29,400 (2004 survey). Ethnic population: 32,800 (2001 census).
Kerala, Kannur, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts; Mananthavady and Vythiri tahsils in Wayanad.
Kunnam, Wayanad. Lexical similarity: 60%–66% between dialects; Wayanad dialect 67%–71% with Malayalam [mal].
Malayalam script [Mlym].
A Scheduled Tribe. Consider themselves higher caste than Brahmin. An endangered language (Central Institute of Indian Languages). Further study is being done at Annamalai University. Hindu, Christian, traditional religion.