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25: TULU BRAHMINS

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Tulu Brahmins migrated from Tulu speaking regions of South India which include regions in Kasargode district of Kerala and Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. There are approximately 20 Tulu Brahmin family in the area.

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24: CHAKKLIYARS (SAKKLIYARS)

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Chakkliyars (Sakkliyars) is a Dalit community of manual scavengers that migrated to Kochi during the 20th century from areas bordering Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. There are about 90 families in Rameshwaram Colony near Fort Kochi.

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23: KANNADIGAS

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Kannadigas is a small community that migrated to Kochi from the Kasargode district of Kerala. Most of them has the surname Hegde, which literally mean chieftain of the fort, suggesting that their predecessors belonged to a warrior clan.

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22: MANAI TELUGU CHETTIYAR

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It is a Telugu speaking community belonging to Hindu Vaishya caste that migrated to Kochi for the trade of buffalo milk and milk products. Their migration began some 150 years back, predominantly from the Pollachi region in Tamil Nadu.

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21: VANIYAR

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Vaniyar is a Hindu community of agricultural labourers from Tamil Nadu. But in Kochi they were mostly into the extraction of food oils, mostly sesame and coconut oils. Vaniyar migrated to Kochin from Madurai region in Tamil Nadu.

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20: KUTCH LOHANAS

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Lohanas are a Hindu trading community who believed to have migrated into Kochi from Gujarat. Jhulelal there are three distinct cultural groups in Kochi. They speak Gujarati, Sindhi and Kutchi languages. It is estimated that there 65 Lohana families in Mattacherry.

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19: KUTCH JAIN

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Followers of Jainism established a strong Jain culture in Cochin, they had trade connections with Kochi since 14th century. Jains have traditionally been a business community and most members continue to be so even now.

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18: KUTCH BHATIA

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Kutchi Bhatia is a Hindu community that traces its lineage back to the Kutch area in Gujarat. The historical records suggest that they were once a sword-wielding warrior clan. But in Kochi they were mostly trades and entrepreneurs.

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17: GUJARATI BRAHMINS

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Gujarati Brahmins is a Gujarati speaking Hindu community that migrated into Kochi a couple of centuries back. Priests by caste, they are a community of traders and entrepreneurs in Kochi. They are a relative minority within the Gujaratis.

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16: GUJARATIS BANIYA

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Gujarati community nclude followers of both Hindu and Jain religion, who migrated from Kutch and other areas in Gujarat. According to a 2009 directory published by the Kochi Gujarati Mahajan, there were 650 Gujarati families in Mattancherry.

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15: TELUGU NAIDUS

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Naidu is believed to be an honorific title conferred upon those who have served in the king's army. According to the oral history, Naidu's in Kochi are the descendants of those who came as a part of the Tippu Sulthan's army and stayed back.

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14: TAMIL VANNAR

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Vannar is a Hindu caste referring the community of washer men. They are believed to have migrated into Kochi during the colonial times. It is believed that the King brought the Vannars to fulfil the demand for laundry services.

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