Kataram to Mahadevpur 02-04 November 2012


Shodha Yatra
is a pilgrimage to the forgotten temples of Knowledge. We believe that the villages and villagers are highly knowledgeable and to understand their expertise in living in harmony with the ever changing nature is the mission of Shodha Yatra. We walk for 3-4 days and interact with the nature and the people live in the villages. Palle Srujana is the overall coordinator for the Yatra. The inspiration for Chinna Shodha Yatra came from National Innovation Foundation (NIF). Please visit www.nifindia.org, www.sristi.org for details on Shodh Yatra.

First Chinna Shodha Yatra was held in April- May 2011 in Duggondi Mandal of Dist Warangal.  23 students (6 girls) from NITW, MRIM and others participated. The feedback indicated that the objectives were fully achieved. 


Second Chinna Shodha Yatra was organized during 18-20 November 2011 in Kothaguda Mandal of Warangal Dist from the historic Pakhal Cheruvu (Reservoir) constructed by the Rulers of KAKATIYA Dynasty, 800 years back for irrigation purposes to Gangaram through tribal belt and reserve Forest. 27 participants (5 girls) from NITW, Vagdevi Inst of Management, Two Professors made the Yatra very meaningful by their participation.


Third Chinna Shodha Yatra was held during 24-26 February 2012 in Mahabubnagar District. The Yatra commenced at Achampet and ended at Bakaram. 28 (including 4 girls) Participants from NITW, MRIM, Vagdevi Inst of Mgmt, Gurunanak Engg College, ITC etc made the Yatra a memorable one. The drought stricken, barren lands of this region provided us a deep insight into the livelihood strategies of the tribal people living in this area.

Fourth Chinna Shodha Yatra was conducted in Dist Khammam during 15-17 June 2012 from Chintur to Motugudem. 26 participants including a farmer, inter students, and students from NITW, IIIT, IIT, Kharagpur etc. A distance of 45 Kms was covered in deep forests and amongst adivasis.


Please visit www.pallesrujana.org for the impressions of shodh Yatri participated in the above Yatras..


Fifth Chinna Shodha Yatra

Date: 02-04 November 2012

Location: Mahadevpur Mandal, Karimnagar District, Andhra Pradesh. 

Start: The Yatra commences on 02 November 2012  from Kataram at 10 AM.

Ends:  At Mahadevpur on Sunday, 04 November 2012 at 3 PM.

Total distance: 48 Kms.

For Route map click the link http://goo.gl/maps/gZLb1

Actual walking route will be different than what is shown in the google map.



  • Observe the bio-diversity and its changes over the route
  • Observe the livelihood practices of Villagers.
  • Understand the harmony among the villagers and the nature.
  • Interact with villagers and learn their traditional knowledge. Document it.
  • Identify creative people in the village and document their knowledge.
  • Felicitate elders above 90 years at their door step.
  • Understand the villagers’ perspective on Development.
  • Observe the resource availability and their utilization including value addition etc.
  • Assess the self reliance practices.
  • Talk to children, share your knowledge and inspire them with your achievements.
  • Assess the aspirations of village youth and their parents
  • Identify technology gaps and see the appropriateness of the tools and equipment being used by the villagers.
  • Study the crop pattern and examine their suitability to the environment, people’s needs and its sustenance.
  • Observe their food habits, health practices.
  • Traditional practices in treatment to animals.
  • Forest management and ownership of lands by tribal.


  • Participation in 5th Chinna Shodh Yatra is voluntary and there is no fee for registration.
  • College students – boys and girls are welcome to participate in the shodh Yat
  • Any citizen-male or female, boy or girl, who understands the mission of NIF and honeybee may participate in the Yatra. Visit www.nifindia.org before volunteering to participate in the yatra.
  • All participants should be physically fit to walk around 45 Kms over three days
  • Expenses for reaching the starting point and returning back from the termination point should be borne by the participants
  • Food expenses will be shared equally by the yatris
  • Yatra discipline needs to be strictly followed
  • Meeting point: Kataram, Contact Mr Krishna Cell: 9652625098 on 02 Novemeber 2012
  • Dispersal Point: Mahadevpur on 04 Novemeber.

