The Nehru Trophy Boat Race which is popularly known as Snake Boat Race in Kerala will hold on 8th August this year. The annual festival which is a mix of sporting excellence and festive cheer takes place in Kerala’s Alappuzha town with great pomp and show. More than just a sport event this grand carnival calls international as well as domestic crowd to cheer up the participants getting involved into an energetic activity. The event takes place on the second Saturday of August every year at Keralas Punnamada Lake.
According to the royal custom of Travancore, dignitaries were to be welcomed holding a boat race. In 1952 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, came to visit Kerala, a boat race was organised. While watching this boat race he got excited so much that he jumped into the winning boat without being worried about the security concerns. When he came back to Delhi, he announced a trophy for the winning team which was nothing but the replica of a boat made in silver. Thus today’s trophy is named after the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.