Flowing through the village of Champakulam, 15 km near Alleppey, the Pamba River is one of the most important rivers in Kerala. It is here where the famous Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is held every year. One of the oldest boat races in Kerala.
Governor Nikhil Kumar will inaugurate the race. Altogether 29 country boats, including nine snake boats, will be competing in the race.
The winner of the main contest among snake boats will lift the Rajapramukhan trophy. The race is perhaps the second oldest in the State and has a history of over 450 years.
As per legend, Maharaja Devanarayana of Chempakasseri constructed a temple at Ambalappuzha as instructed by the royal priest. However just before the deity installation he was informed that the deity wasn't auspicious. The king was troubled, but his minister suggested a solution to bring down the beautiful idol of Sree Krishna from the Karikulam temple in Kurichi. The minister along with few others went to Kurichi and returned with the idol. While returning they stopped at Champakulam to spent the night and carry out a puja. Next morning from the entire region, boats gather to accompany the idol in a colorful ceremonial procession to the Temple.
The oldest snake boat race ever known with extremely long country boats is the main attraction.
Nearest railway station: Alappuzha about 17 km away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 85 km from Alappuzha.