L1 users: 362,000 (2001 census).
Chhattisgarh state: Bastar district; Maharashtra state; Odisha state: Koraput district, Malkangiri subdistrict; Telangana state: south of Godavari river, adjoining districts north of the river.
Malkangiri Koya, Podia Koya (Gotte Koya), Jaganathapuram Koya (Godavari Koya, Gommu Koya), Dorli (Chintoor Koya, Dor Koi, Dora, Dora Koi, Dorla Koitur, Dorla Koya, Korla). Linguistic center is Chintoor. Malkangiri and Podia are more divergent. Separate from Northern Gondi [gno], Adilabad Gondi [wsg], and Aheri Gondi [esg].
Some also use Telugu [tel], but proficiency is low.
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.