The Vatel Hotel and Tourism Business School, Sushant University, Gurgaon, besides training its students in the operational and the non-operational, management areas gives, something which is very closely connected with the hospitality, a deep and thorough study in tourism. This article which has been prepared by one of our students, speaks about the various festivals celebrated in the southern states of India.

It is indeed a very interesting read and the articles written by many other students will be published in blogs.


The state of Karnataka is situated towards the South-West of the Indian subcontinent, on the Western Ghats with are famous for thick forests and the green valleys where various crops grow and the state is also strategically located with many harbors touching it, including the New Mangaluru port. The revenue from these harbors have helped a lot in upgrading the economic strength of Karnataka. The state itself has a long and a traditional history.

Karnataka still has the remaining parts of various pre-noteworthy settlements, multitudinous engravings, dedication (Hero, mahasati and atmahuti (self-immolation) stones and landmarks of rich recorded and social legacy. Displays, exhibitions, delectable desserts and dinners await the tourists’ visit to Karnataka.

Kambala: Festival:Kambala celebration is a bison race held in south Karnataka and is done in the Udupi regions by enthusiastic farmers engaged in farming and cultivation. This celebration is held in the months between November and March. The bison race is a multi-day celebration. More than 150 bisons are prepared for this race, the sheer excitement of which turn Karnataka into an astonishing state. The race starts with a display of participating bisons and during the celebration, the bisons are made to race on the tracks directed by the ranchers.

Makar Sankranti: Another great celebration that the state of Karnataka is renowned for is Makar Sankranti. This is one of the well-known celebrations in Karnataka and is devoted to the Sun God and a lot of merriments take place. Bright beautifications can be spotted all over and a lot of people draw delightful Rangolis outside their homes.

Ugadi: Otherwise called Gudi Padwa, this celebration marks the beginning of the new year according to the Hindu calendar. As the story goes, this is the very day on which Bramha started the work of the formation of the universe. This principal celebration is commended with enthusiasm and with numerous arrangements. Every visible place is beautified and a sumptuous supper is prepared. Many people trust this to be a promising day to adopt another source of income or to start a new endeavor


Tamil Nadu, another rich and flourishing state located in the south-eastern part of the Indian peninsula, boasts of ancient remnants. Talking about the history, the southern territories of India were under the control of the Cholas, the Cheras and the Pandyas for a really long time. The Muslims fortified their position gradually, which prompted the foundation of the Bahamani Sultanate by the middle of the fourteenth century. It was then that the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English came in one after another and with the will to have a strong foothold, set up a few ‘Manufacturing plants’.

Pongal is the reap celebration observed by the Tamils during the month of January which is targeted to worship the Sun, God the Earth and the dairy cattle as a thanks giving for a bounteous harvest. On the last day, during the Pongal celebration, it is usually seen that the ladies feed birds, especially the crows with different colour rice balls to wish good health for their brothers.

Mahamagam Festival comprises of a sacred celebration that carries the

devotees to Kumbakonam: This is a world-famous mela which is held once in 12 years – The sanct city that gets its name from Kumbha – the heavenly pot.

The Navarathiri Festival, in a real sense implies the celebration of ‘nine evenings’, taking one-of-a-kind and various structures in various territories of India, all to satisfy the Goddess Sakthi, for influence, abundance and information. Columns of sparkling earthen lights outside each home and upbeat explosion of fireworks mark Tamil Nadu’s Festival of lights, Karthigai Deepam.