BuDa Folklore conducts study tour programs for schools and colleges to create a learning community that explores folklore knowledge and its application in the contemporary world. These student visits provide an opportunity for the few remaining tribal communities to share the wisdom of their heritage.
We designed this unique model for sustainable development based on endogenous and educational tourism that aims to leverage the inherent strengths of the region and its people and simultaneously brings awareness to the urban youth about a host of issues. By leading people through experiential learning activities, we aim to inspire the urban population to question their own attitudes towards rural communities and catalyse them to be more inclined towards sustainable development
and community living.
We invite students and interested individuals to come and learn at first hand from the ethnic people themselves. All resource personnel are from local and tribal communities.
Students study and understand the rich folk culture and people of this region, which include the Halakki, Gamokkalu, Gondas, Siddhis and Kareokkalu tribes. They study their food, art and craft, music, dance and architecture by analysing how the environment and landscape influence their lives, and how they adopt their lifestyle according to their surrounding.
Students will also get the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful landscape, islands, waterfalls, estuaries, hills, rivers, thick forests and the sea.
Get to trace the entire route of the Sharavathi River from the origin to the estuary, where it meets the Arabian Sea. Cover this through a combination of treks, boat rides and short stretches of road. Along this journey, students explore beautiful historical islands, the course of the river and the various land forms created by the river.
Camping on beaches, this trek from Honnavar to Gokarna will take you along the Western coast and over the Sahyadri hills. This is a very unique trekking experience, possible only in this stretch. Get to interact with the Halakki tribe and fishermen community.
Trek through the evergreen and moist deciduous forests of the Western Ghats and camp in villages that are located en route our trek. It includes trekking to Yana Motigudda Hill, which is the highest peak of this region. On this route, study the Siddhi and Kareokkalu tribes in connection to the forest.