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Champakulam Moolam Boat Race, Alappuzha, Kerala
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The traditional annual boat race of Kerala begin in July at Champakulam. This festival is known as ' Moolam Vallamkali'. Moolam signifies a Malayalam asterism (star or Nakshathram), Moolam of the month Mithunam. The Champakulam Moolam Boat Race is held on Moolam day of Midhunam. The Champakulam boat race is the first one during this season and has a tradition of centuries.
July 10, 2006
Champakulam, about 26 km from Alappuzha Kerala, with its winding stretches of backwaters and rivers, is famous for its native boat races held in different parts of the State in the harvest season.
The festivities include spectacular water floats, decorated boats, Vanchipattu - the song of the oarsmen and the most thrilling Chundanvallom race. Chundans are a category of boats over 100 feet in length with raised prows. They were first called snake boats by the foreign rulers.