THE HISTORY OF VALLAMKALI
The Nehru Trophy boat race is one of the most
important sports events in Kerala, India. It takes place
at the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha.
Every year on the second Saturday of August. The
original trophy was donated by Indian Prime Minister
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru as a rolling trophy to be
presented to the the winner of the Snake Boat Races,
after experiencingthe tremendous excitement of
sailing in a snake boat popularly
known as "Chundan".
The trophy is modelled on a snake boat made entirely
in silver that is placed on a wooden platform on which
the following words of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru are
inscribed above his signature:
"To the winner of the boat race, which is the unique
feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin".
THE BRAMPTON BOAT RACE
Brampton Boat Race is one of the only such event that
hosts the traditional Vallamkali in the whole of
North America. Brampton Malayalee Samajam is the first Malayalee Samajam in Canada to organize the real “Vallaumkali” in August 2009.
It brings alive the team spirit, integration and amity
of the people of Brampton and boat racing teams
from 'Gods Own Country'- Kerala!
The Boat Races held since 2009 were roaring successes.
The huge crowds that gathered to watch the races were thrilled by the magnificent fiesta that brough alive the tranquil backwaters of Heart Lake and Professors Lake.