Images of India : Oldest River Boat fiesta in Kerala…

BoatraceAramA procession of snake boats (Chundan) during the Aranmula Boat Race in the Aranmula backwaters at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala (Aug 31) during the Onam festival. The snake boats assemble near the Parthasarathy Temple as its origin is attached with this temple. The race is held on the River Pamba in-front of the temple. The boat race is famous worldwide and has become an icon of Kerala, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The participants compete not just for winning, but to celebrate the anniversary of the Sri Krishna Idol installation. These boats are around 100 ft in length, have narrow fronts with raised hoods and rear portions towering to a height of around 20 ft. Around 40 boats participate in this event, each boat accommodates about 120 people including helmsmen, oarsmen and singers.