July 24, 2010 · 12:30 AM
Geesugandi is a remote Chenchu tribal hamlet deep in Nallamala forest. It is located in Mahaboonagar district and about 45kms from Anupu village which is 15kms from Nagarjuna Sagar. With no road access, a 3 hour boat journey upstream of river Krishna towards Srisailam takes you to the destiny. We will set out to go to Nagarjuna Sagar and take a fishing boat to the villege. The boat ride passes through gorgeous views of Nagarjuna konda and several hills in various shapes with tiny hill island in the middle which we summitted in our last visit. We dont plan to stop here though. We also get to see the fishermen lifestyle who live right on the edge of the reservoir at various places in the forest. We dont plan to make a stop in the middle.
Schedule Saturday 11:30 PM Meet at the starting point in city (Place will be announced soon) 12.30 A.M Departure. We make sure we sleep during this trasport, we defintely dont want to miss the joy of 3 hour boat ride. It is literally a photographer's paradise! 08.00 A.M Break Fast - Bread, Jam, Butter, Cheese. 10.30 A.M @ Geesugandi, settle down in the tents have tea, go around the place, photographers do their photography, nature lovers enjoy the peace. 12.30 P.M Lunch ( Rice, dal, curry), rest and prepare for trek. 02.30 P.M Trek with chenchu guides. They know in and out of the forest. 06.00 P.M back to base camp , Tea and Snacks. 07.30 P.M Folk songs, dance if possible. 08.30 P.M Dinner ( Rice, Sambar, curry) off to bed. Sunday 08.00 A.M Break Fast - Upma, Chutney 09.00 A.M to Aalatam Fort and trek in and around fort. 12.30 P.M Lunch rest . 02.30 P.M Boat to Sagar 05.00 P.M Bus to Hyderabad, spend some time at Sagar on the way back 09.00 P.M reach Hyderabad and disperse
The trip costs Rs. 2,500 which includes the following 1. 6 times vegetarian food 2. 2 times snacks 3. Good tented accommodation. 4. Visit to Aalaatam Fort ( Not much is known about the fort though, we are still trying to get info from Archeological dept.) 5. Life jackets 6. Mineral water all through the trip 7. Tribal dance during Night 8. 2x180 Kms of bus ride From Hyderabad to Anupu ( Nagarjuna Sagar) 9. 2x50 kms of Boat ride
Things to bring: 1.An umbrella, goggles 2.1 track pants/ loose trousers or jeans – full length 3.2 T-shirt – full sleeves preferred (you may have to go in bushes) (please avoid bright and shiny clothes and wear green/brown to merge in the jungle background) 4.2 pairs of socks 5.2 pairs of under garments 6.Mosquito cream 7.Sun hat/ screen and sunscreen lotion 8.Walking /trekking /sport shoes 9.Digital / Video Camera 10.Torch / Flashlight /headlight with spare batteries 11.Medicines you need 12.Tiffin Box to carry lunch or you can manage with a plastic cover or paper 13.Refreshments / chocolates / energy bars/ Energy Drinks / sugar salt mixture 14.Water bottle – 2 Litres 15.Toilet paper / wet tissues 16.Toiletries ( tooth brush, paste, small towel/napkin, comb, shampoo) 17.2 plastic bags medium size 18.Photo Id ( passport, Employee/College Id, Pan card/Election Card/ Driving License) 19.A rucksack / haversack/back back, in other words a bag you can put all your stuff in and hang on your back, try to keep the bag less than 5-6 kgs 20.2 emergency Notes with your name and address, phone numbers, emergency contact name and number, doctors name and number, with information on any medicines you take and any allergies you have with food or medicines, keep 1 in pocket and 1 in bag. 21.A good and positive mood to carry it all.
Rules: 1.Adhere to the safety measures preached by the on-site coordinators. 2.MOST IMPORTANT: DO NOT LITTER, please bring back all the plastics and dispose them safely. 3.This trip is to enjoy in nature and not for hunting and other illegal activities. 4.By rule: NO smoking and Drinking. 5. All GHAC rules apply.
How do we know this place: CEPCE has adopted this tribal hamlet
( Geesugandi http://maps.google.co... ) in the remote part of Nallamala forest for this endeavour. Geesugandi, though a part of Nallamala forest and with the river flowing by can still be considered as a desert with hardly any resources from forest. The Tribes live in extreme conditions. CEPCE is making an attempt to teach the tribes of the modern farming techniques, providing them electricity powered by solar, water pumps and help them raise 200 fruit and non-fruit bearing plants along the hamlet as a part of an year long project. Arun Raj [masked]
Account Details: Bank : CitiBank Branch : Begumpet Name: Arun Raj Rajendran A/C #[masked] IFSC Code : CITI[masked]