Shodha Yatra 6th

CHINNA SHODHA YATRA - Dhannura-B to Indravelli 01-03 March 2013

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, for details on Shodha 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.

Fifth Chinna Shodha Yatra was held in 02-04 November 2012 in Dist Karimnagar from Kataram to Mahadevpur. 29 participants from all walks of life have participated. They walked for over 45 Kms in three days.
Please visit for the impressions of shodh Yatri participated in the above Yatras and pictures

Sixth Chinna Shodha Yatra
Date: 01-03 March 2013
Location: Indravelli Mandal, Adilabad Dist, Andhra Pradesh.
Start: The Yatra commences on 01 March 2013 from Village Dhannura-B at 11 AM.
Ends: At Indravelli on Sunday, 03 March 2013 at 3 PM.
Total distance: 48 Kms.
For Route map click the link

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 6th 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. Visit 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: Railway Station, Adilabad @ 6 am on 01 march 2013.
  • Local Contact: Mr Manohar Cell: 9441225488
  • Dispersal Point: Indravelli on 3 March 2013 at 5 PM.

How to Reach Adilabad and Dhannura-B:
  • Reach Adilabad by Tirupathi-Adilabad Krishna express Train No 17405 by morning hours of 01 March. Adilabad can be reached by road too. Number of buses ply from and various districts HQ to Adilabad frequently and from Jubilee bus stand in Secunderabad and MGBS, Hyderabad.
  • Arrangements for bathing and breakfast are made at Adliabad. After unlearning sessions, all the participants will move to the Village Dhannura-B yatra starting point using public transport buses

Coordinators for the Yatra:
  • Brig (Retd) P Ganesham, VSM , Contact no +919866001678
  • Mr Manohar, Adilabad Contact No 9652625098,
  • M.Raju, Scout, NIF. Contact No 9502855858

Please send a mail expressing your willingness to participate to
Participation is limited to a maximum of 45. If more participants register, Coordinator will select the final list. Mere Registration does not automatically entitle participation in the Yatra. Confirmation from the Coordinator is essential.

Last date of Registration: 26 February 2013
Send mail with following details for Registration to

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

  • Broad Programme
    01 March 2013
    09.00 AM Gather at Meeting Point- Railway Station GuestHouse, Adilabad,
    Contact M Raju 9502855858, Mr Manohar, 9652625098

    09.30 AM Breakfast, Orientation and Unlearning

    11.00  AM  Arrival at Village Dhannura-B (one hour journey time) and Shodha Yatra Commences

    02 March 2013 Shodha Yatra continues

    03 March 2013 
    01.00 PM  Yatra ends at Indravelli
    Sharing of Impressions on Shodha Yatra
    Dispersal (1.5 hours travel time by bus to Adilabad)
    Train to Hyderabad leaves from Adilabad @ 9 PM

    Detail programme will be available on by 25 February 2013. 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 350 per head may be deposited by each participant with one of the Volunteers from the participants on 01 March 2013, 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 P Ganesham by 10 March 2013 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. It would be surely a humbling experience
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