Suggi Habba: A Harvest Celebration in Karnataka's Heartland

In the heart of Karnataka, a vibrant celebration unfolds every year with the arrival of Suggi Habba, the local rendition of the widely celebrated Makar Sankranti. It's not just a festival; it's a cultural extravaganza that brings communities together, and you're invited to be a part of it. As you plan your visit to witness this grand spectacle, let The Serai Chikmagalur be your home, offering not just comfort but an immersive cultural experience.

Sugarcane crop on a table
Assorted Indian sweets on a table in different plates
boiling over of milk on a stove

Understanding Suggi Habba

Suggi Habba is Karnataka's way of welcoming the harvest season, mirroring the spirit of Makar Sankranti in Karnataka. The festival holds a special place in the hearts of the locals, celebrated with great enthusiasm and traditional fervour. It marks the transition of the sun into the Makara (Capricorn) zodiac, symbolising the end of winter and the onset of longer, warmer days. Farmers, the true heroes of the occasion, adorn themselves in new clothes, offer prayers to the gods, and decorate their homes with sugarcane stalks and mango leaves.

Sugarcane crop field
A colourful rangoli pattern

A Tapestry of Traditions

Sugi Habba isn't just about prayers and rituals; it's a vibrant tapestry woven with customs that tug at your heartstrings. In the coastal regions, the air vibrates with the rhythm of Yakshagana, a vibrant folk theatre form. In North Karnataka, the sound of pounding feet fills the air as men perform the energetic Kolata dance. And in every corner of the state, the sweet aroma of Ellu Bella - a delectable mixture of sesame seeds, jaggery and peanuts – fills the air, a symbol of good luck and prosperity shared amongst loved ones. Rangolis, intricate patterns spun from rice flour, adorn doorways; each has designed a silent prayer for prosperity.

A Feast for the Senses

No celebration is complete without a feast, and Suggi Habba is no different. From the melt-in-your-mouth Pongal (a rice and lentil dish) to the melt-your-worries-away Holige (sweet flatbread), your taste buds will be on a journey through Kannadiga culinary heaven. Don't forget the Paayasa, a creamy rice pudding that's as comforting as a warm hug. And to wash it all down, there's the refreshing Panakam, a jaggery-based drink that's as sweet as the smiles around you.

Ellu bella made with sesame seeds jaggery and ground nut served on a dish
A family wearing new clothes and enjoying a laugh

Beyond the Celebrations

Suggi Habba isn't just about the festivities; it's about a spirit of community, of togetherness. It's a time for families to reunite, for friends to bond, and for strangers to connect over shared traditions and laughter. It's a reminder that even in the hustle and bustle of modern life, the simple joys of harvest, gratitude and human connection still hold immense power.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Suggi Habba at The Serai Chikmagalur. Join the Rangoli Revolution by unleashing your artistic flair and creating colourful patterns – we provide the materials; you bring the creativity! Experience the heartwarming "Ellu Birodhu" ritual, witnessing the exchange of Ellu Bella, a sweet symbol of prosperity and good wishes. Rekindle your inner child as you fly kites with the kids, transforming the sky into a canvas of playful butterflies over The Serai's expansive lawns.

Row of kites flying in the sky
Twin beds in one of the rooms of our Estate Pool Villa

Experience the distinctive charm of The Serai Chikmagalur, where sustainable practices harmonize with opulent comfort. Devoted to sustainable tourism, we ensure that your Suggi Habba celebrations leave a minimal impact on the environment. Our resort seamlessly blends luxury with nature, providing a tranquil escape from urban life. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Karnataka through meticulously crafted experiences and activities, promising a cultural immersion like no other.


The Serai is more than just a resort; it's an immersive experience. It provides an opportunity to reestablish a connection with nature, engage in local culture, and forge memories that endure a lifetime. Therefore, this Suggi Habba, ignore the conventional and opt for the extraordinary. Choose Karnataka. Choose The Serai Chikmagalur. Choose a celebration that will linger in your soul well beyond the conclusion of the festivities.