Kodavas are inhabitants of Kodagu, a major district in Karnataka. We are called Kodavas and not Kannadigas.
On an average Kodavas are fair and tall, unlike our Dravidian counterparts. The Kodavas are a distinctive race of India known for their bravery since ages. The Kodavas are the only community in the country who are exempted from arm licenses.Kodavas are fond of hockey, There is saying " Hockey in my Blood", Pork is one of the main dish of our community.
We Kodavas, a dominant group, are very distinct in their facial features, customs and attire compared with the other south Indians. No one really knows the origin of ours but everyone knows and acknowledges that we are different. We are known for our courage, hospitality and stoicism.
our festivals are associated with ancestors, nature, agriculture, and weapons.
We do not follow Hinduism and are Independent of any other Hindu sect in customs relating to marriage, remarriage, festivals, worship, ceremonies, dialect and also dress.
We do not observe the dowry system. We do not have Brahmin priests in ceremonies like wedding. The elders of the community help in organising the ceremony.
Coffee has played an important role in the economy of our community. I have studied through the manufacturing, processing, selling and pricing process of coffee. Some of my works are :
I have also done some study on Kodava origin --Origin of Kodavas
Apart there are lot of things to be discussed with subjects like " Are we Kodavas or Hindus" & " Are we from Middle East".