It may be a strange place for an iconic snake boat to end up, but, after ruling the river races for some four decades, the Chambakkulam Chundan will spend its retirement days in the atrium of a major IT company here.
The snake boat, which has won many races including nine Nehru Trophy titles, arrived in its new home - the new campus of UST Global at Technopark - on Thursday.
It had been acquired by the company and handed over to it by its owners, the Chambakkulam Boat Club, in a ceremony in the last week of December. The 130 ft long ‘chundan’, capable of accommodating over a hundred oarsmen, had then made its way to Kollam via the Alappuzha-Kollam waterway.
The remainder of the journey had been made by road on “an 86-wheeler specially brought from Chennai for the purpose,” as the company spokespeople put it.
“This acquisition is as part of the company’s policy to preserve Kerala’s rich heritage, of which this snake-boat - also the biggest water vessel used for sports - is a symbol,” said Rafeek Mohammed, public relations officer of the company.
The Chambakkulam Chundan will be up on display in UST Global’s atrium after around 60 days, during which it will be polished and spruced up. It will be kept next to the Virgin Formula One Racing car the company had acquired earlier.