Tulus are a fair-skinned people dwelling in the southern India. They inhabit many villages and towns in the state of Karnataka
. Tulus are known for their friendliness and hospitality.
The community members speak a distinct language known as Tulu. Though of Dravidian origin, this language has no exact script. Kannada is considered as their second language and some speak English as well.
Agriculture is the main occupation of this community. Major crops cultivated are rice, sugarcane, plantains, betel nut and cashews. Business is also a central feature of their economy.
These community members are highly advanced in the fields of education, art and culture. They are expert in murals, handicrafts and water paintings. Education is given very high priority, and nearly ninety percentages of the members are literate.
Tulus have their own secretive customs and regulations. They are divided into social groups, called caste, based primarily on profession. All members of a particular caste have the same occupation.
They practice some type of ethnic religion. Hindu gods are worshipped commonly but Jain Tulus are known to exist in some villages. Tulus love dance, drama and music. All their festivals and celebrations are marked with dance and music. The members also engage in various leisure activities such as buffalo racing and cockfighting.