Kota in India

Joshua Project has identified the Kota only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Kota is one of the 19 indigenous people groups in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu, India. Their population is relatively small. The total population recorded in 2010 is 1,972. This particular people group is classified by the government of India as one of the primitive scheduled tribes. They live only in seven villages scattered around the Nilgiris district.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Few Kotas have shown interest towards the gospel. Since the late 1840's the gospel was introduced to them by Basel German Evangelical Mission. The Church of England, the Zenana Missionary Society and (from 1935) Freewill Baptist missionary Miss. Laura Belle Barnard, from the U.S. focused to reach this particular people group around Kotagiri in the Nilgiris district. Though missionaries and Christian workers tried their best to present Christ for the past 175 years through various ways and means, the Kotas have been mostly unresponsive to the gospel.

Profile Source:   Indian Christian Revival Mission, Mysore  

People Name General Kota
People Name in Country Kota
Population in India 1,500
World Population 1,500
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kohatur, Kotar, Koter, Kotha, Kuof
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Kota
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 19019
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (1,300) Karnataka (200) Kerala (60) Telangana (30)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu (1,300) Karnataka (200)
Kerala (60) Telangana (30)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  13  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kota (1,000) Tamil (200) Kannada (100) Telugu (50)
Malayalam (40) Hindi (10) Tulu Marathi
Koda Oriya Kodava Bhili
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kota 1,000 Tamil 200
Kannada 100 Telugu 50
Malayalam 40 Hindi 10
Tulu 10 Marathi 10
Koda 10 Oriya 0
Kodava 0 Bhili 0
Bengali 0
For Primary Language: Kota

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.67 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
99.33 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Profile Source: Indian Christian Revival Mission, Mysore  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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