President's Trophy Boat Race
The President's Trophy Boat Race (Malayalam: പ്രസിഡന്റ്'സ് ട്രോഫി വള്ളം കളി) is a popular Vallam Kali held on the Ashtamudi lake in Kollam on November 1 every year.The day marks the birth of the Indian state of Kerala known as Kerala Piravi.
There would be races in five categories, namely Chundan Vallam (snake-boats), two grades of Veppu Vallam, and two grades of Iruttukuthi Vallam. Sixteen snake-boats would compete in four heats.
The trophy had been instituted in the name of the President of India. President of India will be present to witness the race and would also give away the trophy and cash prize to the winning team.
About the event
Kollam is a miniature of Kerala in all its pomp and pride in tourism map. The Ashtamudi Lake – beautiful calm water spread with enchanting greenery on the blanks. It is also gifted with unique representative features - sea, lakes plains, monuments, rivers, streams, backwaters, forest, and vast green fields.
The venue is at Gateway of Ashtamudi. The race will start from the water column near Thevally Palace and finishing point will be front of the house boat terminal. The water body having 1250 m long in between these two points is scheduled as the Track for the race.
As the oarsmen throw their oars in unison to the fast paced rhythm of the vanchipattu (Song of the Boatmen), the huge black crafts slice through pristine race course of Ashtamudi Lake to a spectacular finish. Hundreds of spectators, including tourists from abroad, thronging the lake front, erupts out of joy.
Boat race is telecasted live in DD National and DD Malayalam.
Champions - first edition
Her Excellency the Honorable President of India, Smt.Pratibha Devisingh Patil gave away the President's Trophy and cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh to the winners.
Trophies and prize money
The gold-plated trophy and rupees 10 lakhs cash award.
|2011||Sree Ganesh Chundan||Saint Francis Boat Club||K Arun Kumar|
|2012||Jawahar Thayankari||Sangam Kannety|
|2013||KARICHAL||Jesus Boat Club-Kollam|
|2014||Anary||Kumarakam Town Boat Club|
- Chief Patron: Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala
- Chairman: District Collector of Kollam
- General Convener: District Magistrate of Kollam
- Mayor, Corporation of Kollam
Other notable boat races in Kerala
Other notable events in city
- The Hindu News Paper KOLLAM, August 10, 2011
- The Hindu News Paper KOLLAM, August 9, 2011
- The Hindu News Paper KOLLAM, July 17, 2011