Yes it is the time of the prestigious 65th Nehru Trophy Boat Race, where the silence of the lake is sliced by the slashing oars of the pacing boats.
The Nehru Trophy Boat Race named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is conducted on the Punnamda Lake, near Alappuzha, on the second Saturday of August every year. On the day of this fiercely fought boat race, the tranquil lake front is transformed into a sea of humanity with an estimated two lakh people, including tourists from abroad for watching it. For the people of each village in Kuttanad, a victory at this race for their village boat is something to be celebrated for months to come.
The Nehru trophy alleppey snake boat race, falls on the second Saturday of Agust. It is a world famous boat race that still retains its amateur status . While other historic, traditional sports events similar to the Kerala boat race has turned wholly commercial over recent times, this unique Alappuzha boat race spectacle still retains its vibrant village festival spirit.
Among the many boat races held through the Kerala boat race season, the Nehru trophy boat race is the most popular. Thousands of locals, domestic and International tourists flock to Alleppey, Kerala for this particular race.
The Kerala snake boat race is reputed to be the largest team sport in the world. Over 100 rovers, drummers, cheer chanters are on board the only in Alappuzha built 'chundan' valloms for the Kerala vallamkali.