Alleppey Snake Boat Race
Nehru Trophy Boat Race

Date - August 11, Second Saturday, 2018
Call - 99614 66399
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Kerala boat race




11th consecutive year of successful organization of this event


The Nehru trophy alleppey snake boat race, falls on the second Saturday of Agust. It is a world famous boat race that still retains its amateur status . While other historic, traditional sports events similar to the Kerala boat race has turned wholly commercial over recent times, this unique Alappuzha boat race spectacle still retains its vibrant village festival spirit.

Among the many boat races held through the Kerala boat race season, the Nehru trophy boat race is the most popular. Thousands of locals, domestic and International tourists flock to Alleppey, Kerala for this p articular race.

The Kerala snake boat race is reputed to be the largest team sport in the world. Over 100 rovers, drummers, cheer chanters are on board the only in Alappuzha built 'chundan' valloms for the Kerala vallamkali.

History of Johnson's event for the Nehru trophy boat race.

Johnson Gilbert, tourism entrepreneur, based in Alleppey, Kerala runs a successful homestay and houseboat business over the last sixteen years.

10 years ago, after listening to complaints from his in house guests of the inconveniences on attending the Nehru trophy boat races, Johnson decided to tailor his alternative hassle free package for the tourists who visit Alleppey to watch the Kerala boat race. To this end, he custom designed an exclusive event, in which his guests watch the race from the comfort and safety of a houseboat.

As thousands of tourists visit Alappuzha for the race, Johnson decided to arrange accommodation for the tourists and combine it with his Kerala snake boat race package. Next by demand, he include houseboat stays as a natural extension of his Nehru trophy boat race event. Every year, Johnson utilizes his experience to usher in key changes for the convenience of his guests. One such important facility is the opportunity for his guests to reach the race later than the specified time or to leave early. This is an important arrangement as in case of an emergency, his guests can leave any time they choose, at a nominal extra charge.

His first such Alleppey snake boat race event was held in 2008 with about 40 guests. Now, the number of guests has risen to more than 200.

The advantage of his enterprise is that the guests are offered an exclusive, uninterrupted view in the safety and comfort of a houseboat. To and fro transportation is included, breakfast, lunch and hygienic drinking water is included. Johnson has also began to offers air conditioned houseboat for his discerning clientale.Till date it is the only way an attente can watch the race in air conditioned comfort.


On the morning of the race, 7:45 am - those who have booked the Kerala snake boat race tickets through Johnson are requested to turn up at his guesthouse, Johnson's (easy to find). From here, the organizer take care of everything until the end of the race. Transport is arranged - Taxi or rickshaw - to where the houseboats awaits. The houseboat cruises through the backwaters to the venue - Punnamada lake - for Nehru trophy boat race 2018. Breakfast, lunch and hygienic drinking water is included, free. Vegetarian food for pure vegetarians.

We can proudly declare that the above arrangements and conveniences are only offered by us, till date, on a professional yet friendly basis.

Highlights of Nehru trophy boat race 2018

* For the first time -Payment gateway installed on the site
  • For the first time exclusive new package - for families only.
  • Aircon and non aircon houseboats for this season' s Kerala boat race.
  • Special packages for those who wish to combine the Nehru trophy boat race, vallam kali, with other popular tourist destinations like Munnar, Athirapally, Fort Kochi, Periyar, etc.
  • Four seater, eight seater taxi cabs,or a traveller buses arranged for our guests.
  • As usual, accommodation or houseboat rentals are arranged.
  • Very Important- for those who wish to arrive late, or leave early from the race, special motorised canoes are arranged -at extra cost.
  • Tourists who arrange their own accommodation can still join Johnson's Nehru trophy boat race event, by buying the Kerala snake boat race tickets through him.

The excitement begins!

Nehru trophy boat race is known by various different names. For example, to the locals, it is 'vallamkali' (canoe games). International tourists prefer to call it the - Alleppey snake boat race. Domestic tourists out of Kerala, call it the Kerala boat race or Kerala snake boat race. Whatever one calls it, there is a common factor that drives all to attend the race on August 11th, Saturday 2018- it's a wonderful one of a kind sporting spectacle.

Nehru trophy boat race tickets - on full A/c houseboat - Rs.3300/- per person

(Includes welcome drink, b'fast, lunch, tea/snacks, hygienic drinking water, transport to boat is included)


Nehru trophy boat race tickets - on non A/c houseboat- Rs.2500/- per person

(Includes lunch and hygienic drinking water, transport to boat is included)

Nehru trophy boat race tickets -Exclusive family packages on full A/c houseboat - Rs.3750/- per person

(Includes welcome drink, b'fast, lunch, tea/snacks, hygienic drinking water, transport to boat is included)


Nehru trophy boat race tickets -Exclusive family packages on non A/c houseboat- Rs.3400/- per person

(Includes lunch and hygienic drinking water, transport to boat on morning of race is included)

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