Hulivesha-Coastal Karnatka Navarathri Special

Hulivesha is one of the attractions during Navarathri. A group of young men with tiger faces painted on them hop from shop to shop, home to home, entertaining people and collecting their tips. This trend is unique to coastal region of Karnataka (Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara kannada districts and few neighboring districts)

I happened to encounter one such team and managed to click a few pictures of colourful men in huli vesha (tiger dress)

More about Hulivesha on wikipedia. Also check on youtube if you're interested in seeing videos of their dance.

Festival wishes to all my readers and well wishers


  1. Hello, I would like to know where exactly have you taken these photo? Thanks a lot!

  2. This was clicked at Shastrypark bus stop area, Kundapura, India

  3. Nice ones. Interesting to note the subtle differences in the paint and garments between various regions of the coast!


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