Berhampur, Feb 5 (LocalWire) A 65-year old retired professor of Andhra University, who had completed his padayatra of about 35,000-km across 14 countries in 1990, has now embarked on a 3000-km journey on motorbike from Chennapatnam, near Chennai to Kasi and back home.
“The aim of the expedition is to know the cultural heritage of the rural India and to write a travelogue,” said M. Adinarayan, here on Tuesday.
He was in Odisha on his return journey from Kasi. He is scheduled to reach Chennai on Feb 18. He embarked on his journey on Jan 18.
Pertinently, legendary Indian traveler E. Veeraswamy, along with 150 others, had travelled from Chennapatnam to Kasi in 1830-31. He had taken 15 months and 15 days to cover the distance on foot.
After around 190 years, Adinaryan travelled in the same route to rediscover the cultural heritage of rural India.
Several Telugu organizations in Silk City welcomed M. Adinarayan on his arrival here.
“I will write the travel book after completion of the expedition,” said the unmarried retired professor of fine arts.
He said Veeraswamy, who had visited Berhampur on his way to Kasi, had also written a piece about the Silk City in his travel book.
An avid traveller, Adinarayan had visited 14 countries of six continents from 2010 to 2016 taking leave from the university via padayatra.
“I had covered around 35,000 km on padayatra across different countries to know their people, culture and lifestyle,” he said.
Adinarayan had written at least 9 travel books after completion of the expeditions.
He had spent around Rs. 35 lakh from his own savings for his travels.
“After travelling on bike, I want to travel via train, especially in meter and narrow gauge routes. I want to cover around 1000 km via train journey to study rural India,” said Adinarayan.
“Train journey is the best journey to study the cultural heritage of rural India,” he added.