200 (2001 census). Census did not include all people in interior settlements.
Kerala state: Kozhihkode district, Ernad taluk; Palakkad district; Malappuram district, Nilambur tahsil; Tamil Nada and Karnataka states.
Vitality in Malappuram District questionable due to small population, no separate settlements, living with Malayalis. Low education level helps keep language stable. Home, village. Negative attitudes. Most have at least basic proficiency in Malayalam [mal], which is used in all the same domains as Aranadan.
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.