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Bio-diversity festival
It was a festival that showcased the rich agricultural heritage of a small area. Held at Karnataka’s border near Zaheerabad Mandal in Andhra Pradesh, this festival has attracted many farmers from Karnataka.

Deccan Development Society (DDS) has been working with more than hundred villages in the region since 25 years. It has rejuvenated millet-based farming in these villages. This organisation has brought self-confidence among rural women, especially Dalits. Now they cultivate varieties of millets and sell it to their own market. They are also operating a community radio.

According to P V Satheesh, Director of DDS, millets hardly need any chemical inputs.
Ratnavva of Dhanvar village claims, “I own two acres of land and have been growing millets without much effort. I am not using seeds provided by government. I have my local varieties of seeds and am sowing the same.” Like Ratnavva, many farmers have returned to traditional cultivation methods.  The festival that ended last week, had mobile units visiting more than 50 villages in two groups. Folk singers and dancers spread the message of bio-diversity, local seeds and dry land farming. The mobile bio-diversity festival has been attracting many people including scientists, researchers and farmers.
Anand Teertha Pyati

Explore Mallalli
Mallalli is a tiny hamlet situated amidst thick forests and plantations, much like Agumbe. There are many streams alongside the plantations and paddy fields that eventually join the Mallalli water fall. Just behind Mallalli village, deep in the jungle, you can hear the roar of the water fall.  There are huge rocks near the water falls. Scale the rocks, and you will be treated to magnificent views of mountains, thick forest and valleys. In the backdrop, you can see the grand Pushpagiri mountain range (Kumara Parvata) and hill ranges of Kodagu and Hassan districts. The Mallalli fall is known as Mallalli abbi in local parlance.

Getting there
Mallalli is 17 kms from Somvarpet, Kodagu district It can be reached via Bisle ghat via Mageri

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