Boats used for these races come in different shapes and sizes. The special snake boat is called Chundan Vallam. The rowers sing songs known as Vanchipattu as they row the boats.
The most famous boat race in Kerala are the Aranmula Vallam Kali (Aranmula Uthrittathi) and Nehru Trophy Boat Race. Other main boat races are Champakulam Boat Race at Champakulam and Payippad Jelotsavam at Payippad.
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