20 snake boats will compete in the Nehru Trophy on Sunday | Alappuzha

Alappuzha: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate this year’s Nehru Trophy boat race at Lake Punnamada in Alappuzha district on Sunday, September 4. Twenty snake boats will compete for the coveted trophy and the heats will start at 11 a.m. that day.

There would be competitions in nine categories for which 79 boats, including 22 snake boats (chundan vallams), had entered. However, two snake boats later withdrew from the competition, reducing the number of competitors to 20.

Between rounds, the Chief Minister will proceed with the official inauguration of the water festival at 2:30 p.m. Ministers KN Balagopal, K Rajan, P Prasad, PA Muhammad Rias and Roshy Augustine will be present at the ceremony. After the inaugural ceremony, competitions will resume at 3 p.m. and the final race is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The elimination rounds will be held with four teams each and the top four teams with the fastest times will advance to the final. The Nehru Trophy is awarded to the snake boat that wins the final race.

Ticket sales
Tickets for the race are available online and offline. While online sales are made through the South Indian Bank website, Ticketgenie and Paytm Insider, offline tickets are sold from various government offices. The ticket price ranges from Rs 100 to 3,000.

KSRTC Special Services
The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will provide services from various districts of Kerala to Punnamada under its budget tour program for the Nehru Trophy. Chartered buses would be arranged for this purpose and entry is for ‘Silver’ and ‘Gold’ category tickets priced at Rs 500 and 1,000 respectively.

Spectators arriving directly to Alappuzha from other districts can also purchase tickets at the special counter at KSRTC’s Alappuzha depot. Tickets will also be issued when details such as name, pass category and number of tickets required are sent by WhatsApp to 98464 75874 along with online money transfer.

Earnest A. Martinez