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.

Chikmagalur: Birding with a Coffee Flavour

May 01, 2019

In the late 1990s, as a student in Manipal, I discovered that the hills I gazed at from my hostel window were a two-hour bus ride away. A school chum […]

The Living Treasures of Kolar Gold Fields

January 15, 2019

A narrow mud road behind Bharat Heavy Earth Movers Limited, in the town of Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), leads to a hidden, lush grassland that is home to Blackbucks (Antilope […]

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 […]

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