Kannada, Kannadiga, Kannadigaru, Karnataka,

Kannadigarella ondaagi Kannadavannu ulisona, kalisona and belesona

Kannada alphabet Kannada

Kannada alphabet   Kannada



The Kannada alphabet developed from the Kadamba and Cālukya scripts, descendents of Brahmi which were used between the 5th and 7th centuries AD. These scripts developed into the Old Kannada script, which by about 1500 had morphed into the Kannada and Telugu scripts. Under the influence of Christian missionary organizations, Kannada and Telugu scripts were standardized at the beginning of the 19th century.

Notable features

  • Kannada is a alphasyllabary in which all consonants have an inherent vowel. Other vowels are indicated with diacritics, which can appear above, below, before or after the consonants.
  • When they appear the the beginning of a syllable, vowels are written as independent letters.
  • When consonants appear together without intervening vowels, the second consonant is written as a special conjunt symbol, usually below the first.

Used to write:

Kannada or Canarese, the official language of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Kannada is a Dravidian language spoken by about 44 million people in the Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Kannada alphabet


Kannada vowels and vowel diacritics


Kannada consonants

A selection of conjunct consonants

A selection of Kannada conjunct consonants


Kannada numerals and numbers

Sample text in Kannada

Sample text in Kannada

Ellā mānavarū svatantrarāgiyē janisiddāre. Hāgū ghanate mattu hakku gaḷalli samānarāgiddāre. Vivēka mattu antaḥkaraṇagaḷannu paḍedavarāddarinda avaru paraspara sahōdara bhāvadinda vartisabēku.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Thanks to Arvind Iyengar for providing the sample text.

Longer sample text (Tower of Babel)


Free Kannada fonts
Online Kannada lessons

Online Kannada <> English dictionary

Online Kannada news in Kannada

Other syllabic alphabets

Ahom, Balinese, Batak, Bengali, Brahmi, Buhid, Burmese, Cham, Dehong Dai/Tai Le, Devanagari, Ethiopic, Grantha, Gujarati, Gurmukhi (Punjabi), Hanuno’o, Hmong, Javanese, Kannada, Kayah Li, Kharosthi, Khmer, Lanna, Lao, Lepcha, Limbu, Lontara/Makasar, Malayalam, Manpuri, Modi, Oriya, Phags-pa, Ranjana, Redjang, Sharda, Siddham, Sinhala, Sorang Sompeng, Sourashtra, Soyombo, Syloti Nagri, Tagalog, Tagbanwa, Tai Dam, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tocharian, Varang Kshiti

November 4, 2006 - Posted by | ALASKA, Kannada Lessons


  1. idu chennagide

    Comment by kannan | November 5, 2006 | Reply

  2. bhaaLaa chhandaage ide

    Comment by achyut | January 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. This was a lot of help for me.

    Though i studied Kannada as a Second language Subject in College, I lost a track of a couple of Alphabets.

    This infact reminded me my School days :-)

    Comment by Rajesh M | October 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. check out http://www.kidsplaylearn.com. There is an interactive software to learn kannada alphabets and words. It can be played online or is downloadable as windows application.

    Comment by prakash | January 28, 2010 | Reply

  5. ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು..
    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಹಾಯದಿಂದ ನಾನು ‘ಞ’ ಮತ್ತು ‘ಙ’ ಅಕ್ಷರಗಳನ್ನು ಬರೆಯಲು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡೆ.. :)

    Comment by Kantesh | October 14, 2010 | Reply

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