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Given here is information about the Aranmula Boat Race of Kerala.

Aranmula Boat Race

Venue: Pampa Lake, Aranmula (District Pathanamthitta) Kerala
Highlights: As many as 30 boats participate in the snake boat race
Time: August/September (During the Onam festival)
Other Attractions: Parthasarthy temple (dedicated to Lord krishna), metal Mirrors, Murals
How to Reach Aranmula: Nearest Railway Station- Chengannur(11 Km), Cochin and Trivandrum airports are about 130 Km

Aranmula Boat Race KeralaAranmula boat race is one the most popular events in Kerala. It is one event where one can see the true meaning of friendly rivalry. In Kerala, Aranmula boat race is celebrated on the last day of the 7-day long Onam festival. The Aranmula boat race of Kerala is held at Sri Parthasarathy temple where thousands of people assemble to cheer up for the participants of the boat race.

The snake boats are usually 100 feet long, that have a tapering end, which stands up like a scorpion's tail. It is capable of accommodating more than 100 people. There are usually around 100 oarsmen, 20 singers and 4 helmsmen on a single boat. The objective of the race is not winning a trophy. The boats have keep up with each other's speed and try to reach the finish line simultaneously. This promotes healthy attitude among people and everyone enjoys while cheering and watching the boatmen trying to keep up with each other. The boats are beautifully decorated and ornamented with red silk umbrellas. It is basically the time to enjoy and spread cheer.