Aaranmula Boat Race is staged each year in the scenic village of Aaranmula
in August/ September. This river carnival is part of the
Aaranmula Temple festival.
Masses throng the shores of the River Pamba to watch an imposing cluster
of snake boats called 'Palliyodams'.
Each boat, nearly 100 feet long, is a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, with the stem curved to resemble the hood of a snake and a tampering bow. Festooned with silk and gold spangled umbrellas, the boats are manned by a crew of more than 100 men.