Champakulam Boat Race

champakulam_boat_race One of the most popular boat races conducted in Kerala is the Champakulam Moolam Boat Race or Moolam Vallamkali. This boat race is conducted on the Pampa River and is held on the Moolam star of the Malayalam month Midhunam. It was on that day the deity of Lord Krishna was installed in Ambalappuzha temple. Champakulam boat race is the first boat race of the harvest season and marks the beginning of the boat races in Kerala. This is the oldest boat race conducted in Kerala.

A story is associated with the Champakulam boat race. According to the legend, the ruler of Chempakasseri, Maharaja Devanarayana built a temple at Ambalappuzha. The deity to be installed in this temple was to be bought from the Karikulam temple of Kurichi. The deity there was handed to Arjuna by Lord Krishna himself. The ministers bought the idol from the Karikulam temple and they spent a night at Champakulam and performed special Poojas from there. The idol was then taken in a colorful and ceremonial procession accompanied by all the boats in that area. This boat race conducted in memory of that procession has around 500 years old tradition.

At present, boat races are conducted for all categories of boats and the main attraction is the Snake boat race. Colorful water floats, processions, decorated boats etc. are also part of the festival. Local people as well as tourists come to Champakulam on this day to witness the boat race.

How To Reach

District Alappuzha
Near Bus Station Alappuzha bus station at a distance of 20 kms
Near Railway Station Alappuzha railway station at a distance of 26 kms
Near Airport Cochin International Airport at a distance of 110 kms from Alappuzha