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