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The Champakulam Boat race is one of the oldest vallam kali (snake boat races) in Kerala after the one in Aranmula. Vallam Kali is famous in the south Indian state Kerala. Each year the snake boat race takes place in various districts and voillages in Kerala. The race takes place on river Pamba each year and hundreds of trained young individuals participate in the competition that’s a treat to watch. Champakulam is one of the best places to visit in Monsoon in Kerala, considering the fact that you’ll be able to witness some of the most amazing synchrony. A beautiful procession is carried out before the race with beautifully decorated and carved water floats and boats decorated with flowers. The Champakulam Boat race is an event you cannot afford to miss while in Kerala. This year the Champakulam boat race will be hosted on June 20, 2016 near Alappuzha. Here are some pictures from the previous year’s races that will blow your mind away.

Hundreds of years back, it is believed that a king established a temple dedicated to Krishna when he learned that the idol was inauspicious.

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The king was adviced to place another idol which that was kept the Karinkulam temple in Kurichi.

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When they went to get the idol, on their way back, they were hosted by a Christian family.

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Grateful for their hospitality, the king decided to build a church in Champakulam.

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That was when the king decided to have a water carnival as reciprocation for the love he received from his Christian subjects.

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The festival started in the 16th century and has been successfully running since.

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Each year the locals participate in the event, making it one of the most awaited events of the year!

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Photographs: Shutterstock

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