Hockey is the national game of the Coorgs. The game isplayed with passion, come rain or shine. Like the coffee plantations, the British introduced hockey in Coorg.
It will not be an exaggeration to say that Coorg is a nursery of Indian hockey. For the last several decades, hockey players from Coorg have found representation in the Indian team to the Olympics. Arjun Halappa has now kept up the tradition and done India proud. Those from Coorg who have captained the Indian team in the past include the legendary B.P.Govinda, M.P.Ganesh and M.M.Somaiya.
In the recent years, the game of hockey has received a new lease of life. Pandanda Kuttappa, popularly known as Kuttani, a retired State Bank of India official and a hockey enthusiast, started family hockey tournament exclusively for the Coorg’s in 1997.
In this unique tournament, members of various Coorg families, play one another. There is no age or gender bar for participating in the matches, though of late, the tournament has become highly competitive, involving high caliber hockey. Of the over 700 Coorg families, more than 200 families have been sending their teams for the tournament which is played in the month of April. More than a sport, the family hockey has become a social event, with family members cheering up their teams with gusto. There is a festive atmosphere in the air with stalls coming up near the match venues, serving delicious Coorg dishes.
The hockey festival has already found its name in the Limca Book of Records for the largest ever hockey event to be organized in any part of the world at one stretch.
The Kodava Hockey Academy is the apex body which has the final word on matters related to the tournament. Sixty families participated in the first tournament organized by the “Pandanda” family in 1997 at Karada which was won by the Kaliyanda family. The Kodira Cup in the following year played at Kadanga had 116 teams vying for the cup which was finally clinched by the Kullettira family.
Both Koothanda family and Kullettira family were declared joint winners of the Ballachanda Cup held in 1999 which attracted participation from 140 teams. The Cheppudira Cup held at Ponnompet in 2000 had the participation from 170 teams and the Nallamakkada Cup held at Ammathi in 2001 had 220 families. The Koothanda family emerged the winners on both the occasions. The Kullettira family bagged the Chekkera Cup tournament held at Hudikeri in 2002 which witnessed participation from 252 teams.
The Kaliyanda Cup played at Napoklu in 2003 drew a record 280 teams and the Nallamakkada family won the tournament.
The Koothanda family established their supremacy in family hockey by winning for the fourth time when they clinched the Maleyanda Cup in 2004 which saw 235 teams in action.
The Biddanda family cup held in 2005 was won by the Nallamakkada family.
Kodava Hockey Festival by year
Maneyapanda Cup 
Machamada Cup 
Thathanda Cup 
Kuppanda Cup 
Shantheyanda Cup 
Biddatanda Cup