The state language of Karnataka is called Kannada, one of the oldest languages of India. The state was formed to include the Kannada speaking regions, and about 65% of the population speaks Kannada. This language dates back to the 5th-6th centuries, and led to the development of literature in the state. Telegu and Tamil are other South Indian languages of neighboring states, and spoken in the border regions. Konkani (in the coastal belt), Kodava, Malyalam and Urdu are spoken by a limited population. The tribals in the hill regions of the north and west Karnataka speak a language called Lambani.
However, English is widely spoken and understood. Even the north Indian language Hindi is used along with Kannada and English the hospitality business, and in signboards and milestones.