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Wilderness Areas of Tumkur
Wilderness Areas of Tumkur Located in south-interior Karnataka and spread over 10,000 sq km, Tumkur District is host to a wide variety of wildlife. Although forests cover just about 4% of the district's geographical area, they are home to some spectacular wildlife and picturesque landscapes. Much of the tree cover and forests of the district are concentrated along two hill chains made up of metamorphic rocks, which run...
Byndoor – A birding paradise by the sea
Byndoor – A birding paradise by the sea Many places along Karnataka's coast, with the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other, offer very interesting experiences for the birder. One such place is Byndoor (also spelt as Baindoor or Baindur), a small town by the sea situated around 70km north of Udupi. ...
Brahmagiri
Brahmagiri As I looked around, all I could see was miles of green mountains. At a distance, I could see clouds travelling towards me, rain pouring down on small pockets of land. The nip in the air took away the tiredness from my limbs and I felt rejuvenated as gulps of fresh air filled my lungs; such was the joy I experienced when I scaled up the peak of Brahmagiri. ...
Kathalekan - Forests from the Past
Kathalekan - Forests from the Past A roadside sign on the sparsely populated Bangalore - Honnavar highway heralds the bio-diversity wonderland Semecarpus kathalekanensis , I heard the name for the first time, nearly after two...
Hampi - An Intoxicating Blend
Hampi - An Intoxicating Blend One of the many watch towers arises from a carpet of green. These watch towers were primarily used as military observatories or the posts of guards at special areas. Following the contour of the rocks a little higher we can see a number of four-pillared tiny rock pavilions in isolation. These were...
Uttara Kannada
Uttara Kannada The Western Ghats region is the abode of some of the most mesmerizing waterfalls of Karnataka. The lush greenery of the Ghats turns into a beautiful canvas dotted with waterfalls, which are at the peak of their beauty in the grandest season of the year, the monsoon. Monsoon brings life to the Western Ghats. The forest floor and tree tops start buzzing with sounds of various creatures, from birds to tiny...
An Unusual Outing - Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
An Unusual Outing - Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve Imagine a reserve not for elephants or tigers, but for endangered antelopes; not with lofty trees and thick forests, but with wide-open grasslands. Welcome to Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve. Tucked away in the district of Tumkur, about 150 kms from Bangalore, it is one of two grasslands in Karnataka where blackbucks are found. Formerly called Maidanahalli,...
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