Kerala Vellala Maha Sabha (KVMS) is the only organization in Kerala representing Vellala community which was started on September 21st 1957 at Ponkunnam, Kottayam Dist.
It has been registered under the Travancore Companies Act with Register No 1/1959 as
The population of vellala community in Kerala is around Twenty lakhs. The various names by which Vellalas are known in Kerala are Saiva Vellala,Vellala Pillai, Nanjilnattu Vellala, Thenkasi Vellala, Karukatha Vellala, Chetti, Kumbhakonathu vellala, Tuluva vellala, Nattukotta chetty , Mudaliyar, Gounder, Kounder, Eraniel Chetty, Pillai, Chetty Pillai, Chenkula vellala, Vellala Chetty etc.
Vellalas are mainly residing in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Idukki, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kozhikodu, Wayanad and Kannur districts of Kerala. In other districts also vellalas are found here and there. The origin of Vellala in different parts of Kerala is by migration from the neighbouring State of Tamil Nadu