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Kambala, Water Buffalo Race

A traditional water buffalo race in muddy waters held from December to march in Kasaragod. It is the native sport of Tulu nadu. The 'track' used for Kambala is a paddy field filled with slush. Two pairs of buffaloes are the contestants and they are controlled by a whip-lashing farmer. In olden days, the winning pair of buffaloes was rewarded with coconuts and a bunch of plantains. Today Kambala has become an organized, professional sport which pulls a large crowd from different parts of the state.  People place massive amounts of bets on the participating buffaloes and one can witness more than 20,000 spectators in a well organized Kambala, egging on and cheering the buffaloes to finish the race.

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