Achampet to Bakaram 24-26 Feb, 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 2-3 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 Shodha Yatra.
First Chinna Shodha Yatra was held in April- May 2011 in Duggondi Mandal of Dist Warangal. 23 students 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.
Please visit www.pallesrujana.org for the impressions of shodh Yatris.


Third Chinna Shodha Yatra:


Date: 24- 26 February 2012

Location: Achampet Mandal of Mahbubnagar District, Andhra Pradesh.  

Start: The Yatra commences on 24 Feb at 2 pm from Achampet.
  At Bakaram village at 1 pm on Sunday, 26 Feb 2012.

Total distance: 41 Kms.

For Route map click the link http://g.co/maps/c6naf

Google map duly marked can be seen below for guidance:

A-     Achampet B- Billakal, C- Kothakuntapally, D- Komatkunta, E- Bakaram

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 3rd Chinna Shodha Yatra is voluntary and there is no fee for registration.
  • College students – boys and girls are welcome to participate in the Shodha Yatra.
  • Any citizen-male or female, boy or girl, who understands the mission of NIF and honeybee may participate in the Yatra
  • All participants should be physically fit to walk 30-40 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: RDT office in Achampet, A.P. on 24 February. 2012 @ 11 am(not later than).
  • Dispersal Point: RDT office in Achampet, A.P. on 26 February. 2012

How to Reach Achampet:

·        Regular buses – all types ply from Mahatma Gandhi Bus terminal, Hyderabad to Achampet. 3-4 hours is the duration of travel from Hyderabad. 

Coordinators  for the Yatra :

  • Brig (Retd) P Ganesham, VSM , Contact no +919866001678
  • Sh Ravinder Reddy, Contact No +919440366707 in Achampet


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

Participation is limited to 25. 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:   20 February 2012:

Mail 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:

24 February 2012

11.00 AM                     Gather at Meeting Point- Rural Development Trust (RDT), Achampet

                                    Contact Sh Ravinder Reddy Cell No +919440366707

11.30 AM                     Orientation and Unlearning

01.00 PM                     Lunch

02.00 PM                     Shodha Yatra Commences

25 February 2012                   Shodha Yatra continued

26 February 2012

11.30 AM                     Yatra Ends at Village Bakaram

                                    Sharing of Impressions on Shodha Yatra

01.00 PM                     Travel to Achampet                

02.00 PM                     Lunch at Achampet

Dispersal (3-4 hours travel time to Hyderabad)  

Detail programme will be available on www.pallesrujana.org by 20 February, 2012. It will also be mailed to 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 M.Raju, Volunteer on 24 February on arrival at Achampet.

·        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.


· Each participant is kindly expected to do the following:

  • 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 Report to be sent to Brig (Retd) P Ganesham by 30 February 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:

  • One set of change of clothes
  • orch light with spare batteries
  • Steel plate, tumbler and  spoon
  • Pad and pen/pencil
  • Camera, video
  • Bed sheets (2). Pillow (Only desirable)
  • 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 living with minimal resources and facilities.
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