Kasaragod Tulu

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Kasaragod Tulu is the variety of Tulu spoken in northern Kasaragod in the state of Kerala, southwestern India. This is the Southwest geographical dialect of Tulu. The Tulu spoken in this region is influenced by Malayalam and differs a little bit from Tulu spoken in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi District of Karnataka. Tuluvas in Kasaragod can speak fluently in Malayalam and Kannada as well. Like Mappila Muslims in Kasaragod, Tuluvas in Kasaragod have retained their own unique dialect of Malayalam. This is an impure form of Malayalam due to the mixture of Tulu and to some extent Kannada. According to the Puranas, Tulu Nadu is a part of Kerala or Parasurama Kshetram, ie., "The Land of Parasurama", as the land was reclaimed from sea by Parasurama, an incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu.

In November 2008, the Kerala government has proposed to set up a Tulu academy at Manjeshwaram in the Kasaragod district .


The Malayalam/ Tamil language and the Tulu language are closely related. Though traditionally and culturally Tulu Nadu was a part of Kerala, it became politically aligned with Karnataka under the influence of Kannada kings. Even the food, festivals, dress, customs, rituals and lifestyle of Tuluvas and Keralites are similar. For example, Tulu and...
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