26,000 (2004 survey). 25,000 in Wayanad; 1,000 in Gudalur of Nilgiri.
Kerala state: Wayanad district, Sulthan Bathery and Vythiri sub-districts; Tamil Nadu state: Nilgiri district, Gudalur sub-districts, Cherangodu and Erumad villages, 10 hamlets.
Use is declining. Home, village, religious services. Positive attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal].
A Scheduled Tribe. Mullukuruman and Mullukurumbar are sometimes referred to as different tribes. Kuruman are in Kerala and Kurumbar in Tamil Nadu. Linguistically can be considered one group. Traditional religion, Hindu.