The Emerald Route

The Emerald Route is a travelogue by R. K. Narayan. It was published by Indian Thought Publications in 1980. It is a pseudo-travel guide for Karnataka, India.[1] The book was commissioned by the Government of Karnataka, and the initial non-commercial version was published in 1977 as part of a government publication.[2] The book is focused on local history, culture and heritage, and does not exhibit much of Narayan's characteristic personal narrative.[3]

The Emerald Route
First commercial edition (1980)
AuthorR. K. Narayan
IllustratorR. K. Laxman
GenreTravel literature
PublisherIndian Thought Publications
Publication date
1977, 1980
Media typePrint
Preceded byThe Mahabharata 
Followed byA Tiger for Malgudi 


  1. ^ Kain, Geoffrey (1993). R.K. Narayan: contemporary critical perspectives. Michigan State University Press. pp. 193. ISBN 978-0-87013-330-5.
  2. ^ Sundaram, P. S. (1988). R.K. Narayan as a novelist. New world literature series. Vol. 14. B.R. Pub. Corp. p. 132. ISBN 978-81-7018-531-4.
  3. ^ Rao, Ranga (2006). R. K. Narayan. Sahitya Akademi. p. 48. ISBN 978-81-260-1971-7. Retrieved 27 August 2009.