The Neelakurinji Flowers Of Munnar
Munnar may be known for its verdant valleys, endless tea estates and panoramic views, but every 12 years, the Nilgiri mountain range of Munnar makes way for an unusual phenomenon that is only found in this hill town of Kerala. Parts of Munnar’s lush greenery turns a beautiful shade of purplish-blue, giving life to the rare Neelakurinji flowers.
The Neelakurinji flower blossoms after a wait of 12 years, turning Munnar’s hills into a luscious bed of flowers in a striking shade of blue! Not only is the appearance of these flowers rare, what attracts travellers from all over the country is the view, which sometimes harbours a close resemblance to Netherlands’ Tulip fields, but right here in India. If you look closely, you will notice that the Neelakurinji flowers are small in size and grow in clusters, creating an illusion of an endless sea of blue as far as your eyes can see!
The peak time for the Neelakurinji flowers to bloom in 2018 is predicted to be August and September, as monsoon starts receding from Kerala. However, if you want to avoid the crowd that flocks to witness this beauty, July and October are also a great time to visit as the flowering season picks up and ends respectively. If you have been wanting to visit Munnar, make it happen this year with Ease India Travel. Our trip to Munnar is timed perfectly to match the blooming season of the Neelakurinji flowers and planned in a way that allows you to make the most of this unusual event. This much-anticipated event brings in thousands of tourists to Munnar, so the earlier you plan your trip and make bookings, the better off you are.
If you have been wondering where exactly in Munnar you can see these beauties in full bloom, here’s a little tip for you. The Eravikulam National Park in Munnar offers a stunning uninterrupted view of rolling hills covered in a carpet of the purple-ish Neelakurinji flowers, a view that is hard to find elsewhere and definitely one not to be missed! Another great spot to catch this breath-taking view is from the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal highway, popularly known as the Top Station.
Munnar and its surrounding regions are known for its biodiversity, and the blooming of the Neelakurinji flowers every 12 years, only adds to its charm. So why wait for another 12 years? Take this rare opportunity to plan a trip to Munnar this flowering season to connect with nature and tick this unusual experience off your bucket list.
Chandrika July 23, 2018