Nelgunda is a remote village in the lush green forest of Dandakaranya and one of most sensitive naxalite region. The area is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, but cursed with inaccessibility for half the year, malaria parasites and zero educational opportunities. It is a small village in Bhamragad Tehsil of Gadchiroli District, connected by a 27kms of earthern road from Bhamragad. Bhamragad is 350 kms away from Nagpur and 200 kms away from Chandrapur as well as Gadchiroli. The entire area lacks road systems, electricity, and basic infrastructure.
The Nelgunda residents belong to the Madia community, a Gondi tribe, of Dravidian race, descended from the Abhujmad hills to the plains of Gadchiroli, originally hunter-gatherers and now doing crude rice-farming. They are indigenous people, predominantly oral, largely monolingual, with minimal culture contacts.