India’s natural areas are gaining increasing appreciation for their beauty and also for their inherent value of being ‘natural capital’. Most protection efforts, however, are focused only on a few areas like wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves, while lesser-known natural areas face a high degree of pressure for development. JLR Explore brings these lesser-known natural areas into focus, so that their intrinsic values and need for protection are highlighted.

Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary: of rocks and rosettes

September 01, 2018

It was past five and time to head back to Bangalore. We had spent the entire day at Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary, but hadn’t spotted a single peacock yet. Shashidar and […]

Tungabhadra Dam: a paradise for birds

July 01, 2018

The long stretches of paddy fields in Hospet, Gangavathi, Bellary, Siruguppa and Sindhanur taluks in Bellary, Koppal and Raichur districts indicate the change that the Tungabhadra Dam brought to the […]

Bewitching Tales at Yana

May 15, 2018

After a bout of rain at noon, the clouds cleared a bit and the sun peeked out, as if it was greeting the birds that began to chirp and reptiles […]

Navaloor: the road less travelled

April 01, 2018

Serendipity is the only word that describes how I stumbled upon Navaloor, a small village located 4 kilometres from Dharwad, with a ubiquitous village pond and a lake, both of […]

Sky Islands

February 15, 2018

The highest elevations of the Western Ghats have some of the most spectacular landscapes in southern India. These mountain-tops (above 1400 m) have unique habitats called shola, which are also […]

Channarayana Durga

January 01, 2018

A koel sang its welcome note as the car came to a standstill at the corner of the dusty village road. The tamarind tree offered shade and hid the melodious […]

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