Neelakurinji Blooms in 2018 in Munnar, Kerala
Every 12 years, the mountain slopes of Munnar are dressed with bluish-purple flowers which, when seen from a distance, are a visual treat. Seen closely, these bell-shaped flowers appear to dance gaily against the winds that caress them lovingly. This is the Neelakurinji flowers which make an appearance once in 12 years, and when they do, draw tourists from all over the world.
This year too, the hills of Munnar will witness the blooming of these flowers from August 2018 to October 2018. The rarity of this event, along with the visual spectacle that it holds in store for visitors, is what makes it an altogether exciting event. Head to the hills of Munnar and watch the Neelakurinji flower bloom in all its glory. This blog tells you all that you know about this event.
Neelakurinji Flower – An Introduction
Neelakurinji is the name of a flower with purple-bluish color that has the resemblance of a bell. In the local Malayalam language, the name means “blue flowers”. The botanical term for the flower is ‘Strobilanthes kunthianus’, with the name “kunthianus” said to be derived from the River Kunthi. This shrub is found exclusively in the mountain slopes of the Nilgiri Mountain Range and the Shola Forests of the Western Ghats. Among the 46 plant species found in India that bloom every 10 to 16 years, the blossoming of this flower provides the best opportunities for sightseeing.
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Neelakurinji Flower – A spectacular sight to come across!
The sight of certain mountain slopes bathed in purple-bluish color is hard to miss. It’s a spectacular sight to come across, one that possess an intoxicating beauty about it. The rarity of this event enhances its overall attraction. It makes its appearance once every 12 years, and this year is one of them. Travel to Munnar between the months of August and October and watch the mountain slopes decorated with plenty of Neelakurinji flowers. Coming across sights such as these puts that smile on your face when you think about them years later.
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Places for seeing the Neelakurinji Flower
This flower makes it appearance at 1800m above sea level, amidst the slopes of the Nilgiris “Blue Mountains” along with the Shola grasslands that envelop the charming hill-station of Munnar. Kurinji flowers represents the rich biodiversity that the Western Ghats is famous for. This was also a way by which the members of the Pulaya tribes determined their age.
To witness this delightful flower in all its glory, head to Munnar, the beautiful hill-station of Kerala, home to several attractions and a major tourist attraction in its own right. Located at an altitude of 600ft, it settles itself comfortably amidst the dense forests of the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala.
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There are several places in Munnar where you can witness the blossoming of the Neelakurinji Flower. One of these is the Kurinjimala Sanctuary. Located at Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages of Devikulam Taluk in Munnar, its spread across 32 sq. km and is the core habitat of the Neelakurinji plant. The last time this flower bloomed was at the Neelakurinji Fest 2006 at Munnar. The other place where tourists can witness the blooming of these flowers is at the Eravikulam National Park.
Nearby attractions worth checking out
Munnar is also home to a variety of attractions that attract the tourists the year round. The beautiful tea plantations, the Tea Museum, waterfalls and trekking to the Anamudi Peak are all major attractions. Spending an afternoon by the Mattupetty Dam is an altogether different delight.
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