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 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 […]


July 15, 2019

Another fitting sobriquet for India’s ‘garden city’ could be ‘land of forts’, as it is perhaps bettered only by the likes of Rajasthan and Maharashtra. As one drives out of […]

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 […]

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