Not to be confused with Malay.

The Malayalees come from Kerala in South India. Among the Indians in Singapore, the Tamils are the most populous and the Malayalees come in second.

Malayalam is a Dravidian language, just like Tamil. They may have a common ancestor language.

Introductions to the culture

Malayalees in Singapore, a video by applied linguist Dr Anitha Devi Pillai, is a great introduction to the Malayalees in Singapore.


I found one book that seem promising and that could help bring you up to an intermediate level in Malayalam.


  • The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Asian Studies, has a website of resources on the Malayalam language for English speakers. Rodney F. Moag, the author of “Malayalam: A University Course and Reference Grammar”, started this course.