Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

WPC: ‘Quest’ for glory, Mangalassery Jalotsavam

Yet another Onam season and one more edition of ‘Jalotsavam’ or the ‘Vallamkali (Country boat race)’ in North Kerala…

I had been to here last time and shared my experiences here in my post…

Unlike it’s more famed cousins of south Kerala like Aranmula Vallamkali where the traditional snake boat race in the vast backwaters happens , it’s organised in Kuppam river by ‘Navodaya Club‘ with stunning natural settings…


Slowly people have started watching with great passion and sinking in the spirit of Vallamkali…

Local clubs have now become more competent and the races are fought with intensity.

Still visitors have an upper hand due to their experience and fine tuned techniques and the local teams are still pursuing their Quest for glory


This time, I watched most of the race from a nearby hilltop and we had yet another great evening …


35 thoughts on “WPC: ‘Quest’ for glory, Mangalassery Jalotsavam”

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

      The real Vallamkali or snake boat race happens in South Kerala, and it’s part of the local culture…

      Here in North Kerala it’s been introduced for last 8-9 years only.

      Anyway, if you are interested you can plan a trip to Kerala during Onam season …

      Have a nice day 🙂


  1. Beautifully done again, Sreejith. Quite a variety of shots and you certainly captured the atmosphere very well from a top the hill where you were sitting. Very impressive with your camera’s zoom, zooming in on the kid pedaling. He/She looks to be concentrating very hard.

    My favourite shot out of the lot has to be the one of those people standing up on the boat, juxtaposed by everyone else sitting down. I guess those people standing up have won the race… or maybe something went wrong with their boat:D

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Mabel, for your lovely comments 🙂

      To be frank, I had only one lens with me, a telephoto one and during the race, I shot some close up images from the river bank and moved up hill to get the wide angle ones 🙂

      I am truly rewarded here with all these nice comments, for all the walk up and down 🙂

      The organizers of the event later requested a few of my images for their souvenir and I felt great 🙂

      I think, the image you mentioned is about the final race, with two leading boats at neck to neck and the one with people standing is the one which just couldn’t qualify for the finals.

      Next time, I will visit there with a wide angle lens and a telephoto, for sure, to save me from muscle pulls, he he 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Beautiful photos, Sreejith. I took some photos of Dragon boat race one time and had to delete all of them ;-( You make it look easy.
    I still have that monkey face in my head… and that pair of hands. That’s what I like about your photos: they stay in people’s mind.
    Have a great day!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Helen 🙂

      I didn’t really planned this trip and I had only a telephoto lens, and the light was also not great… but I just wanted to share these images 🙂

      So nice to see that you liked them 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Robin 🙂

      All these boat races used to happen during the Onam time and the story of Onam is linked to the Demon king ‘Mahabali’.

      Some one put on these make ups to make the crowd, especially the kids, interested… 🙂

      Have a beautiful day 🙂


    1. I am honored to hear these comments, Sue 🙂

      We are simply lucky to have such beautiful places around 🙂

      The organizers of this event is a small group of guys and we really have to appreciate their efforts…

      Have a beautiful day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Great to see that you have experienced ‘VallamKali’ before 🙂

      I have never been to the real Vallamkali of South Kerala.

      I am so glad to see that, you liked this post and thank you so much for your appreciative comments 🙂

      Have a nice day 🙂


  3. Fascinating shots with the calm meandering waters and the beautiful boats. I was not aware of the difference between the boat race of North and South Kerala. Thanks for sharing the information. I am yet to witness this famous and beautiful boat race of Kerala.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your appreciative comments, Sarmistha 🙂

      If you plan to be part of a Snake Boat Race, then South Kerala is the place to be 🙂

      But, we have some great settings here with rivers and hills that really makes them look stunning and provide great opportunities for photography 🙂

      Hope you will be able to make it to Kerala soon 🙂

      Have a beautiful day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Amy 🙂

      The place is stunning indeed and I found it only a couple of years back, though it’s hardly a few kilometres from my home …

      Though Kerala is a top tourist destination, northern districts are still unexplored and pristine 🙂

      Have a beautiful day 🙂


  4. What a tremendous shot and view in the first photo ~ a celebration of absolute happiness on the faces and the mood you have re-created for us all here. Great series of photos and your words explaining the differences of the different areas of Kerala ~ wishing you a great autumn ahead.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, Dalo, for your appreciative comments, great reward for the effort put in to get wide angle and close up shots with a telephoto lens 🙂

      Snake boat race is an integral part in the life of people around the south central Kerala, but it’s something new in the Northern parts…

      We really have to appreciate the efforts of a small team of organizers, to introduce something like this to a new place year after year …

      I am also happy to share that, a few images in this series found a place in the ‘Souvenir’ they prepared after the event 🙂

      Have a beautiful day 🙂


  5. Beautiful shots! The coconut groves, the paddy fields by the river on a cloudy day…I can almost smell the rains! Like so many others have noted above, you captured the atmosphere of the race and the place really well. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. To be frank, I found this place just by chance couple of years back, though it’s hardly 4-5 km from my home, and it was like love at first sight, he he 🙂

      As the paddy fields keeps changing it’s texture and color round the year, there is always scope to get a different image of the same place…

      Thank you so much for your kind words and nice to see you liked this series 🙂

      Have a nice day, Sweta 🙂


    1. Thank you so much, Paula 🙂

      The landscape is simply stunning and I couldn’t really do justice to the place 🙂

      Also, my photos from the place got published in their Souvenir, in print, for the first time 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s