Nehru Trophy Boat race at Punnamada Lake, Alappuzha is one of the most significant and colourful boat races in Kerala. It is a world renowned event, held annually on the second Saturday of the month of August. The origin of the race goes back to 1952, when Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India visited Alleppey. He was given a roaring reception by the people of Alleppey, escorted by the huge snake-boats. Having gone through the excitement of sailing in a snake-boat, Jawaharlal Nehru donated a rolling trophy to be awarded to the winner of the race. The trophy is a replica of a snake-boat in silver, placed on wooden abacus on which the following words are inscribed - "To the winner of the boat-race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore-Cochin."