The Aranmula Boat Race the oldest river boat fiesta in Kerala, the south western State of India is held during Onam (August-September). It takes place at Aranmula, near a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Arjuna. The snake boats move in pairs to the rhythm of full-throated singing and shouting watched by an exciting crowd.
In 1972, snake boat races were also added to the programme of the festival. Thousands of people gather on the banks of the river Pampa to watch the snake boat races