The delights of rural India have always attracted me and I was keen to spend some time travelling around unknown villages. With that in mind, we decided to take a trip around villages in Nizamabad, it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable trips I have ever taken.
The late afternoon rays set a sepia tone to the surroundings as we drove on the highway. Dusk set in soon and we stopped at a small roadside stall for a quick bite. We reached Haritha Resorts Kaddam around 9pm. It was a quiet place amid forests and the crickets were stridulating in their loudest capabilities. Most of us were pretty tired when reached the hotel, but one photographer decided to narrate a ghost story which snowballed into a long ghostly story telling session that continued till midnight.
The first village on our itinerary was Sarvaporva where we found a local person to take us around. The road to the village was hardly that and had it not been for our friend Raju’s Tata Sumo, the ride would have been a very bumpy one. Jai, a school teacher from the village took us around and told us about the history and introduced us to few locals.
He was very passionate about working with these people and had a file of every newspaper cutting related to the place. I found the Sarvaporva village to be very neat and clean and the kids enthusiastic.
I asked few people if they would like to go to the city and work there to improve their living conditions. But they all seemed content and didn’t want to leave. We then visited the village temple which was a newly built shed with wooden carved statues of the Gods kept in a row. The Gonds have their own gods which are not related to Hinduism.
Our next stop was Rampur village, a few kilometers away where we spent some time looking at the houses and talking with people.One of the villagers told us about the grand Ghusadi festival celebrations which take place after Dasara continuing up till Diwali. He also showed us the elaborate headgear Yetmasar made of peacock feathers and their percussion instruments like dappu, tudum, parra, vette and ghumela used during the festivals. After lunch at Sarvaporva village, we made our way home.
How to reach: It’s best to drive to the two villages. Kaddam is 267 km from Hyderabad and is a five hour drive.
Nearby places: There are very limited choices for accomodation so the Haritha Resorts Kaddam close to the Kawal Tiger Reserve is a good choice. You can also visit the Kaddam dam.
Tips: The best time to visit these villages is during the festival time. There are hardly any places to eat on the way, so carry enough food.