Nil, Pania, Paniyan, Panyah
Kerala, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Malappuram districts; Tamil Nadu, west of Nilgiris hills; Karnataka, Kodagu district.
Literacy rate in L2: 41% for Kerala, 26% for Tamil Nadu (2001 census).
Kannada script, used in Karnataka. Malayalam script, used in Kerala. Tamil script, used in Tamil Nadu.
A Scheduled Tribe. Hindu, traditional religion, Christian.