Vallam Kali of Kerala
- Vallam Kali is a traditional boat race in Kerala, India.
- It is a form of canoe racing, and uses paddled war canoes. It is mainly conducted during the season of the harvest festival Onam in spring
- The race of chundan vallam (‘snake boat’) is the major event. Hence Vallam Kali is also known as the snake boat race
- The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a popular vallam kali event held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India.
- Vanchipattu (‘boatsong’) is the form of poetry in Malayalam language commonly used during vallam kali and related festivals.
- Vembanad (Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Kol or Punnamada Kayal) is the longest lake in India,and the largest lake in the state of Kerala
- The Vembanad wetland system covers an area of over 2033.02 km² and is also one of the largest wetland systems in India
Why in News
- Locals join hands to preserve a legendary snake boat that won the first Nehru trophy.
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