Kochi (Kerala), Aug.10 (ANI): Oarsmen raced furiously through the backwaters in snake boats in Kerala's Alappuzha district, heralding the beginning of the tourist season in the state.
The fourth edition of the race was organised in the Punnamada Lake, and oarsmen were seen vying for the coveted Nehru Trophy.
One of the organisers said that the venue was conducive for boating and other related activities, adding that there is a dearth of such destinations in the country.
"This is a very good boating place; there is a dearth of good places for boating in India. Some other championship is also taking place out here and this place is completely worth it," said Senthil, an organiser.
There are also some snake and dragon boats on display for the visitors, who generally try to coincide their trips with such races in 'God's own country'.
One of the participants said that she was thrilled to be a part of such an event and looked forward to such championships in the future as well.
"It feels really good to be here and I am very happy to participate," said Malti, a participant.
The tourist season in Kerala begins in the second week of August, peaks towards end of December and ends in January.
The popularity of such races has increased manifold in the last few years. The provincial administration seeks to introduce such events in several other districts in the state. (ANI)