Mud football in Kerala

(photo: Shakeer Hussien)

Mud football is the latest addition to the list of tourist attractions in Wayanad, in Kerala, southern India.

Wayanad is captivating during the monsoons. The usually green landscape is even greener. The air is cool, and watching—and listening to—the steady drizzle can be a soothing experience on lazy afternoons.

But some July days, there is no whiff of rain in rustic Kakkavayal. On the paddy field, the young men cannot afford to laze around, as they ready for another game of mud football, a sport fast gaining popularity in Wayanad.

The rules stipulate that each team should have five players on a field measuring 25x15 metres, and with mud that is 1.5 feet deep. FUN!

Though mud football tournaments were first held only as a part of the Wayanad District Tourism Promotion Council (WDTPC)’s monsoon festival, now there are also competitions arranged by private organisers across the district.

Two other sports are also played out on the muddy paddy field in following days—volleyball, with a particularly impressive bunch of players, and tug-of-war.

The tourists certainly seem to enjoy it.

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