Kerala Boat Race

Kuttanadu in the land of lakes and rivers, competing with the boat is something of a snake cult, just as bull fighting is in Spain. Alise and immaculately counterweight, the snake boats are the pride of every village. These boats race dominate the thoughts and actions of people in this region during the months of August and September, when further 20 minor and major regattas take place.

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The water festival is unique in Kuttanad. No other country in the world has such festivities. The large number of participants in a boat that competes with the only brand still no other sport in the world has a very large number in a computer. How synchronized rowing requires long training and fitness devotee and inherent. Those who addressed the need of the container with the knowledge of the flow of water, energy from the observation of high-class, and they must be well versify in various aspects of competing with the boat. The most noteworthy boat races are a single careless act of a single participant take a boat to lose in the race.

Most of the major festivals of the water in the region are associated with the legends connected with famous temples like champakkulam (Ambalapuzha) Payipad (Haripad) and Aranmula. The best of these festivals keeps the flavor of the ancient culture of Kerala, especially the race boat Uthrithathi of the pampas in Aranmula, where dedication, music and art and the rugged grandeur of the boats, known as Palliyodams, make it a unique experience for viewers.

Kuttanadu is a vast extension of the water in certain seasons. This area which is flooded in the central part of Travancore is a region that covers 34,443 acres of agricultural region. It is crossed by several rivers, namely Pamba Achankovil and Manimala. These rivers are washed into the lake Vembanadu. Some years ago, the current Kuttanadu was part of the lake Vembanadu. Hired adventurous and illustrious people of this particular part of the country's ongoing recovery of the land submerged by water and one thousand four hundred years. The recovery of the land still continues.

The inhabitants of Kuttanadu are agronomists of occupation. Dedicated to the cultivation of trees and coconut rice on reclaimed land. As natural conditions allow the lifting of only one crop of rice, the rest of the time people get immersed in the festivities.

Because the boats are in the country needs in the rugged life of Kuttanadu and an extensive area of garden soil is prohibitive luxury organized other sports, it is no wonder that she found the boats as their means of enjoyment. The origin of the current breed of boat is very recent. Before people used to ride a boat like Chundan of AusAID in Veppu, etc. To make a colorful and musical procession. Later created only instill the enthusiasm and spirit that enjoyed among the people of the area, race systems were introduced. The festival of boats in Aranmula snake is still a religious procession. The current boat races in Kuttanad have a history connected with the rules of the time. The boat race Chambakulam Moolam is considered to be the oldest.


The history of these boats struggle back 400 years in history when the rajas of the former principalities of Chempakasseri (Ambalappuzha) of Kayamkulam of Thekkumkoor (Changanacherry) and Vadakkumkoor (Kottayam) in the old Travancore area, which are part of present Alappuzha district and Kottayam district, frequently crossed swords on the backwaters of Kuttanad. Chempakasserry troops suffered heavy death at the hands of the Navy ordered higher than its rivals. It soon dawned on the Raja of Chempakasserry that the real defect was with his ships of war, who were inactive and Cumbe.

He called on all the architects of the boat in the land to his court and told them of his desire to have better boats, faster for the troops. After days of hard work, a man who was reputed to be the best boat architect Chempakasserry, Koduppunna Venkitanarayanan Asari, came up with a specimen that met the requirements of the split. He had speed, maneuverability and the ability to carry 100 warriors on board sound and eel-like construction was most ideal for launching an ambush since it could easily be kept hidden behind the bushes on the banks of outstanding river. Asari was rewarded the rich and the subsequent battles, the Raja of Chempakasseri emerged victorious.


The story turns on how the words of defeated Kayamkulam Raja sent a spy to Chempakasserri to learn the secret of the new vessel of war. The spy, a beautiful youth, considered successful seduction of the daughter of Asari. The mother of the girl, overjoyed by the prospect of doing this as her daughter and boyfriend persuaded her husband to teach the construction of the boat.

Needless to say, misleading the youth disappeared the moment the thought that he had learned the secret. Asari was imprisoned by Chempakasserri Raja for treason. But what they released and were watered with many honors when the snake boats built by the Kayamkulam Raja proved no match for ninguÌ No vessels of war in the battle of Chempakasserry below. The delicacy of the design of a snake boat is hard to choose, and even now requires years of apprenticeship under a chief architect of the boat before one could independently undertake the construction of this old boat.

When a village decides to have a new boat of the serpent, formed a committee to raise Rs.6 lakhs it requires now to build the boat. Called the architect of the boat and the search for the tree of the required size anjili often leads to the villagers to the high ranges of Kerala. As the snake boat takes shape of the huge trunk, the Asari's `confident in their estimates mainly instinctive.

Recently, the first concern of the builders of the ship's boat to make snake as long as possible to build more and more rowers for speed. The boat of the serpent Nedumbhagom recently entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the longest rowing boat in the world. But its 135 feet in length have been made since then by boat Vellankulangara of the snake, which is 140 feet long.


Kuttanandu is a place of boats. Various classes of boats are always seen roaming the waters of this part of Kerala state. Kuttanadu boats are of several types according to their purpose.

