Kechala is a conglomeration of several hamlets of primarily tribal populace spread over quite a wide region. Since the creation of a dam on the Kolab River, an extensive reservoir surrounds numerous pockets of rugged hilly terrain. The area was so backward that essential infrastructure for sustenance of basic life needs was non-existent. Thus no proper roads, no electricity, no potable water, no school, nor any healthcare facility whatsoever existed in the region when Auro-Mira Service Society decided to work in the village as its field of karmayoga , a necessary component part of the Integral Yoga sadhana of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Of course, the area abounds in natural scenic beauty and clean unpolluted & bracing air.