Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
Kerala • India

From: India Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Kerala and the South Coast

Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
This ancient boat race dates back to 1545 AD in celebration of the journey that took place by Raja of Chempakasseri, Devanarayanan when transporting an idol of Krishna from Karikulam Temple to its new home at Ambalapuzha.

It was during the journey home that Raja stopped overnight at the Champakulam with the idol and so impressed was he with the level of love and respect that he commanded that an annual boat race would be held in commemoration of the events of the journey.

The event features many boat races with spectators lining the banks of the river Pampa. The most spectacular race is the snake boat race where teams of well over 100 men race on boats around 100 feet in length. There are beautifully decorated floats, several performing artists and plenty of music adding to the festival spirit of the event.

Date Of Champakulam Moolam Boat Race
The boat race is held on moolam day within the Malayalam month of Midhunam which roughly corresponds with the English months of June/July.

This unique event is held in Champakulam, Alappuzha within Kerala in the south of India with the famous snake boat race taking place on the River Pampa.

Travel Guide
Champakulam can be easily reached by train to Alappuzha which is around 10 miles away and where there are frequent busses to Champakulam available, alternatively you could fly to Cochin International Airport which is around 60 miles away from Champakulam and where you can then travel by train or bus to Alappuzha and then onward to the boat race.