Festivals in Coorg

Festivals Overview

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Sport is an integral part of the Kodava’s life and so are the festivals celebrating them. The Kodava Hockey Festival, held from April to May, is very popular as most of the ancestral families of the region participate.

Regional festivals are also celebrated with much pomp and fervor. Chief among them is the Mercara Dasara celebrated in October. The traditional Kodava dancing during this festival is a must watch.

Unique to Coorg is the Kunde Habba Festival in May. In this tribal festival, people abuse the Lord Aiyappa through kunde (abusive) songs for the entire day. It is believed that once Lord Aiyappa deserted the tribals he had taken for hunting. Tribals celebrate the incident by rebuking god for his treachery on this day.

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