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.

The Verdant Splendour of Daroji

November 15, 2020

The bears panted in the hot sun. The afternoon air was thick and humid, sticky with discomfort. Yet the hours passed unheeded. Three Sloth Bears lumbered on the rocky slope, […]

Ballarayana Durga

August 15, 2020

At the dawn of the day, light gently streamed through giant ficus and jackfruit trees, painting peacocks golden as they sat on tree-tops, warming themselves. Areca trees swayed gently in […]

Hidden Waterfalls of Charmady

June 15, 2020

In 2019, a torrential monsoon had drenched Karnataka and left every dam full and many rivers in spate. Water rushed down the slopes of the Western Ghats and restored well-known […]

The Denizens of Hubli

March 01, 2020

Hubli, at 670 metres above sea level, encompasses a wide range of habitats including scrublands, grasslands and marshlands. Agriculture is predominantly practised in the region, and the crops grown surrounding […]

Dandeli Timber Depot: dead but alive

January 01, 2020

Dandeli, situated alongside the Western Ghats, is a small town in the Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka. Given its proximity to the Western Ghats, Dandeli has always fostered industries that depended […]

Kasavanahalli Lake: Notes from an urban wetland

October 01, 2019

Kasavanahalli Lake used to be my little secret. Off the traffic-clogged Haralur and Sarjapur roads in suburban Bengaluru, this wetland, tucked in the heart of a residential neighbourhood, was my […]

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