Kerala's traditional snake boat racing , which is held during onam, is set to become an IPL-like league-based sport with the inaugural edition pf the Kerala Boat Race League scheduled to start in August this year. The league comprising nine races,will feature snake boats, which are usually 100 - foot long and require around a hundred rowers to ride.
The State government has given all permissions necessary for a revamped Kerala Boat RAce League (KBL) to take place this season. However, only snake boats, which are known as 'vallam kali' , have been allowed to be a part of this league. Other traditional boat races will take place outside the league.
“Only snake boats will be allowed to participate in the KBL. The competitions of small boats will be held as usual. We hope that from next year , KBL will get many more sponsors, said Finance Minister T M Thomas Issac.