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

Koleluttu developed from Vatteluttu 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]


  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 e Narayanan, M. G. S. Perumāḷs of Kerala. Thrissur (Kerala): CosmoBooks, 2013. 379-80 and 398.