Koya is a Dravidian language spoken by about 300,000 people in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Oryssa. The language is also known as Kavor, Kaya, Koa, Koi, Koi Gondi, Koitar, Koyato, Koyi and Raj Koya.

The Koya claim their origin from the pandavas of the epic Mahabharata, especially the lord Bhima. When the pandava brothers were in exile, Bhima went hunting in the jungle and met a wild woman of the woods and subsequently got married. The fruit of the union was the Koya people. There are other legends connected with their origin.

The literacy rate among the Koya is extremely low and formal education is not favored. Usually boys study up to secondary level and girls continue only to primary level. They drop out because they have to work to support their families.

Koya script

This is a script for Koya devised by Professor Prasanna Sree.

Koya script

Information provided by Professor Prasanna Sree of Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India


Information about the Koya language and people

Scripts invented by Professor Prasanna Sree

Bagatha, Dhurwa, Gadaba, Gondi, Goudu, Jatapu, Kammara, Kolam, Konda-Dora, Kotia, Koya, Kupia, Mali, Mukha Dora, Rana, Savara, Sugali, Yerukula

Dravidian languages

Badaga, Brahui, Dhundari, Gondi, Irula, Jatapu, Kannada, Kodava, Kolam, Konda, Koya, Kurukh, Malayalam, Malto, Mukha Dora, Ravula, Sankethi, Savara, Sunuwar, Suriyani Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Toda, Tulu, Yerukula

Page last modified: 23.04.21


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


Learn a Language with gymglish

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.fr are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)

If you're looking for home or car insurance in the UK, why not try Policy Expert?