Malayālis of Kolli Hills in Tamilnadu – A Case Study
The Malayāli tribes, one of the treasures of Tamil Nadu, are living exclusively in the Kolli Hills regions of Namakkal District and their population goes up to 34,584 out of 1.5 lakhs in Tamil Nadu. Among all these hilly regions in the Eastern ghats, Kolli hills enjoy the moderate comforts of road and electric power facilities. As a result, Kolli Malayālis lead a different mode of life from other tribes in the mountainous region. This paper aims at bringing out the cultural changes of the Malayālis, their educational background and also the challenges they face in their day-to-day life. To bring out facts on these issues, fieldwork is done in 42 villages in and around Kolli hills. In order to compare Malayāli tribes of Kolli hills with tribes of the same community living in Kalvarayan hills
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