1,000 (2004 SIL).
Kerala, Wayanad district, Mathamangalam, Thelampatta, Thekkumpatta, Cheramkolli, and Kazhambu villages.
According to Menon (1996:313) and Shashi (1994 Vol.11), they speak Malayalam [mal] mixed with Kannada [kan] words. Lexical similarity: 88% with Kalanadi [wkl], 83% with Kunduvadi [wku], 72% with Malayalam [mal], 79% with Paniya [pcg], 76%–80% with Mullu Kurumba [kpb], 70%–74% with Wayanad Kurichiya.
Continued vitality doubtful, due to small population, no separate settlements, living with Malayalis, and similarity to Malayalam. Home. Also use Malayalam [mal].
Common cultural origin with Kunduvadiyar and Kalanadikal. Not related to the washerman caste of the same name in Travancore area. (Menon 1996). Jain.