Aranmula Boat Race
Aranmula Vallamkali is an annual water sports meet especially for boat races held in Aranmula district. The water fiesta is organized during Onam in the month of September. This Boat race owes its origin to the Sree Parthasarathy Temple situated on the banks of the Pamba River.
The participants, who are trained to row these boats, compete not merely for winning the competition but to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Krishna idol installation, the main diety at the Aranmula Parthasarathy temple. As according to history Lord Krishna crossed river Pamba, Lord Krishna conducts the race in the Pamba River in front of the temple to commemorate the crossing of the river.
This annual event attracts tourists from all over the world. The snake boats that participate in this colorful carnival are called Palliyodams. The structure of these boats resemble snakes and are about 100 feet in length, with its front tapering, hood raised and the rear portion towering to a height of about 20 ft.