About Aranmula

Aranmula possesses all the attributes of rural Kerala. The local craftsmen engage in traditional crafts such as Arunmula metal mirror( Kannadi) , mural paintings and construction of boats which are taken to the river Pamba for the annual Palliyopdam boat race. The local dance centre exhibits old Kathakali dance dramas performed in traditional costumes.

Aranmula Temple

The famous Parthasarathi temple on the banks of the holy river Pamba dedicated to Lord Krishna attracts large number of devotees. The annual commemoration of the installation of the deity falls on the last day of the Onam festival. It is to coinside with this celebration that the aranmula boat race is held on that day.

Boat Race

The river Pamba at Aranmulla is the venue of this famous snake boat race .The snake boats present an extraordinary shape with a length of about 100 ft., the rear portion towering to a height of about 20 ft., and the front portion tapering gradually.The boat resembles a snake with its hood raised.


The race is held on the last day of the week long Onam Festival to commemorate Lord Krishna's crossing of the river. The participants cheerfully row up and down the river to the tune of songs known as vanchipattu.

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