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Kambala Buffalo Race

Kambala Buffalo Race:

The traditional buffalo race, Kambala, is set to take place for the first time in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

  • Kambala is a buffalo race held in Coastal Karnataka districts (Udupi and Dakshina Kannada) during the winter months when farmers harvest their paddy crops.
  • The race is held on two parallel tracks filled with mud and water. Each pair of buffaloes will also have a jockey, or ‘Kambala runner’ to control and command the animals on the track.
  • The team that wins qualifies for higher rounds till a champion emerges.
  • Apart from winning the race, targets also include splashing water; in fact, some winners are even declared on the amount of water splashed; this is called ‘kolu’.