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.

Narayanagiri: The monolith hidden in plain sight

May 15, 2021

After five months of cocooning during the pandemic, we finally gathered some courage to venture out and spend a day watching birds. I had recently come across a photograph of […]

Discovering Wetlands

March 15, 2021

The average world-weary human has discovered the pleasures of travelling – they look forward to weekends in the hope of enjoying exciting destinations. Sometimes an architectural delight awaits; sometimes a […]

Four Seasons at Saul Kere: a wilderness in suburbia

January 15, 2021

In early October, as I trudged a well-worn trail around my favourite neighbourhood wetland, the skies darkened and the wind picked up. Presently, a relentless downpour began. I had heeded […]

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 […]

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