This March, Bangaloreans can go on a ‘Buffalo Race’ holiday

The monotony of Zoom calls and webinars is slowly fading, and people from Bangalore are beginning to explore the great outdoors.

For the past few months, social media feeds are swarming with beautiful getaways: Spectacular resorts with swimming pools, unfamiliar birds chirping in the calm, and cheerful selfies on a lush green landscape. In short, these are serene moments depicting the peace and quiet.

This March, travelers — particularly those from Bangalore — can step outside their tranquil comfort zones and head to the fast and feisty ‘Kambala,’ the rustic buffalo race held in the Coastal Karnataka.

For the first time, a three-day ‘Kambala Carnival’ package has been crafted by a Bangalore-based travel agency, Arjun Tours, to offer a taste of the coastal tradition. Traditionally, crowds gather in thousands to cheer for their favorite buffalos and their anchors. The mood, overall, is mind-blowing!

The travel agency’s Managing Director M. Ravi is all about responsible holiday innovations amid the pandemic. To enable guests to gain access to the best view of the race, Arjun Tours has set up a special spectator booth for its clients.

M Ravi, MD, Arjun Tours Travels
M Ravi, Managing Director, Arjun Tours 

“A friend of mine who is in the transport business recently attended the Kambala festival and posted a few pictures online. It immediately caught my attention! The idea of promoting this culture, costal cuisine and also Mangalore as a destination came to mind instantly. The thought behind building an itinerary like this one was to promote a piece of Karnataka’s culture that had never gotten any exposure outside the town where the festival was held. With COVID-19 still an issue, I designed a package taking into consideration the number of people travelling – all by cars (Innova) and limited to 4 people in a car – with all SOP adhered. It is a two-night package inclusive of accommodation, meals (local cuisine), sightseeing and a separate enclosure to view Kambala. The price is very reasonable and it doesn’t pinch your pocket. This is the first time a package is promoted with Kambala as the focus,” said Ravi.

Arjun Tours has big plans for 2021. The agency aims to promote unique destinations, culture and cuisines – mainly of Karnataka. “We have finally set foot into social media as it’s the best way to promote destinations to both our existing clients and potential ones too. I already have my eyes set on the next destination after the Kambala festival,” signs off Ravi.

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