Wayanad Chetti
Native toIndia
Native speakers
5,000 (2004)[1]
Tamil script
Language codes
ISO 639-3ctt

Wayanad Chetti, or Chetti, is a Southern Dravidian language of India spoken by Wayanadan Chetti community in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India. It has 62-76% lexical similarity with Gowder, 65% with Jen Kurumba and 52% with Kannada.[2] Kannada is the closest major language.[3] Their language is also very similar to Badaga.[4]


  1. ^ Wayanad Chetti at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Ethnologue".
  3. ^ Waugh, Barb (15 March 2006). "Wayanad Chetti" (PDF).
  4. ^ Hockings, Paul; Pilot-Raichoor, Christiane (1992). A Badaga-English Dictionary, Volume 8 of Trends in Linguistics. Documentation [TiLDOC]. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 454, 514. ISBN 9783110846058.