Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
- The Illangai dialect of Tamil spoken by the the Tamil people of Sri Lanka is strikingly similar to Malayalam, the language spoken by Keralites.
- Kerala and Sri Lanka have similar cuisines – appam/hoppers, idiyappam/string hoppers, puttu/pittoo, and a string of fish dishes, to name a few.
- Keralites and Sri Lankans look alike to a great extent, given their dusky skin tones and sinewy builds.
- Both Keralites and Sri Lankans are known to incorporate a large amount of coconut in their cuisines and other aspects of daily life, thanks to the abundance of coconut trees in Kerala and Sri Lanka.
- Both Keralites and Sri Lankans boast of high literacy rates, with both communities giving ample importance for education.