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Buffalo Race

Kambala is a rural sport conducted in southern coastal Karnataka. It was started as a royal pastime and was later continued by the feudal lords of the Tulu region. In the past, this buffalo race was held only on religious occasions. It is still a favorite sport of the villagers and is held every year from November to March.

Once the fields are flush with water, buffaloes race down a slushy track. They are egged on by farmers who surf their way down the track behind the beasts while balancing precariously on a trailing wooden plank. This annual sporting event is accompanied by huge cheers and a riot of color. As always the prize goes to the swiftest.

Kambala is conducted in Baradi Beedu, Bolantur, Kolatta Majalu, Bajagoli, Puttur, Kamalakatte and Uppinangady.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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