Kochuvallams is used small boats to cross rivers and lakes. It also extends to their sizes.

Kettuvallams engines is largely office.

Churulans pleasure boats and is considered to be the transport of the rich people in ancient days. Churulan boats vary in length from 12 ½ to 20 ¼ koles and his team ranges from 10 to 36.

Chundans is supposed to be vessels of the Navy Chempakasserry rules. Have more than one hundred feet long and over hundred people are usually on board. Both ends of the boats were built in the water. The rear end has a height of about twenty feet from the water surface. Nearly eighty-six people are the rowers, ten to fifteen should give up, four should direct the container. It should be noted especially that the Chundans has maximum maneuverability among all classes of race boats.
The variety of Chundan (snake boat) boat race is usually 38 ½ to 48 ½ koles (koles that are equivalent to a 24-inch) long and accommodates 100 to 150 people.
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Veppu Vallams (Parunthuvalans) deemed that the boats were used to carry the stores for the soldiers on board the Chundans. Vaipu became Veppu usage. Vaipu cooking in the Malayalam media. The design and appearance of these vehicles differ from the rest of the boat race. Parunthuvalan length varies from 28 ¼ to 32 ¼ koles and accommodates 28 to 36 rowers.

Oadis or Iruttukuthies has a different origin. He was used for smuggling. It should be noted, it is in abundance in coastal areas near Cochin and suburbs. Its design is for speed. Both goals are similar. The handling is small, practically nothing. They are never turned up and just inside remados shuttle in the middle, turning around the rowers. The Odi, also called Cheru Chuda has a length of 28 ¼ to 32 ¼ koles and 40 to 60 rowers.

Various types of boats, all home-made out of indigenous materials are used for boat races, ranging from the great ship of the snake (Chundan) almost hundred feet long and with 150 rowers, the smallest measuring 18 feet and accommodates a dozen teams. The boats are taken out to shovel out of the single tree trunks, usually Kadampu and Anjili (Artocarpus hirsuta). A lot of skill, labor, time and money into making these boats that are objects of envy age and wonder beyond. The most popular varieties of boats competing called Chundan, Churulan, Odi (Iruttukuthi) and Parunthuvalan (Veppu) and each one differs from another in the shape of the rudder and the bow and capacity to accommodate the team. The differences in the construction of the remaining parts of the ships are not yet very pronounced but the structure varies naturally with the ships planned for the calm waters of the rivers and lakes, and receptacles they have to handle on the open pools, where waves and currents have to be found. The handling is quick and easy main concern with the manufacture of boats competing on the rivers and lakes. The water cut is minimized in these boats. PROAS and Their rudders are raised considerably above and also streamline the horizontal and vertical as well. Chundan The Odi and such boats are competing. In the construction of the vessels lying in order to negotiate open backwaters, taking care to consider that nearly falls off the water to the keel and heaviness of the cover is prevented by maintaining the rudder and the bow quite low. At any point, the gunwale is curved to prevent the waves estrallan inside as in the type of boat Churulan. The bow and the helm of these boats are of the same structure to facilitate easy maneuvering.

Of all the boats to race, imposting picturesque coasty is Chundan winds the boat. The stern of the ship the Serpent rises about 15 feet of water level, and is embellished with exquisite ornamental designs in wood and brass polished. The extent of the elaborate and expensive ornamentation, typical of the skill of local craftsmen, indicates wealth and eminence of the owner of the boat, long and narrow, the snake boats cut through the water with the majesty and tolerance.

The boats of the race, running in Kerala have a lot common with the war canoes of the old American Indian, the Maori of New Zealand and some of the aboriginal tribes of the tropical countries, particularly in view of the shape and structure, and how and inventions of propulsion.

Many of the boats belong to the race the common property of local people. Moreover, even the sole owner of the boats are often hired by a group of people belonging to a particular place in order to participate in a race boat. Infact, they spend the money on the order of lakhs of rupees for various breeds participating in a boat. The money required is raised frequently with the public contribution. In fact they consider it as a matter of pride to participate and win a boat race under the label and instead of jercy (Kara). Well, this season of the race boat shows provide an opportunity to enhance the warmth of friendship and brotherhood in the place, which is currently deteriorating in reason varies too much debt. Each race boat is being celebrated as the festival site. It is often a reunion of family members and others in the area. The festivals which have the effect of the individuals placed in remote locations to return to his native place at least once a year. The boat race is held as a festival Kara , children of the village will experience an irresistible temptation to be part of the festivities. The feeling These nostalgic boat races create, and makes every distant place close to his village to return home to participate in the festivities of the race boat. The social impact of the boat race is very high. In the Regattas, the different Karas which owns the vessel enters the race, and with determination, inspired by local patriotism, strive their best to knock off the prize. The competition is severe and sharp, despite the joy and the revelry that surrounds it.

The rowing boats for the race requires a lot of talent, training and work of the team. Row according to the rhythm of the song is not an easy job. Gives the appearance of a popular dance and songs sung on board the ships of the race especially for this purpose are called Vanchipattu.Know compound Vanchipattu more about this Vanchipattus is so popular that they have won considerable recognition are of Malayalam literature.

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