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.