Parkavakulam is a community from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The main sub-divisions of the community are Malaimannar, Moopanar, Nainar, Nathamannar and Shruthimannar.
Parkavakulathars are referred as Udayar. Men of the community are referred to as Parkavan and women as Parkavi.The then King "Paari" who offered the car(Ther) he travelled to a flower plant(Mullai Kodi) which was uncared in the street.Since then he was called as " Mullaikku Ther Kodutha Paari " as found in the Tamil history literatures "Purananuru".
The community forms a sizeable population in the areas of Pudukottai,Thuraiyur,Perambalur,Karur, Trichy, Ariyalur, Salem, Theni, Attur, Rasipuram, Namakkal, Tanjavur, Pattukkottai, Mannargudi, Kumbakonam, Thiruvannamalai, Ramanathapuram, Chennai, Sivagangai, Villupuram,Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Cuddalore, Puducherry and Bangalore.
Nainaar are mostly Jains residing in North and Central Tamil Nadu. Malaimannar, Moopanar, Nathamannar and Shruthimannar follow either Shaivism or Vaishnavism. It is not unusual to find Christians among those groups due to the conversions which happened during the 18th century in Tamil Nadu.