KAT is a Warm and Welcoming Community comprising of people from Kerala residing in Townsville & suburbs. We welcome individuals from all walks of life regardless of their social, political, religious, occupational or financial backgrounds to join us fullfill our social responsibilities while upholding the Malayali culture and traditions.
KAT aims to promote and preserve the rich ethnic values of Kerala while providing social support to the people of Kerala origin living in Townsville & surrounding regions. To build a healthy and peaceful environment and create a forum to celebrate Malayali culture and heritage.
Malayalam, the Malayalis' native language, has its origin from the words mala meaning mountain and alam meaning land (Tamil/Malayalam) or locality (which lies along side the mountain). Hence 'Malayali' means people from the mountains who lived beyond the Western Ghats, and Malayalam the language that was spoken there.
Keralites is the term used to refer to the native speakers of Malayalam, originating from the Indian state of Kerala. The Malayali identity is primarily linguistic, although in recent times the definition has been broadened to include emigrants of Malayali descent who partly maintain Malayali cultural traditions, even if they do not regularly speak the language. While the origins of the Malayali people are in the state of Kerala, significant populations also exist in other parts of India, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and America.