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  • District: Wayanad, Kozhikode

  • Taluk: Manathavadi (of Wayanad)

  • Villages: Thariyode, Vellamunda, Thondarnad, Edavaka, Pozhuthana, and Padinjarethara Grama Panchayats


Wayanad Kadar is a recently recognized Scheduled Tribe, added to the list of Scheduled Tribes following the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Orders (Amendment) Act, 2002 (Act 10 of 2003).The community is predominantly located in the picturesque landscapes of Wayanad District, with a few families residing in the neighboring Kozhikode District.

Traditional Lifestyle:

Historically, the Wayanad Kadar people have led a close-to-nature lifestyle, living in harmony with the abundant natural resources of the region. Their cultural practices are deeply rooted in their deep connection with the lush forests and rich biodiversity.

Occupation and Livelihood:

Wayanad Kadars traditionally relied on their intimate knowledge of the local environment, engaging in hunting, gathering, and small-scale shifting cultivation. In recent times, they have adapted to the changing socio-economic landscape and are now involved in marginal farming and agricultural labor. As a small community, they are still in the process of defining their future development vision, with a focus on preserving their unique cultural heritage while embracing modern opportunities.

Challenges and Aspirations:

Despite the recent recognition as a Scheduled Tribe, the Wayanad Kadar community faces challenges in terms of access to education, healthcare, and socio-economic empowerment.

Building a sustainable and inclusive future remains a top priority for the community, and they aspire to preserve their traditional knowledge and practices while fostering socio-economic growth.

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