Nongu Vandi: Indian Old Game

Nongu Vandi (நுங்கு வண்டி)

Nongu Vandi is a very tactile game that helps children improve their sense of touch. Most children like the feel of sand slip through their fingers
Nongu (Palm Fruit) is a famous tropical fruit available in villages of Tamil Nadu in summer season. Summer season is the season of holidays for kids in India. Kids in villages play games and also do experiments with available waste items in the village. Nongu Vandi is one of the item made by kids which proves us that we are born Mechanical Engineers.
“Nongu Vandi” is a easy to make toy basically made of long stick with “Nongu” palm shell as tires. Each Kid makes one for each and play various games using it. There are no certain games that kids play, it mainly depends upon their creativity.

Nongu Vandi, also known as Palm Fruit Cart, is an ancient Indian game that has been played for centuries. The game is popular in the southern part of India, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where it is played in villages and towns during festivals and other special occasions.

Things Required to Make Nongu Vandi

Two Palm shells of same size and weight
• Stick with V shape on one end – Length depends upon the height of the kids

Nongu Vandi Old Indian Game

How To Play

Nongu Vandi is a game that is play by two or more players, usually children. The game involves a small cart made of bamboo or wood, which is call the “vandi,” and a ball made from the fruit of the palm tree, which is call the “nongu.” The objective of the game is to hit the nongu with the vandi and make it travel as far as possible without letting it touch the ground.

The game is play in an open space, such as a field or a playground, where players take turns to hit the nongu with the vandi. The player who hits the nongu the farthest distance is declar the winner. The game requires skill, precision, and timing, as the player needs to hit the nongu at just the right angle and with just the right amount of force to make it travel far.

How to Make

• Take an stick of length half a foot
• Sharpen the edges the stick
• Pierce the Palm shells on both the sides of the stick as shown in the picture
• Now take the long stick and put the V shape end in the middle of the small stick where palm shells are pierc
Now your Nungu Vandi is ready for Playing.


Nongu Vandi is an old Indian game that has been play for centuries and is still popular in many parts of southern India. The game is not just a fun activity; it is also a cultural tradition that has been pass down through generations. As India continues to modernize, it is important to preserve and promote traditional games like Nongu Vandi, which have cultural and historical significance.

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