The snake-boats, it is said, have its origins in Alappuzha with a history of
over 400 years when kings of erstwhile Chempakasseri (Ambalappuzha),
Kayamkulam, Thekkumkoor (Changanassery), and Vadakkumkoor (Kottayam) fought
battles on these boats in the backwaters of Kuttanad
Chundans or snake boats are some of the largest human powerd boats in the world. It can accomodate about 100 oarsmen who can produce 90 to 120strokes per minute, the 100 foot chundan can cover a distance of 1.4 kms in about 5 minutes.
The first design of a chundan was submitted by Kodupunna Venkitanarayanan Asari, because of the eel like structure these boats are called snake boats by foreigners.
Snake Boat race is stated to be the sport event having the highest number of members in a single team. Usually, a snake boat is manned by four helmsmen, 25 cheerers /singers and 100-125 oarsmen, who row in unison to the fast rhythm of `vanchipattu'or boatmen's song.
Ayyaparambu pandi chundan
Ayyaparambu Valiya Deevanji
Sree Ganesh chundan
Karuvatta Puthen Chundan
Karuvatta Sree Vinayaka
maha devikadu kattil thekkethil chundan
Jawahar Thayankari chundan
Nadumbhagam chundan, the longest snake boat made of wood
St George chundan
Sree Vinayaka chundan
Illikkalam chundan snake boat
Palliyodam means boat of Lord Parthasarathy, presiding deity of the
centuries-old Sree Parthasarathy Temple at Aranmula. Aranmula palliyodams are
unique in their shape and structure.
The boats are equal in length at the front, centre and rear. Only the central portion touches the water. palliyodams whose length is 110 metre and above are called A batch palliyodams and the ones with length to 80 to 90 metre belong to the B batch
Aranmula uthrittathi water festival marking the idol installation anniversary
of arnamula sree parthasarathy temple is held at sathrakadavu of pamba river.
Its an annual ritualistic boat race. Palliyoda Seva Sanghom, organises this