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c. 12th/13th century AD
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Koleḻuttu, popularly romanised as Kolezhuthu (கோலெழுத்து, കോലെഴുത്ത്), was a syllabic alphabet of south India (Kerala and Tamil Nadu) used for writing Malayalam and Tamil languages.[2]

Kolezhuthu developed from Vattezhuthu script in the post-Chera Perumal (c. 12th century onwards) period in Kerala.[2] It was used by certain Kerala communities (such as Muslims and Christians) even up to c. 18th century AD.[2]

Kolezhuthu probably gets its name from a peculiar type of stylus which was used for its writing. Kol in present-day Malayalam means a stylus or an elongated stick-like object, and ezhuthu means 'written form'.[3]


  1. ^ a b K. Rajan (2001). "Territorial Division as Gleaned from Memorial Stones". East and West. 51 (3/4): 359–367.
  2. ^ a b c d Narayanan, M. G. S. Perumāḷs of Kerala. Thrissur (Kerala): CosmoBooks, 2013. 379-80 and 398.
  3. ^ Languages of Kerala and Lakshwadeep [PLSI Vol. 15]. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan. 2015. p. 66. ISBN 978-81-250-5627-0.

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