Kambala is a race between pairs of bullocks rode by a human, bullocks being tied together with a wooden shaft on their neck.The race is conducted typically on an unused rice field in muddy water.The length of the race is usually about 100 meters.Many of the places in Udupi & Mangalore districts are well known because of the "Kambala".One of such places is Kadri located near Mangalore.The event takes place anually & the winner is paid cash rewards.
Ideally events would be held from December till April on unused fields.In some cases this schedule might also get extended till early June before the culivation of the first crop.Each of these events are cheered by a large number of supporters thus giving a boost for this tradition to continue.
The kambala is held in 18 places in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts and at one place in Kasargod. Since they are organised by various families, they do not get any aid from the Government.
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