L1 users: 180,000 (2000).
Tamil Nadu state: Coimbatore district, Pollachi; Dindigul district, Sirumalai and Palani; Teni district, Cumbum Valley; Chingalpattu, Dharmapuri, Salem, and Vellore districts; Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh states.
Coimbatore, Dharmapuri, Pudukottai.
Tamil script [Taml].
Reportedly 3 groups of Gowda: Okkili, Anuppa, and Kurumba, which may be languages or dialects of 1 language. Sometimes referred to as Alu or Palu Kurumba, but is a different language from Alu Kurumba [xua] in the hills. Kurumba and Kuruman are different Scheduled Tribes. Hindu.