|1,338,008 (2011 census)|
|Regions with significant populations|
Pulayars are noted for their music, craftsmanship, and for certain dances which include Kōlam-thullal, a mask dance which is part of their exorcism rituals, as well as the Mudi-āttam or hair-dance which has its origins in a fertility ritual.
According to the 2011 Census, the Pulayan population in Kerala was 1,338,008. They were the largest Dalit group in the state.
- Ayyankali (1863 - 1941), social reformer
- K. P. Vallon (1894 - 1940), social reformer
- Pampady John Joseph (1887-1940 ), social reformer
- vinayakan ,actor
- I.M. Vijayan, indian footballer
Arts of Pulayar caste:
- "PRIMAL ELEMENTS:THE ORAL TRADITION".
"Early Evidence for Caste in South India, p. 467-492 in Dimensions of Social Life: Essays in honor of David G. Mandelbaum, Edited by Paul Hockings and Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, 1987". Cite journal requires
- Palaniappan, Sudalaimuthu (2008). "On the unintended influence of Jainism on the development of caste in post-classical Tamil society" (PDF). International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online). 4 (2). Retrieved 28 June 2019.
- "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 31 August 2019.