3,000 (2004 survey).
Kerala, Wayanad district, Kalpetta, Meppadi, Muttil and Ambalavayal panchayats; Malappuram district, Nilambur area.
Some use Malayalam in home and village, esp. with children. Use is less among youth. Home, village. All ages. Neutral to positive attitudes. Youth have more negative attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.