Kallada Boat Race (The Kallada Jalotsavam)
Kallada Boat Race (The Kallada Jalotsavam) is one of the most famous boat races held in South Kerala, India. The boat race is an annual event which happens 28 days after Onam (28 aam Onam). Almost all the famous snake boats (Chundanvallam) take part in this event. This boat race is held on the Muthiraparambu-Karuvathrakadavu course of the Kallada River. This year it will be conducted on the 29th of September. An organising committee under the patronship of education minister sri M.A Baby ,peoples representatives of Kollam has been organised for making the event a grand success.
11 Snakeboats including 5 Iruttukuthi A grade boats and vepp a b boats will participate this year. Tourism minister Kodiyeri balakrishnan will inaugurate the function The organising committee has decided to increase the prize money almost double than the last year. The winners will be awarded Rupees One lakh , Rupees Fifty thousand, rupees Twenty five thousand and rupees fifteen thousand respectively as first to fourth places.and rupees fifty thousand will be given to each team as bonus. It was also decided to form a special committee including the experts, to judge the performance of each team during the event, so as to increase the quality of the boat race.
The boat race is conducted along the straight portion (nettayam) of Kallada River. Famous achievers in various field are honoured during the event. This year Dr. K Venugopal a well acclaimed researcher in the field of medicine who received national award from Dr A.P.J.Abdul Kalam recently, was honored by the Minister for Education , Kerala Mr M A Baby. The Boat race can be conveniently viewed from the beautiful village Munroeisland (Munroethuruthu in vernacular). Munroeisland holds an important place in the touristmap of Kerala. The country boat sight seeing across Munroeisland conducted by the Kollam district tourist promotion council is the best of its kind in the country. Munroeisland can be reached from Kollam railway station by road(28 km).12 km from kundara $ 24 km from karunagapally at north. Kollam is 71 km away by road from the Trivandrun airport.