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Coorg Gowdas (Arebhashe) and Tulu Gowdas are wide spread in various rural and urban parts of South Karnataka, majorly Sullia, Kushalnagar, Mangalore, Mysore,and also in Bangalore & other urban parts of India. It is also being said that few of the families are the migrated inhabitants from Sakaleshpur, Shiraadi and Charmaadi ghats of Hassan and united with the other Gowdas.

“10 Kutumba – 18 Bali (Gotra)” is the maxim of Kodagu Gowdas, but there are more than 100 families, which branched out from the primordial Kutumbas. Gowdas believe that people from same Bali or Gotra cannot marry as they might have originated from the same base family. They have good recognition for their renowned culture and various rituals being celebrated in various festivals and occasions. The proud Gowdas are basically agriculturists and are very passionate about hunting and bacchanalian revelry. Wines and home-made brewed drinks are very common in the sumptuous formal parties and traditional occasions. The Valaga-Dance is quite famous and frolic for Gowdas during ceremonies. It is very common to see that one or two members of almost each Gowda families represent the Indian Armed Forces in one or the other capacity.
The Kodagu Gowdas worship Lord “Tirupathi Thimappa” or Venkataramana of Tirupathi as their Mane/Kula devaru. Goddess “Sabbakka”, (Sri Sharadha Devi of Shringeri Matt) is also being worshipped and offerings are kept prior to any fest.