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Karichal is a beautiful place with lot of backwaters, Rivers and paddy fields, located in Alappuzha District (Also known as “Venice of the East”) in Kerala ( “God’s own Country” and “50 must see places in the world”), the southern state of India. Karichal is 2 km.away from Haripad Kacheri Jn. (Karichal Starts from Thrippakkudam Jn, and ends at
Karichal Kadavu- Payippad Bridge). Karichal and Payippad is seperated by Achankovil river.
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The Vallamkali was first originated in Assyria, on a New Year day in BC.300. The history also reveals that, the Vallamkali (Boat Race) also took place in some other countries like The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Combodia, Bangkok, Burma, Britain etc. In ancient India the boat race was conducted by so many States Vallam Kali (or Vallamkali) literally means boat game (boat race) in Malayalam. It is the traditional boat

According to the history , people of Karichal area owned a snake boat more than 120 years , this new boat was launched in 1970 . It is 53.25 koal long and 51 angulam by breadth. It was constructed by a team lead by Kozhimukku Narayanan Achari and has won Nehru Trophy in 1974, 75, 76, 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 2000, 01, 03 , 2008 &The
Year1973Karichal and Kallooparamban Equal won (Total14 times won Karichal the Great)
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Karichal won Nehru Trophy in 1973(mutual winner with Kallupprampan ).Karichal won trophies in all other boat races several times.Karichal is famous for hatrics .2 times in nehru trophy (1974, 75, 76 & 82, 83, 84), 3 times in payipad jalotsavam (including 2006,07 & 08) , One in Indiragandhi trophy, Eranakulam and One in
Pandanadu Gosalakrishna Boat Race. Karichal won the trophies several times at Karuvatta Jalolsavam
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Kovilmukku Narayan Achari was the team leader of constructing Great Karichal Chundan. Changankeri Govindan Achari and Thankappan Achari were his right hand for the construction. The responsibility for providing suitable Anjili wood was given to Pattathil Vasupillai and Kadoor Mekkathil Kesavan Achari. They traveled so many places for Aanjili Wood and finally collected the suitable Aanjali Wood from Eerattupetta
The great Karichal chundan is constructed with 53.25 koal long and 51 angulam by breadth.
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The construction of Haripad Temple was took place by the leadership of some elite Brahmin illams like Pullamvazhi, Changarappalli, Thazoor and Kizhikulam. After the construction, the temple was not opened for the public because of the lack of a fine idol. At that baffling situation some of the Brahmanas had a dream about an idol, which was situated in the Govinda Muttom backwaters at kayamkulam
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Karichal won Nehru Trophy in 1973(mutual winner with Kallupprampan ).Karichal won trophies in all other boat races several times.Karichal is famous for hatrics .Two times in nehru trophy (1974, 75, 76 & 82, 83, 84), Three times in payipad jalotsavam (including 2006,07 & 08) , One in Indiragandhi trophy, Eranakulam and One in Pandanadu Gosalakrishna Boat Race.
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Nehru Trophy Boat Race is an annual event which is organized at the Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha, Kerala. It is held every year on the second Saturday of August. Nehru Trophy Boat Race of Kerala is not only popular in India but also throughout the world. The first boat race on the Punnamada Lake was held in the year 1952 in the honor of visit of late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, to Alappuzha. He
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