Karichal Chundan

Karichal Chundan is a traditional long snake boat that is used for racing in the backwaters of Kerala, India. The boat is named after Karichal, a small village in Alappuzha district of Kerala, where it was first built.

The Karichal Chundan is one of the largest and longest snake boats in Kerala, measuring around 100 to 130 feet in length and capable of accommodating around 100 rowers. The boat is made of wood, primarily using the jackfruit tree and is painted in bright colors with intricate designs and patterns.

The Karichal Chundan is known for its speed and agility and is used for racing during the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which is held on the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha. The race is a popular tourist attraction and draws thousands of spectators from all over the world.

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held on the second Saturday of August every year and is named after India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The race is a fierce competition among various teams, each representing a different village or town in Kerala. The boats are rowed to the rhythm of traditional songs and music, and the race is an exciting spectacle to watch.

The Karichal Chundan is not just a racing boat but is also an important part of Kerala's cultural heritage. It is an expression of the state's history, tradition, and way of life, and represents the hard work, dedication, and spirit of the people of Kerala.

Website with all information on Karichal Chundan Vallom.

The people of Karichal owned a snake boat more than 120 years ago and the present boat was launched in 1970, constructed by a team lead by Kozhimukku Narayanan Achar.

Karichal Chundan Won the Nehru Trophy 14 times.

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