If you plan out your Kochi tour a little more systematically, you can also catch the Indira Gandhi Boat Race. It is conducted in the rolling backwaters of Cochin, during the last week of December. This boat race substitutes as the finale to the tourism fair held just before it. This boat race was instituted in the loving memory of former Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. Many teams of boat rowers, seated on the long snake boats with curving prows, take part in this race.