Be a part of the Kerals’a oldest river boat fiesta: the Aranmula snake boat race. Chingam marks the
beginning of the Malayalam New Year and the start of the Onam festival, the harvest festival. It is
during this time (between August 15 and September 20 as per Malayalam Calendar) that the
AranmulaUthrittathiVallamkali (boat race) is held as part of the festivities every year. The boats used
for the race are referred to as Palliyodams or snake boats (long, sleek boats). The race is followed by
a feast in the Parthasarathy temple. Anyone can participate in the feast. Make your Kerala holidays
The venue of the race is the Pamba River (the third longest in the South Indian state of Kerala) in
Aranmula, Pathanamthitta district. The world-famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala (mala
means hills) is located on the banks of this holy river. The railway station which is near to the boar
race venue is Chengannur. Aranmula is about 10 kilometres away from the station. The nearest
airport is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, which is about 117 kilometres away.
The rustic splendour of Aranmula will be a great experience for tourists participating in the Onam
festivities in this place. And, the trip to Aranmula is never complete without a visit to the temple of
the residing deity Parthasarathy, more than 200 years old AranmulaKottaram (Palace), Elephant
training centre in Konni, Kakki Dam, Perunthenaruvi (waterfalls), and Gavi Eco Tourism Centre.