“Bask in the canopy of weaved passions
Spread over an attractive corner of the Deccan plateau, Pochampally is a well known silk weaving centre in Andhra Pradesh in south India. Every member of the artisan household is closely integrated with the intricate tie-and-dye process of Ikkat weaving. The craft has earned a reputation worldwide and a glimpse at the dexterous village folk explains why this enduring tradition has not only survived but also thrived!
The artisans take pride in their craft, and the admiration bestowed upon the weaves has kept alive a great passion. Visitors find it hard to resist the lure of the loom, and a first-hand try at the thread weaving process, guided by the master weavers, is one of the most sought after experiences, only next to the stimulating encounters with local culture and cuisine.
Two beautiful lakes are the lifeline of the villagers, providing water for irrigation as well as supporting livelihoods of fishing communities, washer men etc. Angling and boating, nature walks on the tank-bund, trekking etc are some of the outdoor attractions. Pochampally is also known for being the launch pad for Acharya Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan Movement Bhoodan Movement or Land Gift Movement was a voluntary land reform movement started by Acharya Vinoba Bhave from Pochampally on 18 April 1951. The idea was to persuade wealthy landowners to voluntarily give a percentage of their land to lower castes. Bhave walked across India on foot and made a historic impact. As an experiment in voluntary social justice, the Bhoodan stands as an example for the world.
and the Acharya's Ashram, bordering a large water body, showcases the noble life, thought and actions of this great man.