Rs 3,700.00

The objective is to get more gems into your mancala (the cup on the right) than your opponent can get into their mancala (on the left). Your holes are on the bottom side. The tray is made using polished Mahogany wood, and we supply stones to fill the bins. In traditionally in Sri Lanka this game is played using Olinda Atta.

Setting up the Mancala Game

Each player sits opposite each other facing the long side of the board or egg carton. Set up by giving each player 24 stones. A player places four stones into each of the holes (also known as pits or pockets) closest to them. The bowls, or mancala stores, are placed at to the right of the board, or egg carton, and remain empty of stones.


Playing the Mancala Game

Decide who goes first with a coin flip or other method. There are three steps to playing the game. Each game lasts around five to 10 minutes

  1. Place four stones into each of the pits.
  2. The starting player grabs all the stones from one hole on their side and drops them, one by one, into each pit around the board going in a counter-clockwise direction. If the player passes over one of the mancala stores, he or she would place a stone in there, too.
  3. Turn after turn each player continues this process. When placing stones in the bowls, and you place a stone in one of the six pockets on your side, which is empty, and your opponent has a stone in opposite bowl, then you can take your stone that lands in the empty bowl, and the opponents stones in the directly opposite bowl which was the bowl your last stone landed on your side and put the stones in to your store.
  4. The game ends when all 12 bowls are empty.
  5. The winner of the game is the player with the most stones in their mancala store.