Irulas are an ethnic group. They inhabit the area of the Nilgiri mountains, in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In Tamil Nadu they live in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore and Erode districts. In Kerala they live in the Palakkad district and Attapady and Walayar panchayats. The Irula speak Irula language, which belongs to the Dravidian family. It is most closely related to Tamil. – at Kunjapanai, Kotagiri, Nilgiris.