Neelakurinji is Back! After 12 Years

Kerala Aug 2018 flood and Neelakurinji effect.

Word of Caution

Kerala in August going through severe flooding due to unusually high rainfall during monsoon season. As per forest department it happen in August End or September month. Kindly enquire about the situation before you plan your trip to Kerala at official site. We have checked and found the blossoming of flower has started at the time of writing article but please check before making plans. You can check recent updates on Kerala Government Website also.

Munnar in its best after 12 Years, Neelakurinji Bloom
Neelakuruinji Bloom Munnar

What is Neelakunuiji?

As “Neelakurinji”, a flower with 40 odd varieties, blossoms in all its grandeur; it is it is sure a breathtaking sight to behold. For those of you who aren’t aware of what Neelakurinji is, it is a rare purplish-blue flower (Scientific Name: Strobilanthes Kunthiana) which only blooms once in 12 years in the lush hills of Munnar in Kerala.

Neelakurinji-once-in-12 years

Where it happens & about Munnar 

Scenic View of Neelakurinji Bloom 

Munnar is a renounced hill station located in the western ghats mountain range in Kerala, India. The rolling hills dotted with tea plantations, establish in the late 19th century, was a former resort for the British Raj elite. You will find blooming of Neelakurinji bloom here once in 12 year.

Starting of Bloom Neelakuruniji 

Eravikulam National Park, Nilgiri Tahr, Lakkam Waterfalls, and the 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak are some of the places worth visiting.

Close up of Neelakuruniji
Close up of Neelakurnijis Blossom

Finally, the wait will be over now. The hills of Munnar in Kerala burst into a sea of blue, once again, after 12 long years. It is a rare natural spectacle where an endless stretch of rolling hills carpet with tiny blue flowers welcomes the visitors.

Fog over the Neelakurinji

Neela‘ meaning blue and ‘Kurinji‘ the local name for the flower and that’s how Neelakurinji got its name.

This stellar phenomenon can be witnessed between the months of August 2018 and October 2018 when the flower blooms in all its glory unleashing a visual extravaganza. In fact, there is no better time to visit Munnar than when the Neelakurinji blooms a lot.

Neelakurinji Blue Purplish close up

Another extremely enigmatic sight will be the majestic Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered mountain goat found in this area, ambling down the hills that are swathed in Neelakurinji blossoms in all their grandeur.

Nilgiri Tahr and Endagered Mountain Goat

Why Neelakurinji flowers, happen to be only once in 12 years?

Plants can categorically be divided into “annuals” and “perennials”. Perennials live for more than two years and usually flower every year and set seeds. Some perennials flower only once in their lifetime, set seeds and die.

why neelakuruniji happen once in 12 year

The next generation of the plants are established from these seeds and the cycle is repeated. Such plants are known as Monocarpic. Monocarpic plants flower only after attaining maturity. The time taken by different species may differ in this respect. These kind of plants flower gregariously in a single season.

Similarity between Bamboos and Kurijis 

This happens in the case of bamboos and Kurinjis. The term ‘plietesials’ is used to refer to such plants. The time taken to mature varies in different species of Kurinjis.

Similarity between Bamboos and Neelakurnjis
Bamboos and Kurinjis comparision

Things to Note about Neelakurinji 

  • Do not pluck the flowers or plants they are an endangered endemic species.
  • We wish to grown them home its not going to work it would need altitude of 1500 meters to grow them, so hopes of growing them at home will be in vain.
  • The Kurinji plants are fire resistant and act as a natural protector to the grasslands from forest fires
  • The Neelakurinji flowering area is a STRICTLY NO PLASTIC ZONE. Please cooperate.
things to note about neelakurinji
Buds of Neelakurinjis growing

Million Dollar Question – Where is NeelaKurinji found and how to reach there?

Munnar is a City in Kerala, India is well connected to major cities like Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Madurai and Ooty by road.

Air Munnar does not have an airport nearest airport is Cochin International Airport exactly located 110 kms from Munnar & this is the nearest airport. It is connected to all major Indian cities and abroad.
Rail Journey Aluva which is 110 kms away from Munnar is the nearest railway station connecting other parts of country. 130 kms away Ernakulam Junction nearest one is major junction from where you can get trains for major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Mangalore.
BusGovernment Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSTC) operate bus & private operators services connect to Munnar from major cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Enough frequency of luxury and comfortable buses between cities like Bangalore, Coimbatore, Mysore, Chennai to Munnar.
Car (Drive)Road journey from Munnar to rest of the state are well-connected and developed which makes it a beautiful drive & memorable trip. Don’t miss during monsoon season a remarkable drive.
Cab/TaxiDon’t worry about cabs they are easily available in Bangalore, Ooty, Coimbatore, Kochi etc which are main connecting tourist spots and major cites as well.

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