L1 users: 200,000 (2001). Ethnic population: 200,000. 100,000 in Kodagu District; 100,000 in Karnataka District and major cities.
Karnataka state: Coorg (Kodagu) and Mysore districts, Mercara area; Kerala state: Wayanad district.
Kannada script [Knda].
A symbol of identity. ‘Kodagu’, situated to the west. Northern variety has emerged as standard and is used in Kodava literature (Rajyashree 2001). Hindu, traditional religion.