Kudumbi Community

Kudumbis are traditionally a farmer community having the ancestral legacy of Goan kunbis. The word kunbi is derived from kun meaning family - bi meaning seed refering to a family / person who process the seeds ie, a farmer. Traditionally the kunbi refers to generic farmer communities living across India since the pre-vedic period.

During the mid 15th centuary in Goa, as a part of infamous Goan Inquisition, the ernstwhile Portugal colonial regime had enforced uncivilised religious persecution on the native population. Unable to withstand these religious persecutions, along with other communities (which includes Gowda Saraswat Brahmins, Saraswats ,Vanik Vyshias, Divaijnayas), Goan kunbis also migrated via, searoute .Many settled across various coastal regions of Kerala which included the ernstwhile South Canara, Travancore, Cochin and Malabar provinces of Kerala. The native rulers allowed them to settle in their kingdoms. The migrated kunbis primarly got envolved in agricultural persuits and Kerala became their motherland. They are now known as the Kudumbi .

In the ernstwhile Cochin princely state they were refered as Kudumbi Chetty and included in the Depressed class. Few of them migrated to Tiruvanananthapuram, the capital of ernstwhile Travancore princely State and got envolved in producing puffed rice for the royal palace. They were natively referred as Idiyan. Many kudumbis today have Moppan / Moorthy as their surnames.