Coorg is considered as the cradle of Indian hockey. More than 50 Coorgs have represented India in the international hockey tournaments. M P Ganesh, M M Somaiya, B P Govinda, C S Poonacha, Arjun Halappa and Len Aiyappa are some of the prominent hockey players from Coorg.
A hockey festival is held in Coorg every year in which more than 200 Kodava families participate. This tournament has already found a place in the Limca Book of Records and is recognized as the largest hockey tournament in the world. This has also been referred to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Any member from a Kodava family can participate in this tournament and even women hockey players are included in the team. In the case of woman it’s up to her to decide whether she would play for the father’s family or the husband’s.