Native toIndia
RegionKarnataka & Kerala
Native speakers
1,000 (2007)[1]
Kannada script, Malayalam script
Language codes
ISO 639-3brw

Bellari is a Dravidian variety of India spoken by about 1,000 Bellara, a Scheduled Caste of Karnataka and Kerala. It is reportedly close to Tulu and Koraga (especially the former),[1] but it is not known if it is a separate language or a dialect of Tulu.[2] A community of fifty families of basket-weavers lives in Kundapura Taluk in coastal Karnataka.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bellari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Sanford Steever, 1998, The Dravidian Languages
  3. ^ Govt. owned website. "Karnatakada Budakattu Bhashegalu". Bangalore: Classical Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2013.