How to Reach Kataram

Reach Warangal by morning hours of 02 November. Kataram can be reached by bus which is 90 Kms from Warangal. You can board APSRTC buses from Hanamkonda/warangal Bus stand. Frequency of buses which go to Mahadevpur/kaleswaram is every 30 minutes and you need to get down at kataram.


Coordinators for the Yatra

     Brig (Retd) P Ganesham, VSM , Contact no +919866001678

     Mr Krishna, Kataram Contact No 9652625098, Kataram

     M.Raju, Scout, NIF. Contact No 9502855858



Please send a mail expressing your willingness to participate to honeybeeap@gmail.com

Participation is limited to 30. If more participants register, Coordinator will select the final list. Registration does not automatically entitle participation in the Yatra. Confirmation from the Coordinator is essential.


Last date of Registration:   28 October 2012

Send mail with following details for Registration to honeybeeap@gmail.com

  • Name:
  • Occupation:
  • College & Location (If student):
  • Contact No:
  • Email ID:
  • First Time Yatri?  Yes/No
  • Why you want to participate in Yatra? 

Broad Programme

02 November 2012

09.00  AM                   Gather at Meeting Point- Kataram, Breakfast,

                                Contact M Raju 9502855858, Mr Krishna 9652625098

09.30 AM                    Orientation and Unlearning

10.30 PM                    Shodha Yatra Commences

              02.00 PM                Lunch

            03.00 PM                  Shodha yatra continues

03 November 2012                  Shodha Yatra continued

17 November 2012 

01.00 PM                    Yatra Ends at Mahadevpur

                                Sharing of Impressions on Shodha Yatra

 02.300 PM                 Lunch at Motugudem

   Dispersal (1.5 hours travel time by bus to Warangal/Kazipet/Hanamkonda)

Detail programme will be available on www.pallesrujana.org by 20 October 2012. It will also be mailed to the registered participants directly.


Other Information

  • Food will be centrally organized. Each participant has to contribute for the food. Tentatively an amount of Rs 300 per head may be deposited by each participant with one of the Volunteers from the participants on 02 November on arrival at Kataram.
  • Accounts will be settled by the volunteer before dispersal.
  • During the Yatra, we will be felicitating the old and deserving villagers with shawls and other useful items. Voluntary contributions from participants are welcome for this purpose.
  • Interaction with School children will be a major activity during the yatra. Prepare to organize games, idea competitions, bio-diversity competitions and gifts for the same could be contributed by the participants.
  • Recipe competitions for the women of the villages will be conducted.
  • Each participant is kindly expected to do the following:  

. Maintain a positive attitude and shift to learning mode.

.Keep active and participate whole heartedly.

.Interact with other participants extensively.

.Talk to villagers with respect and learn from them.

.Impressions to be shared everyday and more on the last day.

.A detailed Report on your impressions with your willingness to work in some activity (Specify) to be sent to Brig (Retd) P Ganesham by 10 November 2012 thru email.

Useful Information 

Kindly refer below for some important instructions/information for the Shodha Yatra:
  • Travel light and bring only as much luggage, which you can handle by yourself.
  • Sleeping gear has to be brought by the participant as it will not be provided
  • Most of the route mobile connection is not available.
  • Only those who will be able to endure the extensive walking should come and anyone with any health problems should not come.
  • It is expected that during the Shodha Yatra, the participants will not walk with their friends/ known people, the objective of this walk is to get to know other people and learn from them.
  • No waste material like food packets/ wrappers/polythene is to be littered in the jungles, villages or the places where we rest/sleep. Participants are expected to dispose such material, if in possession at the designated place or carry back for disposal later.
  • Closed bathroom/washroom facility is not available.
  • Sometimes due to unforeseen reasons, food may be delayed. Kindly bear all this in mind.

What to carry

  • 1-2 sets of change of clothes
  • Torch light with spare batteries
  • Steel plate, tumbler and  spoon
  • Pad and pen/pencil
  • Camera, video
  • Bed sheets (2). Pillow(Only desirable)
  • A Mug
  • Water bottle
  • Cap
  • Suitable  foot wear – avoid new shoes
  • First aid kit
  • Medicines, if you are using any

One bag per participant will be carried separately in a logistic vehicle.

No Plastics please. 


If we keep everything in mind, Chinna Shodha Yatra would be a good learning experience for all. You will surely experience the excitement of living with minimal resources and facilities.

Please visit www.pallesrujana.org

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