Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 won by Shree Ganesha Chundan

Shree Ganesha Chundan won the Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013

Shree Ganesha Chundan has won the Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 was held at Kerala. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 was held on 9th of August 2013 at Punnamada Lake in Alleppey (Alappuzha), South Kerala. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 winner Shree Ganesha Chundan belonged to St. Francis Boat Club, Harrippad. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 was the 61st edition of this famous event. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 winner Shree Ganeshan Chundan has won the race twice now, he was the consecutive win for this event. The winning boat was captained by Arunkumar, Karthikapally. However, the previous year, 2012 it was captained by Jiji Jacob under Freedom Boat Club, Kainakary. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 second runner-up was Jawahar Thayankeri and Anari Chundan paced 2nd and 3rd positions respectively. Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 winner Ganeshan was honored with the silver trophy that wzs donated by Former Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952 with his signature embossed on it.

Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013 winner

Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2013

Chundan is the snake boat and a total of 22 snake boats participated and 41 other country boats had participated in this famous event. Nikhil Kumar, Hon’ble Governor of Kerala and K. Chiranjeevi, Hon’ble Union Tourism Minister inaugurated the event.

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What is a Nehru Trophy Boat Race?

Nehru Trophy Boat race at Punnamada, Alappuzha is one of the most significant and colorful boat races in Kerala. It is a world renowned event, held annually on the second Saturday of the month of August in the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha. Boats of all sizes compete in different events in the boat race.

The most prestigious and interesting event among the races is the competition of the “Chundan Vallam” or the snake boats. These majestic boats measuring a length of 30 to 60 metres (over 100 ft) with a raised prow, are quite impressive and can accommodate around 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 cheer leaders. The boats are well decorated with colorful trimmings and umbrellas during the race. Champakulam, Kavalam, Karichal, Jawahar Thayangari, Kallooparamban, Pacha, Pulincunnu, Nedubhagam, Cheruthana, Kandangari and Paippad are the chief competitors for the trophy. The huge boats racing through the blue backwaters is a spectacular sight. The venue is 5kms from Alappuzha railway station and a walk able distance from Alappuzha bus stand.

This race became a regular annual event after the visit of India’s 1st Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru in 1952 to Alappuzha. He was so impressed with the impromptu race conducted on his behalf that he donated a Silver Trophy, which is a replica of a snake boat placed on a wooden abacus, with the words “To the winner of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore – Cochin” inscribed on it.     


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