Kambala is an annual buffalo race, held in the south-western region of Karnataka. It is supported by nearby Tuluva proprietors and family units in the waterfront locale of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, an area on the whole known as Tulu Nadu.
The Kambala season, for the most part, begins in November and keeps going until March. The Kambalas(buffolo) are sorted out through kambala samithis (Kambala Associations), of which there are presently 18 of these and more than 45 races are held every year in beachfront Karnataka.
This time we decided to cover Kambala Race in Moodbidri Karnataka.
My Kambala fest day wise
Day 1: We started from Bangalore on Saturday around 5 AM and reached Moodbidri by 2 PM. We took the Western Ghats which has some beautiful scenery on the way although not a good route to take, has many potholes.
After reaching Moodbidri we took a break for two hours and headed towards the Race area by 4 PM. The fest starts by 10 AM and goes until next day 11 AM. Along with the actual race, they conduct the practice sessions as well. Moodbidri holds a 170meter long race track. The winners of each race compete against each other and in the end, we end up with a single winner. The race will be held in multiple categories.
Day 2: On our second day we have planned to cover a few more places apart from the race. We reached the Race location by 9:30 AM where the semi-finals and finals were going on. The excitement of the crowd was immeasurable and I had a tough time clicking due to this.
From here we decided to head towards Varanga Jain Temple. Varanga is a small village located at a distance of 26 Km from Karkala in Udupi district. This village is found on the way from Karkala to Agumbe. Varanga is a popular pilgrim center, especially for Jains. This beautiful village houses most ancient and wonderful Basadis (Jain Temples). This temple has a beautiful scenic view. Temple is middle of the lake. You have to cross the lake with a boat to reach the temple.
Our next stop was Chathurmukha Basadi Karkala It has four symmetrical faces and is thus called Chaturmukha (four faces). After spending some time here, we had our lunch and took some break.
Our next stop was the Thousand Pillars temple in Moodbidri. This temple closes by 6 PM. We reached just 15 mins before the closure. You can see the beautiful sunset just behind the temple. It is one of the most famous Jain temples in Karnataka.
This was our last stop before heading back to Bangalore.
Caution: This is a risky race to click pictures. The buffalos may lose temper and people get hurt due to this. Be Careful.
Below is the Kambala timetable for 2018-19
24-Nov-2018, Saturday – Kakkepadavu – Sathya Dharma
01-Dec-2018, Saturday – Moodubidire – Koti Chennaya
08-Dec-2018, Saturday – Baradi Beedu – Soorya Chandra
15-Dec-2018, Saturday – Paivalike – Anna Thamma
22-Dec-2018, Saturday – Pilikula – Nethravathi Palguni
22-Dec-2018, Saturday – Hokkaadi goli – Veera Vikrama
30-Dec-2018, Sunday – Mulki seeme – Moodu Padu
05-Jan-2019, Saturday – Miyaru – Lava Kusha
12-Jan-2019, Saturday – Kuluru – Rama Lakshmana
20-Jan-2019, Sunday – Puttur – Koti Chennaya
26-Jan-2019, Saturday – Aikala Bava – Kanthabaare Budabaare
02-Feb-2019, Saturday – Katapadi Beedu – Moodu Padu
09-Feb-2019, Saturday – Adve-Nandikoor – Koti Chennaya
16-Feb-2019, Saturday – Jappina Mogaru – Jaya Vijaya
23-Feb-2019, Saturday – Vamanjoor Thiruvailu – Sankupoonja Devupoonja
02-Mar-2019, Saturday – Uppinangadi – Vijaya Vikrama
09-Mar-2019, Saturday – Bangaadi Kolli – Soorya Chandra
16-Mar-2019, Saturday – Venoor – Soorya Chandra
30-Mar-2019, Saturday – Thalapady Panjala – Soorya Chandra