Aadu Puli aatam (goat and tiger game) is a strategic, two-player (or 2 teams) board game originated in Tamil Nadu and is also played in Karnataka(Huli gatta) and Andhra Pradesh(Puli Joodam or Puli – Meka). The game is asymmetric in that one player controls three tigers and the other player controls up to 15 goats. The tigers ‘hunt’ the goats while the goats attempt to block the tigers’ movements.

How to play:

  • Start the game with 3 Pulis (tigers)  placed at the apex, and 2 in the inner place closest to the apex. All aadus (goats) start off the board.

  • The pieces must be put at the intersections of the board lines and movements should follow these lines.

  • The player controlling the goats moves first by placing an goat onto a free intersection on the board.

  • Then it is the tiger’s turn. Tiger is then moved to an adjacent position along the lines that indicate valid moves. Moves alternate between players.

  • A tiger captures a goat by jumping over it to an adjacent free position (as in checkers). Goats cannot move until all 15 have been put on the board.


Tigers must move according to these rules:

  • They can start capturing goats any moment after the match has started.

  • They can capture only one goat at a time.

  • They can jump over a goat in any direction, but it must be to an adjacent intersection following any of the lines drawn on the board.

  • Tiger cannot jump over another tiger.

Goats must move according to these rules:

  • They must leave the board when captured.

  • They cannot jump over the tiger or other goats.

  • They can only move after all 15 have been put on the board.

The objective of the Game:

  • Goats’ objective is to encircle tigers so that none of them can move. Tiger’s objective is to kill 5 Goats.

  • Tiger wins if all the goats are captured and Goat wins if all tigers are blocked from movement.

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  • 1 game board canvas
  • Black stone medium size 3nos
  • White stone medium size 15nos
  • Weight : 0.200kg
  • Canvas size : 28*28 cm
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Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 28 × 28 cm
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