''Sometimes you are left so in awe by the wonders of nature you get to see around you.''
One such wonder of nature is the famous Neelakurinji flower also known as Strobilanthes kunthiana which blooms just once in every 12 years. Now you are wondering, something must be really mysterious and really special, that such phenomenon is worth a watch, that last happened in 2006 has come again in 2018 to leave the Western Ghats of South India blossoming with the aroma and beauty of it. You surely wouldn’t want to miss such a beauty!
The blue beauty- Neelakurinji
A special species of flower that blossom once in every 12 years draping the hills in the carpet of blue and purple. The flower grows on the Nilgiri hills of Western Ghats, in fact, the name Nilgiri is given due to this special flower that makes the hills look blue once in a decade.
There isn’t just one variety of Neelakurinji, there are as much as 250 different species of Kurinji and 46 varieties of Neelakurinji found in India, it even includes red, maroon flowers.
The nectar of the flower carried by the bees and is used to make honey is considered to be of special sweetened taste and full of nutrients. The sweetness of the flower fills the hills leaving a soothing aroma to smell along with the visual delight.
Spring 2018 is the Kurinji year for Munnar
We all know how spring makes every place on earth fresh and vivid in colours. Wait till you see the Kurinji flowers dotting the green hills of Munnar giving them the look of a mix of blue and purple. The flower will start to pop out on the hills of Western Ghats with the beginning of the monsoon season. The Kurinji season begins from July 2018 and will continue till October 2018. It is such a great phenomenon for Kerala that nobody would want to miss the show of blue carpet on the green Munnar hills. The bookings have started already and there will be people from around the world to watch the azure beauty of the Neelakurinji.
Where to go in Munnar?
Eravikulam national park, Rajamala, Top Station in Munnar are the places to go this year to witness the Neelakurinji. The bookings for tickets have started already if you don’t want to miss this chance, book your tickets as soon as possible.
Things to do in Munnar
Now that you are surely going to plan a trip to Kerala to witness the beautiful Neelakurinji, there is a lot to do in Munnar apart from this that you can do in Munnar. Munnar is the epitome of beauty in South India filled with tranquil hills and routes, the aromatic tea gardens and the trekking points which let you explore Munnar the best. Here are few things that you can do in Munnar from July to September, the blooming season for Neelakurinji.1. Go to Eravikulam National Park
Sprawled over 97 sq km, Eravikulam National Park is set on the Nilgiri hills which will turn purplish blue this year. The national park is the home to famous Nilgiri Tahrs. Apart from this, you can catch the glimpse of rare species of birds and butterflies which will be buzzing around the sweet aroma spread by the flowers of the hills.2. Visit Echo point
Located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar, Echo point is surrounded by a beautiful lake set amid the clean green fields. The point is named after the natural echoing phenomenon that it has to offer. Scream your name, wait for it, and experience the joy of hearing your name again and again until it fades completely.3. Take a tour of tea gardens
Encompassed by the tea gardens where ever you go, Munnar is the hub of tea production in India. You can go around for a tea tour around Munnar enjoying the green hills and the aroma of it. While you can have a stay at the tea estates you can also enjoy the fresh morning tea prepared from the fresh tea leaves.4. Trek to Top station
The highest point of Munnar located at a distance of 32 km from Munnar. At an elevation of 1700 m, you can witness the grandeur of the Western Ghats and its hills. You can enjoy a trek to the top point to marvel the breathtaking views of the hills flooded with clouds.5. Boat ride in Kundala Lake
If you want to enjoy a boat ride, head to Kundala lake which is located about 20 km from Munnar. The lake is snuggled between the hills of Munnar and water remains calm and is perfect to enjoy a boat ride on the lake.