Aranmula Boat Race

The Aranmula Boat Race is the oldest river boat festival in Kerala. It is held during Onam between August and September at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala State. During this event, the snake boats (palliyodams) move in pairs and the oarsmen sing traditional boat songs.
This yearÂ’s Aranmula Boat Race commenced recently. It involves 120 people on board of palliyodams in the Pampa at Aranmula. For the second consecutive year, the event will not witness the participation of the general public. Prior to the pandemic, up to 5,000 individuals on board 52 snake boats attended the event.


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