The President’s Trophy Boat Race or Ashtamudi boat race is a famous boat race held in the Ashtamudi Lake in Kollam district. It is held in the Malayalam month Chingam on Atham star that marks the beginning of Onam season. This vallam kali is a newly added boat race and is conducted annually. The various boat types that participate in the race include Chundan Vallams, Veppu Vallams and Iruttukuthi Vallams and the major attraction is that of the snake boat race. Around 16 snake boats participate in the event. The track of the race is from Thevally Palace up to the Kollam boat jetty.
The trophy given to the winner is in the name of the President of India and the gold plated trophy costs around 10 Lakh Rs. It is the only regatta in the country in the name of the President of India and the President will be also present to witness this boat race. It is the President who gives the winner the trophy and the cash award. More than a lakh of people both locals and tourists gather at Ashtamudi Lake to enjoy this event.
How To Reach
|Near Bus Station||Ernakulam KSRTC bus stand at a distance of 16kms|
|Near Railway Station||Ernakulam railway station at a distance of 15 kms|
|Near Airport||Cochin International airport at a distance of 40kms|