Kurumba language

Native to India
Region Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
Native speakers
180,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
kfi  Kannada Kurumba
Glottolog kann1253[2]

Kurumba, also known as Kannada Kurumba, is a Southern Dravidian language of the Tamil–Kannada subgroup spoken by the Kuruba tribe. It is often considered a dialect of Kannada; however, Ethnologue classifies it as a separate language.

Geographical distribution

Kurumba speakers are situated in Teni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Vellore, and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu, in addition to areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.


  1. Kannada Kurumba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kannada Kurumba". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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