A Cholanaicken wanders in search of food and forest produce. It is usually the men who gather minor forest produce such as honey, ginger, wild pepper and soap seeds. Women and children collect tubers, fruits, nuts and seeds. The tribe leads a semi nomadic life in the forests and have limited contact with the outside world. It was in 1970, that the existence of the Cholanaickans in the Nilambur valley was discovered, and till recently they were considered an offshoot of the Kattunaickans, another tribe living in the same valley.
Photographs by: Ajeeb Komachi