Aranadan is a Dravidian
tribal community found in the states of Tamil Nadu
. A majority of this scheduled tribe are also settled down in Kozhikode District
and Palakkad District
, of Kerala
. They are also known by two different names - Arnatas and Eranadans.
Apart from the Malayalam, Aranadans speak a distinctive language known as Aranatan. They observe the traditions of Hindus. Aranadans are manual labors and some times they engage in the raising of livestock.