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Flying Fox (Indian Fruit Bat)
Flying Fox (Indian Fruit Bat) If you thought that you have to travel hundreds of kilometres to see the largest bat on mainland India, think again. In fact, it is found in Bangalore itself. The wingspan of this bat – the Indian Fruit Bat (also known as the Flying Fox) – measures a whopping 4 feet! ...
Sun Spider
Sun Spider It was way back during the late eighties, perhaps 1988 that I saw this little creature called the Sun Spider scurrying just outside a forest guest house in Tamil Nadu.  I followed it with the help of a torch before it disappeared into the wilderness.  The place I was in was very warm and dry with stunted vegetation and perhaps a bit rocky too. Ever since, I have wanted to see it again and this time...
The Trapeze Artist
The Trapeze Artist The lofty Arjuna trees are imposing and literally take your breath away with their stately presence when you are at Galibore. These trees along with their neighbours harbour a whole array of fauna. If you stop by to observe around for a while, you might espy some of them. You could chance upon Bonnet Macaques, an assortment of birds, one of the owl species that frequents these trees, tarantulas that have...
A Wild Orchestra
A Wild Orchestra It was dark and I was guided by a series of hurricane lanterns hung at regular intervals on wooden stakes driven into the ground. I found my way to the tent, that I had checked into earlier in the day. But for the light emanating from these lanterns, it was pitch dark. The lights of Chamrajnagar glimmered in the distance. The night was very pleasant, considering that it was the peak of summer. It was a...
Coral Jasmine
Coral Jasmine A safari into the forest during a visit to Kabini seems to be a must. In fact, for most people, this urge is what lures them here.  To witness an elephant, a tiger or a leopard in the wilderness is often the primary objective of the trip. No doubt the whole experience can be very exciting. But outside of the safari time, particularly in the evenings, a leisurely stroll on the campus can be very...
The Art of Defence
The Art of Defence The fact that glow worms routinely eat snails is well established. I have on umpteen occasions seen a glow worm making a meal of a snail. Till now, however, I had not had an opportunity to actually witness the ‘hunt'....
All creatures great and small
All creatures great and small With a bouquet of destinations, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. is well placed to cater to an equally wide array of interests and expectations.  Each destination located in unique settings is special in its own right. Be it the Kabini River Lodge, the flagship property of JLR and the very first or the more recent Dubare Elephant Camp, each one has something unique on offer; this being...
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