3,000 (2004 survey).
Kerala, Wayanad district, Kalpetta, Meppadi, Muttil and Ambalavayal panchayats; Malappuram district, Nilambur area.
Some use Malayalam in home and village, esp. with children. Use is less among youth. Home, village. All ages. Mixed attitudes. Also use Malayalam [mal].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion, Hindu.