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 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 […]

Ghats, Monsoon and Stream

July 15, 2017

It was August 2015, and Prasenjeet Yadav and I teamed up for a long drive through the Western Ghats. We both had a common goal: to see and photograph as […]

Ranganathittu: Beyond a Tourist Destination

June 15, 2017

Karnataka has a paradise for bird-watchers, photographers and nature lovers – a ‘pakshi kaashi’ (bird paradise, in Kannada). It is in a beautiful location, blessed by the lifeline that is […]

Kaikondrahalli Lake

May 01, 2017

Kaikondrahalli Lake, a small urban lake in Bengaluru, is more special to me than Bharatpur, Corbett, Thattekad, or any other exotic birding hot-spot. The reason? This is where I’ve learnt […]

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