Welcome to Koli Samaj.org, your online resource on Koli community of Gujarat.
About Koli Samaj:
The Koli Samaj(society) is about 20 % of the general population of Gujarat state and 24 %
among Hindu population of Gujarat numbering around 13 millions. The number is based on
census taken in 1931 which is the last time caste based enumeration was taken in India.
According to sociolists (e.g. Lancy Lobo, Achyut Yagnik) percentage of Koli population has
remained same. The Koli Samaj is spread throughout Indian subcontinent. Click here to see
the map depecting concentration of Koli people.
This website is an attempt to gather information on Koli caste of Gujarat state, India and
present it to Koli community to inform them of their past and present, and promote art,
culture, higher education vis-a-vis better future.
The Following is the regional distribution of Koli names. Many younger and some older Kolis are
not aware of their regional names and would simply call themselves Kolis. Some of these names
suggest the locality they reside in and some suggest occupation while some are high sounding
names some Koli resorted to.
Koli Patel or Talpada, Matia, Gulam, Mansarovaria
Thakarda, Patelia, Ghedia, Valankiya, Chuvalia, Talpada, Khant, Pagi, Koli
Thakarda or Thakor, Chuvalia, Idaria
Pardeshi, Talpada, Bariya, Bhalia, Khant, Kotwal, Pagi, Patanwadia, Chuvalia, Debaria, Patelia,