Once again after 12 years, Neelakurinji flowers bloom in Kerala’s Munnar. The Neelakurinji blooms in the Annamalai Hills near Munnar. The whole Annamalai Hills looks splendid in a purplish-blue carpet; and, attract people from across the globe. Last time this marvelous phenomenon occurred in 2006. And, before that in 1994, in 1982, etc.
After 12 Years, Neelakurinji Flowers Bloom in Kerala’s Munnar, Why after so long?
Neelakurinji means blue flower. neela meaning blue and kurinji is the local name for the flower. Neelakurinji or Kurinji flowers spread all over the rolling hills. And, these flowers color the hills along with its surrounding areas in different hues of violet. Hence, it adds beauty to God’s own country.
Munnar is home to these rarely occurring Neelakurinji flowers. The scientific name of Neelakurijni or Kurinji is Strobilanthes kunthainus. Each shrub reproduces once in its lifetime; and, dies after flowering. These flowers blossom in 40 different varieties. Neelakurinji plants take 12 years for the seeds to sprout to become a flower. Hence, you can experience the splendidly beautiful view of purplish blue carpet all over in the gap of 12 years.
Best Time to Visit Munnar for a spectacularly marvelous view of Neelakurinji Flowers:
August is the best place to visit Munnar and see the marvelous view of these flowers all over the Annamalai Hills. Neelakurinji Flowers start blooming in late July. However, you can experience the beauty of these flowers till October.
Special Honey which lasts about 15 years is from Neelakurinji Flowers:
Neelakurinji flowers hold a large amount of nectar (honey). This nectar becomes the feast for butterflies, honeybees and other insects.
Neelakurinji flowers’ honey is so special and pure that it lasts for about 15 years without getting spoilt. Not only this, but the honey from Neelakurinji has huge medicinal properties.
Guidelines and Instructions for Kurinji Visitors:
- Behave like a responsible visitor and do not pluck the flowers or plant.
- Please understand that the plants will grow only above an altitude of 1500 meters. Therefore, there is no point in plucking them to grow at home. That’s logically & practically not possible.
- The Kurinji plants act as a natural fire protector to the grasslands as these are fire resistant. Hence, protects the grasslands from forest fires or such kind of calamities.
- Neelakurinji plants check soil erosion as well.
- If you harm these Kurinji, they will cease to exist. And, this will not let future generations, the splendid experience of witnessing its flowering. Also, harming these plants will result into irreparable damage to the delicate balance of the environment.
- The Neelakurinji flowering area is a STRICTLY NO PLASTIC ZONE. Please cooperate and carry your garbage back with you till you dump it in a dustbin.
- After all, our Earth is our responsibility.
Tickets to Visit National Park for the amazing view of Neelakurinji:
- INR 120 for adults
- For kids, its INR 90
- Pay INR 40, if you want to use your camera inside the park.
- For foreigners, the tickets will cost INR 400 each.