The Muduvars are a small population in the NBR, close to the Boluvampatty Area. This community is considered to be at the top in the hierarchy of adivasis in this area and are believed to come from the Madurai area during the Pandiyan times. They practice agriculture and have control over large areas of land for both cash and food crops. Most of their villages are in the upper plateau areas, adjacent to tropical evergreen forests. Most of the Muduvars grow beans, pepper and cardamom and also have vayal areas in the valley for paddy cultivation. These people are self-sufficient and well off. They also have good knowledge of the forest for medicinal plants and collect large amounts of Canarium strictum for their rituals and for sale.