Payippad Jalotsavam

Payippad Jalotsavam is an annual traditional boat race that takes place in Payippad, a small village in the Alappuzha district of Kerala, India. It is held on the fourth day of the Onam festival, which usually falls in the Malayalam month of Chingam (August/September).

The Payippad Jalotsavam is believed to have started over 1,300 years ago, during the reign of the King of Champakasseri. The race is a celebration of the water-rich culture of Kerala and is held in honor of Lord Subramanya, who is believed to have crossed the Payippad River during his travels.

The boat race is a spectacular event, with hundreds of rowers propelling their snake boats to the rhythm of traditional songs and music. The boats are brightly decorated and painted in vibrant colors, with intricate designs and patterns. The race is highly competitive, and teams from different villages and towns in the region compete fiercely for the top honors.

Apart from the main boat race, the Payippad Jalotsavam also features several other cultural events and festivities, including a colorful procession of decorated elephants, fireworks, and traditional dance and music performances.

The Payippad Jalotsavam is an important part of Kerala's cultural heritage and attracts thousands of tourists and spectators from around the world every year. It is a testament to the rich history, tradition, and spirit of the people of Kerala, and a celebration of their love for the water and the natural beauty of their land.

Payippad Boat race is one of the major snake boat races in Kerala.

Payippad Vallaarattu is a three day water festival. It is conducted in Payippad Lake, 35 km from Alappuzha, in memory of the Prathista ceremony of the deity at the Haripad Subrahmanya Swamy Temple.

The main highlights of the Payippad Boat Race is Chundanvalloms or snake boats. The swift "Chundanvalloms" racing through the blue, crystalline waters are, indeed, a treat to the eyes of the spectators.

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