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

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 […]

The Myriad Inhabitants of Coorg

November 15, 2017

I swirled the lemon ice tea around in my mug, seated under the merciless mid-afternoon sun. The clinks of ice reminded me of hailstorms. The view of the dry, sunny […]

Jogimatti: a wilderness in rain shadow

October 01, 2017

In August, rain was a mirage in Chitradurga. Even as the rest of Karnataka battled flooding and torrential downpours, even as the reservoirs at Almatti and Krishnaraja Sagar threatened to […]

Kavaledurga: the Sentinel Fort

August 15, 2017

It was embarrassing, but we could not find the fort we had come to visit! Golden fields of ripening grain skirted the foot of a thickly forested low hill, which […]

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