ArebhasheGowdas are a major ethnic group in some parts of Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu.They were mainly living in Sullia, which was part of Kodagu (Coorg) for some time, hence the Tulu and Dakshina Kannada Gowdas are also called Kodagu Gowdas.
Guddera (Guddemane) Appaiah, whose family was given lands in Kodagu in 1800, along with many other freedom fighters from Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada revolted against the British and hoisted Jangama (Lingayite monk) Kalyanaswamy's flag in Bavuta Gudde in Mangalore.
Coorg Gowdas or Are BhasheGowdas are widespread in various rural and urban parts of South Karnataka, majorly Sullia, Mangalore, Madikeri, Mysore and few in Bangalore. "10 Kutumba - 18 Bali (Gotra)" is the maxim of Kodagu Gowdas, but there are more than 100 families, which got separated from the primordial Kutumbas.
The proud kodagu 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.
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