9,520 (2001 census).
Kerala, Idukki district, Pirmed tahsil, Kumily, Vandanmedu, and Chakkupallam panchayats; Ernakulam and Kottayam districts; Tamil Nadu, Dindigul, Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tirunelveli, and Coimbatore districts; Karnataka.
A Scheduled Tribe. Paliya and Mala Pulaya refer to L1 as Tamil [tam], though it differs from standard Tamil. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.