Aranmula Vallamkali is the oldest river boat fiesta in India. It takes place during Onam festival at Aranmula; near Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, a Hindu temple of Lord Krishna and Arjuna in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.
Kerala– the God’s Own Country is acclaiming charismatic festivals, one after the other in the month of July- August. Yearly, it celebrates a lot many cultural fests, religious festivals and traditional events with much gusto and devotion. Backwater rides, incredible houseboats, exquisite rivers and alluring countryside are the real charms of this place. With the perfect weather in monsoon season, Kerala shines with an alluring beauty of river, seas, lakes and backwaters. After Onam Festival- one of the biggest carnivals in Kerala state, Malayalis celebrate the popular- Arnamula Vallamkali. Let’s explore a few wonderful features about this exotic- Snake Boat Race Festival at Kerala.
Aranmula Vallamkali – A traditional competition after Onam celebration
On the Uthrattathi day, i.e. the on the fifth day after Onam Festival, this state festival of Boat-race is greatly admired in the backwaters. This water carnival is also observed on the Pamba River. Local People make a marked change in the form of snakes or dragons onto their respective boats with men holding umbrellas in each boat. It is a traditional competition glorified just after Onam. The crew and the riders who board on snake-boats sing rhythm traditional songs, known as ‘vanchipattu’. Snake Boat Race is categorized in two groups and trophies are eventually distributed to the winners.
A Holy day to set the main deity of Aranmula Parthasarathy temple
Kerala is immensely abundant on grounds of different types of temples with beautiful infrastructure and murals. Each year, Kerala exalts unique festivals in those temples with a set of rituals and traditional ceremonies. Thiru Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple dedicated to Lord-Krishna, beholds a horde of devotees in this special – Snake Boat Race festival. These royal Kerala snake-boats take participation to pay homage to Parthasarathy and are popular with the name- Palliyodams.
More of a Religious Ceremony than a Snake Boat Race
In a green stupendous Aranmula village situate at Kozhencherry Taluk of Pathanamthitta district, Aranmula Vallamkali; Snake boat race is glimpsed as one of the important festivals, solemnized at the banks of the River Pamba. Being one of the oldest rituals among the Malalyalis since ages, it has now grown into a grand celebration. During the harvest festival, this Snake Boat-Race attracts many visitors, who especially come on Kerala tour to spot this backwater religious ceremony.
To explore the allure, it is highly recommended to visit this God’s vicinity Kerala in the month of August-September to witness these eye-catching festivals such as Onam and Snake Boat Race etc.