18,600 (2001 census). 260 in Kerala, 18,300 in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu, Kanniyakumari district; Kerala, Trivandrum, Kollam, and Kottayam districts, Chittar, Kattachira, and Rajanpara in Ranni Range, Pathanamthitta taluk, Nottakal in Pathanapuram taluk, Pampa river, Neduvanged taluk forest tracks.
Also use Tamil [tam].
A Scheduled Tribe. Reported to speak a dialect of Malayalam [mal] with many borrowed words and phrases from Tamil. Traditional religion, Hindu.