in Hotels and resorts , Deluxe a/c rooms with breakfast) - 41100 INR
Boat race package 3 (2nights and 3days)
Alleppey-nehru trophy boat race-Alleppey
Day1- met on arrival at alleppey train/bus station. Check in to your hotel. Stay over night.
Day2- transfer by road to the boat to see the spectacular nehru trophy boat race. Drop back to your hotel after the boat race.
Day3-check out from the hotel and proceed to your next destination.
Standard- 6500 INR
Deluxe -9500 INR
Boat race package 4 (2nights and 3days)
Alleppey-Houseboat-snake boat race-Alleppey
Day1-met on arrival at alleppey bus/train station. Transfer by road to your houseboat, enjoy the backaters and villages of alleppey. Stay over night on the boat house.
Day2-breakfast, check out from your houseboat and check in to your houseboat to see the spectacular water sport. Drop back to your hotel after the boat race.
Day3-check out from your hotel and proceed to your next destination.
Location: Punnamada Lake, Kerala
History of snake boat race
In the year of 1952, Our first prime minister of India Dr Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru was visiting (Travancore) - Cochin. On his way to Alappuzha from Kottayam the locals of Alleppey escorted by the boats designed like snakes popularly known as Chundan Vallam, gave him a hearty welcome to the small town of backwaters. The Prime minister donated a trophy to make an event of snake boat race.Later the trophy is named "Nehru trophy"
The first race was conducted in 1952 and Nedubhagam Chundan was the winner of first Nehru trophy. only 10 snake boats was participated On that occasion. now its abour 30 Nehru Trophy Boat Race Society organizes the competition every year of the second Saturday of august. .
There are so many other category country-boats like Iruttukuthy, Veppu and Churulan vallam also participate in the race;
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race has brought Alappuzha(Alleppey) to be placed in the World Tourism Map
CHUNDAN VALLAM (SNAKE BOAT)
The boats are categorized by the name,shape, size and purposes. The Chundaanvallam is so called because of its pointed prow. The term of snake boat indicates the shape of the stern which resembles the raised hood of a snake. The front end of this type of boat will be tapering in shape and the rear end will be highly elevated from the water level. length measures about 60-65 meters and a capacity to carry over a hundred people during the race. The stern is majestically caparisoned and decorated with a flag and brass ornaments. Silken parasols are arrayed along the entire length of the boat. There will be 95 oarsman, 5 Controllers and 10 'Nilakkar' to cheer up rowers with drums and musics and keep up the enthusiasm of the participating rowers. These boats were the traditional battle vessels of Kerala.
- CHURULAN VALLAM (RACE BOAT)
- VAIPU VALLAM
winners of snake boat race
1952 Nadubhagam Boat club natubhagam chundan
1954 Kavalam team Kavalam Chundan
1955 Nedumudi NSS Karayogam Paarthasarathi Chundan
1956 Kavalam team Kavaalam chundan
1957 Ponga Boat club Neoplian Chundan
1958 Ponga Boat club Neoplian Chundan
1959 Ponga Boat club Neoplian Chundan
1960 Kavalam boat club Kavalam Chundan
1961 Ponga Boat club Neoplian Chundan
1962 Kavalam boat club Kavaalam chundan
1963 U.B.C Kainakari Kainakari chundan
1964 U.B.C Kainakari St. George Chundan
1965 U.B.C Kainakari Parthasarathi Chundan
1966 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu chundan
1967 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu chundan
1968 U.B.C Kainakari Parthasarathi Chundan
1969 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu chundan
1970 U.B.C Kainakari Kallooparamban chundan
1971 Kumarakam boat club Pulinkunnu boat club Kallooparamban chundan
1972 Kumarakam boat club Kallooparamban chundan
1973 Kumarakam boat club Kallooparamban & Karichal
1974 Friends boat club Karichal Chundan
1975 Friends boat club Karichal Chundan
1976 UBC Kainakari Karichal Chundan
1977 Thayankari boat club Jawahar chundan
1978 Thaynkari boat club jawahar thayankari
1979 UBC Kainakari Aayaparambu Valiya Diwanji
1980 Pullingati boat club Karichal chundan
1981 No Winners .
1982 Kumarakam boat club Karichal chundan
1983 Kumarakam boat club Karichal chundan
1984 Kumarakam boat club Karichal chundan
1985 Friends boat club jawahar thayankari
1986 Village boat club, Kainakari Karichal chundan
1987 Village boat club, Kainakari Karichal chundan
1988 Pallathurathi boat club Vellamkulangara Chundan
1989 UBC Kainakari champakulam chundan
1990 UBC Kainakari champakulam chundan
1991 UBC Kainakari champakulam chundan
1992 Sreelakshmana boat club Kallupramban chundan
1993 UBC Kainakari Kallupramban chundan
1994 Jet Airways champakulam chundan
1995 Alappuzha boat club champakulam chundan
1996 Alappuzha boat club champakulam chundan
1997 Navajeevan club Alappadan chundan
1998 Pallathuruthi boat club champakulam chundan
1999 Kumarakam town boat club Alappadan chundan
2000 Alappuzha boat club Karichal chundan
2001 Friends boat club Karichal chundan
2002 Kumarakam boat club Vellamkulangara chundan
2003 Navajeevan boat club Karichal chundan
2004 Kumarakam Town boat club Cheruthana chundan Caption Raju vadakkathu.
2005 Kumarakam Town boat club Payippad chundan, Caption Raju Vadakkathu.
2006 Kumarakam town boat club Payippad chundan, Raju Vadakkathu.
2007 Kumarakam town boat club Payippad chundan
2008 Kollam Jesus boat club Karichal chundan
2009 Kollam Jesus boat club champakulam chundan
2010 Kumarakam Town boat club Jawahar Thayankari
2011 Winners not decided
2012 Freedom Boat Club, Kainakary Sri Ganesh
2013 Harippadu Star Boat Club Sri Ganesh