Keralamuthali in India

Joshua Project has identified the Keralamuthali only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kerala Muthali (Mudali) belong to various Mudaliar communities found elsewhere in South India. Unlike the Tamil Brahmins settled in various places of Kerala, Muthalis/Mudalis engage with marital relationships with Nairs, Chakravar, Sakravar (Kavathi) and those who are converted to Christianity but retaining Mudaliar identity. Kerala Muthalis still keep their separate identity even though they are a micro-minority caste in Kerala. Due to their social, linguistic and educational backwardness Kerala, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry states have categorized them as BCs.

Where Are they Located?

They are predominantly found in the areas of Trivandrum and Palghat Districts of Kerala and Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They migrated to these places starting late 17th century onwards for various purposes including agriculture, coconut oil extraction, coir trade and as specialized fighters and reliable spies.

What Are Their Beliefs?

During the British era many families came into the influence of Christianity and became strong supporters and eventually embraced that religion. Gradually after independence and state reorganization, Kerala Muthalis have completely integrated with the Kerala Culture, but still consider Lord Muruga/Subramanya as their primary god of worship while most of the Kerala Hindus are devotees of Lord Vishnu.

What Are Their Needs?

They are socially and educationally in a backward stage in India. The social backwardness can be addressed through education. The educational institutions in India are accessible to the elite class, hence more and more eduational institutions are required for the Kerala Muthali on an urgent basis.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Keralamuthali
People Name in Country Keralamuthali
Population in India 9,300
World Population 9,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kavuthi Chakkamvar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Malayali
People Name General Keralamuthali
Ethnic Code CNN23b
People ID 17140
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (5,300) Tamil Nadu (4,000)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kerala (5,300) Tamil Nadu (4,000)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malayalam (6,200) Tamil (2,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malayalam 6,200 Tamil 2,900
For Primary Language: Malayalam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1811-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1995)
Complete Bible Yes   (1841-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Malayalam Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
34.42 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
65.58 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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