A community of Karnataka, they have synonyms like Halepaik, Ediga
and Iliga. They claim that originally they were Banajiga, which became a
distinct community because of their profession of toddy-tapping. The
term Idiga has been derived from the Telugu word idchu, meaning to
draw. In Tamil Nadu, the Idiga are also known as Naidu, Vadugan, Ediga
Balija and Gavara. They use Naidu as their title.
Formal education is approved of by them for boys, while it is not whole
heartedly pursued by girls. T’hey use both indigenous and modern
medicines and have accepted modern methods of family planning.
Some of them have benefited from rural development and selfemployment