Anavils
Ahir (Ayar)
Bhil
Charan
Dubala
Jain
Kangashiya
Kapols
Kathi
Khoja
Kharwa-Khalsi
Koli
Lohanas
Mussalmans
Mer
Miyana
Nat-Bajaniya
Naagar
Padhar
Parsis
Patanvadia
Patidars (Patel)
Rajputs
Rabaris
Sindhis
Sidi
Targala - Bhavaya
Vanzara
Vadi
Vaghari
Vankar
Vohras
  Normally the tribals live in forests or hilly areas. The Dubala are an exception. They live in fertile plains of south Gujarat. The geographical shape of this area is like a thumb. A large part of this area falls on the coastline. The Dubala community does not reside in the village close to the coastline.
        The Dubala are found in most parts of the Surat district and in some talukas of Bharuch district. They are thick in population in Kamrej, Palsana, Bardoli and Navsari. They are not in a position to claim any particular place as their native. They lack the power and instinct to live like an independent and autonomous community. They work as landless labourers. Most Dubalas live in the fields of landowners. Very few Dubalas have the distinction of being independent farmers.
        The word ‘Dubala’ means weak. By and large they are really weak. It is said that two labourers from Saurashtra can give an output equal to the labour of four Dubala labourers. Their low efficiency might be one of the major reasons for their backwardness.
        Dubalas do not live a joint family life. Fathers do not inherit anything to the sons. Dubalas are very honest by nature. They suffer debts for social customs and occasions. The very debt becomes the cause of their miseries and exploitation. Marriage is one of the main reasons of debts. They settle their quarrels with the help of guidance and verdict of a panch or a jury.
        The Dubalas love to dance like other tribals. Dance is the means of entertainment and refreshment for them. They also satisfy their religious notions with the help of dance. They use different musical instruments like a toor, a thali or a dish, a tamboor, a Bajaniya, bhoongal and zarikathi.
        The dances of the Dubalas are called ‘Chalo’. Some of them are ‘marghichalo’, ‘patalaghochalo’, ‘khiskolichalo’ etc. Beladi dance, choral dance, gheriya dance, Holi dance etc. are their favourite pastimes. They are very superstitious in nature. They fear the evil spirits like ghost, chudel, vanthati and witch. They pray different gods and deities and promise offerings to save themselves from such evil spirits.
        The last day of the month ‘Saravan’-Divaso is the main festival of Dubalas. The young girls celebrate the festival of dolls. Only the virgin girls participate in the marriage of dolls. They also celebrate the festivals like Navarati, Dussera, Diwali and Holi. The Dubalas are not particular about their dress. The males wear a short dhoti, shirt and a round piece of cloth on the head. The women wear traditional Gujarati dress. They tie the saree like a dhoti.
        There are other tribal communities like the Chandhari, the Ghodiya, the Gamit and Kotwaliya besides Dubalas. The word ‘Raniparaj’ is used as an introduction to all these tribal communities of this area.