The Kotas are the artisanal adivasis of the Nilgiris. There are 7 Kota Villages in the hills. They are skilled as blacksmiths, silversmiths and carpenters. The women practice pottery. The Kotas also cultivated their own lands and were known to be good musicians. During earlier times, this community supplied tools, pots and other artisanal services mainly to Badagas and Todas. Now these occupations are not followed, as modern equipments have taken over. Some pottery is still done for ritualistic purposes. This community is now mostly educated and can be seen holding government jobs, owning tea gardens or running small businesses. They now number approximately 1900 people only.