The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of those events which the people of Kerala look forward to with excitement. Thousands of Keralites - men, women and children - throng the watersides of Alappuzha to witness the spectacle. Pavilions are set up for spectators on the banks and in the middle of Punnamada Lake - the venue of the race.
This boat race is so named because the trophy for the winners was instituted by former Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Over 16 chundan vallams participate in the race along with scores of smaller crafts like churulan, veppu, odi etc, with a prize for each category. There are separate races for women too. The race begins with a colorful pageant of floats, performing arts and decorated boats and goes on late into the evening.