No known L1 speakers. Ethnic population: 35,000 (2001 census).
Kerala, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, and Thrissur districts; Tamil Nadu.
Shifted to Malayalam [mal] in Kerala.
A Scheduled Tribe. Speak a variety of Malayalam [mal] as L1. Malayarayar and Mala Arayan are listed as 2 different communities in the census but are the same group. Though the Kanikkar of Trivandrum District also sometimes call themselves Malayarayar, they are entirely different (Menon 1996:198). Hindu, Christian.